As a self-taught artist I take liberties and claim the right to be curious
- curiosity lets me explore in my paintings, in various ways and ever
more extensive groups and cycles of egg-tempera paintings, pastels and
gouaches that are essentially love-letters to the senses, what I intend
to add to our world as a "parallel nature".
I wish for a world in man´s image and likeness.
For this reason my pictures - never mind how complicated they seem - are
intended to be simply beautiful.
Because beauty is and remains, I believe, by far the greatest provocation.
are, in my case, egg-tempera on canvas. This ancient technique allows
for making colours directly from pigments, so I make up my own paints.
They, and my pastels and gouaches on paper, are often conceived as groups
or cycles that permit a thorough exploration of thematically united blocks
"Mahlereien", a love affair with music; "Danielis
Dozen", a set of compositional experiments in the form of variations;
"Stretching Exercises", playing with tensions of expansion
and stress in a set of well-defined thematic material.
This does not mean a never-ending chain of connected images, but there
is undoubtedly a tendency to approach painting as an empirical experiment
that leads to series of results.
"Doppelfelix" does this in a set of line drawings (see
"BOOKS" and the catalogue of the show "Farbenspiele"
of my artists books in the Bayerische Staatsbibliothek, Munich) in the
form of a theme and variations, as do the gouaches of "Cosi fan
pochi", coming very close to the transformation of musical variations
Painting as a design of a world where Imagination alone rules.
As Artists Books they are an integral part of my work.
Beginning with "Spuren und Pfeiler", the first book in
collaboration with Jeremy Adler, by now more than a dozen Artists Books
have been produced.
There are two distinct groups:
Books with text by other authors
and books with my own texts.
The book, "Lehnwoerter" ("borrowed words")
with various texts (in German), five original drawings and one gouache,
was presented at the Vienna Secession.
The catalogue "Farbenspiele,
Artists Books by Friedrich Danielis" published by the Bayerische
Staatsbibliothek, contains an extensive survey of my work by Sabine
Solf with 30 reproductions in colour.
It can be ordered directly from the Bayerische Staatsbibliothek or, like
several other of my publications, from the book-shop of the Vienna Secession.