Christopher Lehmpfuhl has doubtlessly been influenced by the Impressionists. As an eight-year-old, the artist, born in 1972, visited an Impressionism exhibition in Berlin and was deeply moved by the painterly technique of artists such as Claude Monet and Camille Pissarro. Initially striving to emulate the works of the old masters, he developed his own technique under the guidance of his drawing teacher Wolfgang Prehm. About ten years later another crucial experience [marked the artist’s life and work]: the fall of the Berlin Wall. Subsequently, Lehmpfuhl has been drawn to the eastern part of the formerly divided Berlin - a city to be discovered anew. He decided to capture his experiences on canvas, and enrolled as a student of Prof. Klaus Fußmann at the Hochschule der Künste, Berlin in 1992, becoming his master student in 1998. Numerous solo and group exhibitions in Germany and abroad followed, as well as awards, including the GASAG art price and a stipend of the Bayerische Akademie der Schönen Künste (Bavarian Academy of Fine Arts). Today Lehmpfuhl’s work is held by numerous collections, such as the Collection Würth, the Deutsche Bundestag and the ZKM in Karlsruhe.
Christopher Lehmpfuhl in Italy,
October 2011, Photo: Florian Selig