During his one-year stay in Australia bush fires have had a significant impact on Thomas Girbl's artistic development, and the close connection between destruction and the creation of something new through fire has led him to experiment with it.
Fire as an artistic medium instead of brushes or other classical painting utensils is also an interesting aspect from the point of view of art history, because Thomas Girbl's artistic spectrum touches on painting, sculpture, drawing, as well as graffiti art and symbolically merges into a new, independent technique.
Born in 1970 in Salzburg; received his first artistic training at the Technical College for Creative Arts and Crafts in Ferlach (Engraving Department), then worked as an engraver in Graz and Cologne; passed the master craftsman examination for engravers in Innsbruck in 1993 and took private studies with Prof. Alesa Vaic in Prague (graphic reproduction); in 1994 master class with Prof. Günther Meck in Millstatt and Mannheim (free and nude painting); stayed in Australia for study purposes in 1997/98 and created his own new painting technique based on his observation of bushfires; since 1998 work as a freelance artist in Faak am See (Carinthia) (further development of his painting technique: burning pictures)
Selection of Solo Exhibitions
2019 - 1994
Amorc Art Forum (Baden-Baden Germany)
Abbey Dürnstein (Wachau)
Artspace Castle Dinzl / Cultural Departement (Villach)
Artspace David MD (Vienna)
Kraigher Gallery (Feistritz i. the Valley of Roses)
Neue Wiener Werkstätten (Vienna)
Artforum (St. Jakob i. the Valley of Roses)
Alpen Adria Gallery (Klagenfurt)
Exhibitonshall Wollzeile (Vienna)
Rimmer Gallery (Velden a. W.)
Scholarship of the Capital Klagenfurt (Paris)
Galerie Citè Internationale des Arts (Paris)
Gallery in the Castle (Finkenstein)
City Gallery (Klagenfurt)
Gallery Haus Meer (Düsseldorf)
Interart Gallery (Salzburg)
Silver-Atelier Meister (Zürich)
Kennedy Gallery (Nassau, USA)
Gallery tonArt (Vienna)
Publication of the catalogue "Forces of the Inner Eye"
Gallery RB (Feldkirchen in Carinthia)
Galerien the Klimtvilla (Vienna)
Leopold Kohr Academy (Neukirchen)
Gallery Grapthion (Prag)
Cardealer Czaker (Baden bei Wien)
Cultural Departement Salzburg
Cultural Departement Villach
Cultural Departement Klagenfurt
Cultural Departement Finkenstein
Cultural Departement St. Jakob i. the Valley of Roses
Cultural Departement Feistritz i. the Valley of Roses
Cultural Departement Laa a. d. Thaya
City Gallery Klagenfurt
Selection of Group Exhibitions
Participation on the 6th International Fine Arts Festival (Kranj Slovenia)
Art Fair Schwetzingen (Germany)
IPP Exhibition (Ras Al Khaimah, United Arab Emirates)
Luxury Fair "Luxury, please" Hofburg (Vienna)
„On the way to the Artist in St. Jakob in the Valley of Rosen"
with publication of a catalogue
Trade Fair for Living & Design (Vienna)
Gallery 3 (Klagenfurt)
Roland Abhold Gallery (Basel)
Art Fair in the Museum of Applied Arts (Vienna)
Burningpictures – Feuer als mein künstlerisches Medium!
Ich mache unsichtbares sichtbar durch die Kraft des Feuers.
Acryl, Öl, Aquarell, sind wohl die häufigsten und bekanntesten künstlerischen Medien! Feuer als Energie einzusetzen ist ein aufbauender, künstlerisch-kreativer Akt. Und genau das reizt mich als Künstler immer wieder von neuem - der Kreativität des Feuers hingeben und daraus meine Burningpictures entstehen zu lassen.
Burningpictures - Fire as my artistic medium!
I make invisible visible through the power of fire.
Acrylic, oil, watercolor, are probably the most common and well-known artistic media! Using fire as energy is an uplifting, artistic-creative act. Exactly that tempes me as an artist over and over again - to abandon myself to the creativity of fire and in this way to create my burningpictures.