Free Method Painting – New Paintings by Wolfgang Beltracchi


art room9 will present artworks by Wolfgang Beltracchi to an international audience in Basel for the first time from 13 to 17 June 2016 – parallel to the renowned art fair Art Basel.

 Free Method Painting

The term “Free Method Painting” was created by Wolfgang Beltracchi and gallery owner Curtis Briggs (art room9), in reflection of Lee Strasberg’s teachings on acting known as “Method Acting”.

According to this method, the actor becomes united with the capabilities and soul of the character and uses his skills and knowledge to embody the character’s emotions, thoughts and actions so perfectly that he becomes one with the character.

Wolfgang Beltracchi has virtuoso, complete mastery of this method as a painter. Thanks to his extensive knowledge of various artists he is able to grasp their essence and creativity in full and to internalise their style. Beltracchi is not only a painter of great technical skill; he is also a wonderful illusionist. He is one of the most versatile artists and talented painters of our time.

As a “Free Method Painter” he understands how to use his skills and creativity to merge the different styles and techniques used by major artists from different centuries. He thereby creates completely new compositions, telling his own stories and producing genuine works of art.


Exhibition’s key facts

Messeplatz 12
Conference Center • 3rd floor
4058 Basel / Switzerland

13 to 17  June 2016
10 am to 8 pm