The painting of Peter Handel
Influenced by the attitude and the hence resulting picture language of American photo realists of the seventies, which demanded a visual reality of everyday life and to register every detail, whether from humans or from subjects, equally to fit worthy scenes to them without emotions, from the beginning Handel expanded his visual spectrum to exactly this point.
Indeed, right in the early stages he allowed himself to be fascinated by the picturesque possibilities, which permitted him to vary different levels of reality - realistic and idealistic – facing each other or assemble these either beside or behind each other, combine similar to similar or to oppose in a sharp contrast to each other.
Producing and balance a tension between these in principle contrary reality levels becomes for Handel a central topic. Thus he allows two different areas to clash, borders for example hyper realistic Feinmalerei suddenly against generous areas of moving brush stokes.
In Peter Handel`s television images, which distort and change the colour of the current picture, to pause it for one second. Dominating here is the bright, rich, but also transparent colours, created by his own photographic experiments.
Handel had the idea to apply visually the photography as an image in front a picture quite early, as he started to deal with the female body picturesquely and therefore the nude painting became a central theme for him, beside the variety of topics like the moving media pictures, the still life or the portrait
Although still fascinated by the immaculate but also stereotypical appearance of the medial act models, Handel turned later more and more away from the cliché towards the real face-to-face and explores its sensual presence, in sight, posture, gestures and movement.
Through the painting the erotic aura of the real naked beauty is now made noticeable.
Ursula Vethacke, M. A.