Peter Dauphin aka Muth, born in 1958 in Nuremberg is a master-class graduate of the academy of arts Nuremberg. He studied theater sciences and contemporary German literature. Muth works in three directions. His grand cityscapes of London, New York, Rio, Dubai etc. are fascinating views of Babylonian cities. The artist spends weeks roaming the target city experiencing its essence, comparable to a lone wolf driven by instinct, he ultimately creates picturesque large-scale projects of technical brilliance and almost maddening attention to detail.
In the second work group «power and paralysis «, the artist is inspired by the old masters devoting himself to Delacroix, Vermeer, Cranach, Balthus and others. These are small scale works on canvas (50×70 or 70x50cm) depicting human suffering caused by tragedies and the incomprehensible pain humans can inflict upon each other.
2014 in Miami, we where proud to premier creations from Muth’s third «work cycle»; The Fukushima series. This series of paintings was inspired by the recent Tsunami/Nuclear catastrophe giving birth to intensely beautiful images. Hidden within, revealing itself to the beholder upon a second or third glance, lies the tragedy itself, framed by the relentless human drive for reproduction. All of Muth’s third cycle work is presented in the ancient Japanese Shunga style. Further examination, with an eye for detail, reveals various markers within the work expressing the artists rage towards a society incapable or unwilling to learn.
Fredy Hadorn / English by Dieter Hadorn