Michael Fink: Pablo

Michael Fink

Artwork’s Title: Pablo

Materials Used: Oil on canvas

Studio Based: Berlin

Michael Fink, Pablo, 200 cm x 140 cm, oil on canvas, 2020

Can you tell us about the process of making your work?

Based on the topic I am dealing with, I usually start to collect different kinds of visual material. Photoshop is a powerful tool for trying out different compositions and color schemas, I like to sketch down my first ideas there and then move to painting on canvas. Even though I work with a reference picture, the outcome can look very different. I really don’t claim perfection in my work. The best feeling ever is when I manage to surprise myself, that would be never reachable when planning painting to death. When doing my research I prefer a calm environment, in my studio would be too much distraction. But when it comes to painting I like to paint fast, I love the physical aspect of working the color into the surface. Usually I listen to aggressive music while doing so. I like to mix my paint before starting painting so I can just focus on the action right away. For now I just work on one painting at the time because looking at some unfinished work hanging around in the studio stresses me out. I also don’t work on one painting longer than a week. I use to compare it to a love relationship, when it starts to feel toxic you should maybe consider to dump it and start from scratch than trying to hold on onto something which is already over.

How would you define your work in a few words (ideally in 3 words)?

Rapid, suspect, silly.

How did you come up with this painting idea? Is there any story behind the ‘Pablo’ painting?

Before this painting I was strictly rejecting any kind of figuration in my work. So a whole new chapter opened up for me. 

I was experimenting with different concepts of repetition at the time and came up with this two headed dog which looked kinda funny to me so I wanted to give it a shot. Basically it is leaned on a portable network graphic that has been cut in half, duplicated, mirrored and morphed through different filters. 

What color is used the most in this painting?


What would be the best way to exhibit your work?

I’m fine with the white cube.

How do you know when this painting was finished?

On this one it was all about getting the right color for the background, once I found it I just had to apply until everything was covered.  

What about the place where you work? What does your studio space look like?

I work in the studio provided by the Kunsthochschule Berlin Weißensee which I share with 2 other students. When they are working next to me it gives me the feeling of working in a factory, I really like that vibe. 

Is there any particular message that you wish your viewers can take from this painting?


What does your mum think about your art?

I asked her that on Whatsapp and she was answering just with a laughing smiley. ;D She is very supportive though. 

Which exhibition did you visit last?

 “Growing Pains” by Trey Abdella at König Galerie. 

Which are your plans for the near future?

I am already working on a new series which I hopefully manage to concrete within the next months.

Additional Paintings

Michael Fink, Do horses get braces?, 170 cm x 170 cm, oil on canvas, 2020
Michael Fink, Rudi the Fudi, 90 cm x 70 cm, oil on canvas, 2020
Michael Fink, Fishtank, 100 cm x 100 cm, oil on canvas, 2020


All images are courtesy of the artist

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