Wieland Payer

The Gentleman Explorer is a species which has become scarce today. Georg Forster and Alexander von Humboldt were among their first representatives; dauntless explorers, sophisticated intellectuals and artists at the same time. They had the ability to discover new territories and to describe and present them vividly to their contemporaries. They occupied the imagination of entire nations and created ranges of ideas which lasted for decades. Wieland Payer is a revenant of this visionary and adventurous type of human. His brilliant prints and drawings represent remote landscapes with weird cultures.

His first expedition led him to the Caucasus Mountains; further journeys disclosed more secluded territory of which the plausibility increases as the work of the young artist is developing. Some of the continents visited by Payer seem to already have been sighted from afar and drafted by Georg Forster. Payer aims “to see and amaze, to observe but primarily to collect and to measure“ as his tutor Uwe Pfeiffer states.

Payer’s series “Bondasca“ deals with the “Zone“, that mysterious and extraterrestrial area which is swarmed with marvellous artefacts and deadly traps. Arkady and Boris Strugatsky described this landscape in their book “Roadside Picnic“, with his movie “Stalker“ Andrei Tarkovsky erected a cinematic memorial in its honour in 1978.

Wieland Payer now transposes the mesmeric motifs of the Russian master director to the Engadin and Bergell, the setting of the earliest high mountain paintings in art history by the pre-Romanticist Caspar Wolf (1735-83).

Payer’s synthesis of Science Fiction and Romantic peception isn’t a coincidence: His MA thesis deals with German Romanticism. The atmospheric density and perfection of his Bondasca series refer to Carl Blechen, its metaphysical quality to Caspar David Friedrich. The “romantic irony“ isn’t missed out either: “pioneers“, preposterous crop creatures which seemingly emanated from psychedelic visions by lunatic illustrators populate the barren rocky landscape of the Swiss Alps.

Wieland Payer was born in Erfurt in 1981. He studied at the Burg Giebichenstein University of Art and Design Halle, the Accademia di Belle Arti in Rome and at the Royal College of Art in London.

Born in 1981 in Erfurt, Germany
Lives / works in Germany

2011: MA Fine Art Printmaking, Royal College of Art, London, UK
2009: Diploma Fine Art, University of Art and Design, Burg Giebichenstein, Halle/Saale, Germany
2007: Accademia di Belle Arti, Rome, Italy
2006: Fine Art Printmaking and Drawing, Burg Giebichenstein, University of Art and Design, Halle/Saale, Germany
2001: Architecture, Technical University, Dresden, Germany

Solo Exhibitions
2016 : Solo show, Leonhardi Museum Dresden
2016 : Solo show, Angermuseum, Erfurt, Germany
2016 : ‘Waldstaub’, Feininger Galerie, Quedlinburg, Germany
2016 : Presentation of new work in The Drawing Room, The House of St Barnabas, London
2015/16: ‘Abseits vom Getose der Welt’, Galerie Rothamel Erfurt, Erfurt, Germany
2015 : ‘Das Unendliche im Endlichen, Romantik und Gegenwart’, Kunstsammlung Jena, Jena, Germany
2014 : ‘Talstation’, Gallery Rothamel Frankfurt, Germany
2013 : ‘What’s he building out there?’ Man&Eve, London, UK
2012 : ‘Im Hercynischen Wald’, Galerie Rothamel Frankfurt am Main
2011: ‘Bondasca’, Gallery Rothamel Erfurt, Germany
2009: ‘Treibhaus’, Galerie Rothamel Frankfurt am Main, Germany — Diploma Show, Galerie im Volkspark, Halle/S, Germany

Selected Group Exhibitions
2015 : ‘Picture Perfect’, curated by Fantom, Viasaterna contemporary art, Milan, Italy — ‘Kunst am Baue’, Exhibition of contributions to the three competitions for the German — ‘Bundestag: Neustädtische Kirchstraße 14’, Dorotheenstraße 90 and Wilhelmstrasse 64, Federal Office for Building and Regional Planning, Berlin, Germany — ‘The Tragedy of Landscape’, Griffin Gallery, London, UK
2014: ‘All Things New’, Man&Eve Projects, London, UK — ‘Picknick am Wegesrand’, Galerie Biesenbach, Köln, Germany
‘Sommergaste V, Sommergalerie im Hofefeld’, Frauenstein, Germany — ‘OSTRALE 2014’, 8th International Exhibition of Contemporary Arts, Ostrale, Dresden, Germany
2013: ‘New British 2013’ curated by Patch, London, The Lloyds Club, London, UK — ‘Beautiful Things’, Albert Dock, Liverpool, UK — ‘Summer of Paper’, Galerie Biesenbach, Köln, Germany — ‘Trail, mit Claas Gutsche and Maria Theresia von Thurn und Taxis’, Galerie Rothamel Erfurt, Germany
2012 : ‘Young Masters Art Prize Show 2’, Gallery 27, Cork Street, London, UK — ‘Young Masters Art Prize Show 1’, Sphinx Fine Art, Kings Road, London, UK — ‘Architektur in der Malerei heute’, Galerie Rainer Wehr, Stuttgart, Germany — ‘Utopia’, Hoxton Art Gallery, London, UK — ‘Potenzial’, Galerie Rothamel Erfurt, Germany
2011: ‘Hausbesetzung’, Angermuseum Erfurt, Germany — ‘ING Discerning Eye’, Mall Galleries, London, UK — ‘The Future can wait’, Victoria House, London, UK — ‘Wanderlust’, Haggerston Studios, London, UK — ‘From Garden City to Green City’, Garden Museum, London, UK — ‘Final Show’, Royal College of Art, London, UK — ‘Focus Young Art’ , Lindenau Museum, Altenburg, Germany — ‘StadtLandFluss’, Jenaer Kunstverein, Jena, Germany — ‘Man Group Drawing Award’, Royal College of Art, London, UK — ‘CMYOK’, Cafe Gallery, London, UK
2010: ‘Die neue Präzision II’, Galerie Rainer Wehr, Stuttgart, Germany — ‘Give us four more years, with Michael Wegerer und Henrik Potter’, Hockney Gallery, Royal College of Art, London, UK — ‘Blütezeit’, Galerie Rothamel Erfurt, Germany — Interim Show, Royal College of Art, London, UK — ‘Everything what you can, I can do better?’ Cafe Gallery, London, UK — ‘30 Jahre Galerie Rainer Wehr’, Galerie Rainer Wehr, Stuttgart, Germany
2009: ‘Envia Art Calendar 2011’, Galerie Moritzburg Halle /S, Galerie Archiv
Massiv, Leipzig, Lindenau Museum, Altenburg, neue Sächsische Galerie, Chemnitz, Germany — ‘Denken wie der Wald’, Kunstraum Syltquelle, Sylt, Germany — ‘Malerei und Grafi k’, mit Franziska Peter, städtischen Galerie Geislingen, Germany — ‘Diplomausstellung’, Galerie im Volkspark, Halle/Saale, Germany
2008: ‘Grafi sch’, Klasse Thomas Rug im LIA, Leipzig, Germany — ‘Flügge’, Schloss Wallhausen, Germany‘ Payer und Payer, Wieland Payer und Peter Payer’ im GeWerk, Erfurt, Germany
2007: ‘Illustrative, Festival für Illustration’, Villa Elisabeth, Berlin, Germany
— ‘die neue Präzision’, Gallery Rainer Wehr, Stuttgart, Germany — ‘Kernbeißer, Klasse Thomas Rug’ in the Gallery of the UDK, Berlin, Germany
2006: ‘Zeichnen 2006’, Galerie Rainer Wehr, Stuttgart, Germany — ‘Coming home’, Galerie Krönbacken, Erfurt, Germany — ‘Burgausstellung’, ständigen Vertretung des Landes Sachsen- Anhalt, Brüssel, Belgium
2005: ‘greater chateau 5000’, Halle/ SKurzschluss, Gemeinschaftsprojekt der Kunsthochschulen Deutschlands, Stuttgart — Sie Stehen vor einer Mehrzweckhalle, Podium für Kunst, Schrammberg

Scholarships and Awards
2012: Young Masters Runner – up Prize Scholarship Sparkasse Mittelthüringen, Erfurt
2011 : Tim Mara Purchase Award — The Gordon Luton Award for Fine Art
2010 : 20:21 Art Fair Award 2010 — Scholarship of the DAAD for the UK
2009 : Scholarship of the German National Academic Foundation for Great Britain
2008: Scholarship of the German National Academic Foundation
2002. Prize, Foundation for Christian Art, Wittenberg

2011: ‘Anderswelten’, Wieland Payer catalogue, Galerie Rothamel, Erfurt, Germany

Works in public Collections
Sparkasse Mittelthüringen, Erfurt
Bundesumweltministerium, Berlin
Stiftung für christliche Kunst, Wittenberg
Klingspor Museum, Offenbach
Angermuseum, Erfurt
Neue Sächsische Galerie, Chemnitz
Royal College of Art, London
Garden Museum, London