Bernd Hieke is an artist and painter. His work breathes the creation. In his filigreed lithographs, his detailed copperplate engravings and paintings, the world of nature merges with the mental world, melting to an intensive artwork, each one stating the reverence for nature. At the age of 11, he and his parents moved to Elsterberg, Germany. He became bewitched by the charming landscape surrounding the small town. Drawing and curiosity about nature more and more became his passions. He was influenced, formed by literature, especially Herman Loehns depiction of nature. Hieke is inspired by the creation. He focuses on ornithology. He read specific literature. He encountered the work of Nobel prize winner Konrad Lorenz, finding conformation and encouragement in Lorenz point of views. Meanwhile, Hieke also became a well-known ornithologist. In Hiekes work, detailed landscapes, agitated scenes and writings flow into each other. As detailed as they are, they never reach reality, leaving space for interpretation, imagination. His sense for the special properties of the materials used, the choice of the colors, as well as the richness of the drawings, create a unique world in each picture.

In several different schools, he acquired the knowledge to use the proper tools, which constitutes the foundation of his work. One of the schools he attends, is the Academy of Art in Rudelstadt. Here, he was especially influenced by Elke Hopf. Before he started lithography some years ago, he devoted his time and passion to engraving copperplates. He likes the line. The line expresses his emotion – clear and yet always part of the whole. He is attracted to the stone, its structure, which he brings into his work. Hieke respects the stone. He is famous for his Exlibris and paintings beyond local borders. Collectors from the eastern and the western part of Germany order these small artworks from him. Even artists in Japan and China pay attention to his Exlibris-work. Nowadays they are the major part of his artwork.
(Translated into English by Falk Hieke and Ethel Mount)    
Karsten Schaarschmidt


copperplate engraving