Painter and Scientist

“Art is magic, freed from the lie of being truth” – the words of Theodor W. Adorno, philosopher of the Frankfurt School, are an excellent description of great painting. Horst Güntheroth’s work is grounded in this principle. And in a particularly tangible way.

Employing scientific principles in the search for truth played an important part in Güntheroth’s early development. The Hamburg based artist graduated in physics and, as a theoretical physicist, carried out research into quantum mechanics. It was at this time that he started to move away from the certainties provided by science and to engage artistically with the range and diversity of material phenomena. The aim: to create something magical.