Marc Gumpinger

Unreal digital landscapes painted with the most exact precision...

Marc Gumpinger’s artworks represent the refinement of countless years on expertise in the software and technology field. His paintings present unreal digital landscapes which act as the perfect analog for our technology-shaped generation.

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Marc Gumpinger’s works represent the refinement of countless years in the software and technology field: after learning the ropes on his C64 mini-computer at the age of nine, Gumpinger published computer and games graphics along with 3D visualisations whilst still at school. After gaining a PhD in Human Biology and developing industry leading image processing software, Gumpinger went on to build one of the world’s most influential mobile social gaming networks, which was later acquired by Blackberry® in 2011.

Gumpinger’s acute understanding of 3D software and the associated algorithms eventually lead to his unorthodox path into painting in 2015. His paintings, large in format, present utterly unreal digital landscapes, the perfect aesthetic for our technology-shaped generation. His works invite us to consider the disparity between what is real and what is false, "My works question our perception of reality in times where a significant part of our life happens digitally. The paintings figuratively depict a reality that was entirely created on the computer. Now, what is more real: the computer reality or the oil painting? This is the transformation of surrealist Rene' Magritte's 'Ceci n'est pas une pipe' into the digital age."

The algorithms Gumpinger uses to render the initial landscapes digitally, which are then painted in oil, are infinitely deep - meaning that even after endlessly zooming in, an end destination is never reached. What is found instead is a so called “self-similarity” which materialises itself as the mirroring of the micro-scale details within the hill shapes to the overall form of the hills. 

Gumpinger was born in 1974 and lives and works in Munich, Germany and his works form part of the Allianz Art Collection throughout Europe, USA and Asia. Most recently, Gumpinger was one of the featured artists in our summer group show Looking For U, an exhibition exploring thmes of identity and communication in the modern age.

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