Norbert Schwontkowski (1949 – 2013), who lived in Bremen and who was barely known beyond the borders of Northern Germany for a long time, was an artistic loner who did not exactly qualify as art businesses’ darling. His painting is far too bizarre and too strange (in the best way possible) and never pleasing. His works, which are often painted in brown, grey or black, convey a feeling of great seriousness, which sometimes takes shape in form of grotesque, bitterly humorous motives. This profundity was part of his work almost from the beginning and characterizes it more than any superficial stylistics.

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