The work of Joachim Bandau positions an atmosphere of order and concentration. With commanding knowledge, agility and sense of performance, Bandau meticulously and methodically applies successive pigment washes over dense hand-made paper. The ‘knife’s edge’ in these watercolour paintings is the line that appears as the brush is moved slowly, regularly and with steady pressure of the wrist above the rough surface of the paper. There is a huge degree of difficulty in this action, despite the appearance of an effortless accumulation. Developing slowly, the process of drying affects the works production so that they take months or even years to complete. The paper surface gradually fills with pigment, as the delicately layered hues dissolve into darkness.
Joachim Bandau (b.1936) belongs to the protean group of German artists, along with Gerhard Richter, Joseph Beuys, and Imi Knoebel, who came out of the Kunstakademie Düsseldorf in 1961. Bandau has had an uninterrupted schedule of major museum and gallery exhibitions throughout Europe dating back over fifty-five years.