Produced in 2013 and early 2014, these paintings carry the spirit of the ancient alchemists, whose search to transmute lead into gold really was about transmutation, purification, and perfection.

On view at Galerie Bernard are the Retorts, Laboratorium, and Alchemical Abstractions. The Retorts consists of the flasks and beakers one would find in a science laboratory. Just as alchemy in the Middle Ages led to modern day science, for Hermann art about alchemy is a way of facilitating transformation in life. It relates to that process Carl Jung referred to as individuation. The Coniunctio series (2013) in graphite and pastel on paper, recall Giorgio Morandi’s paintings of bottles, for they are about light, colour and the human spirit. The larger oil on canvas Turris Circulatorius (2013) is mediaeval and Bosch-like with its profusion of flasks, beakers, all these mechanisms of transformation. As Geza Hermann says, “Stillness is the point of departure. From this meditative state of silence and stillness, I work with movement. Its my way of working.”

Geza Hermann’s Reflections Alchemiques remove the boundaries between art and life expressing the artist’s mercurial vision of life’s cyclical transformative processes we are part of.

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Experimentum Lumia, 2014
Oil, acrylic, metallic luminescent pigments on canvas
76.2 x 76.2 cm


Sublatio, 2013
Oil, luminescent pigments on canvas
76.2 x 76.2 cm