Martin Werthmann is one of the most prominent artists of his generation to devote themselves to the genre of woodblock printing. On the surface, Werthmann’s works are an aesthetically engaging series of patterns and textures.  Yet, with more investigation, the images under the surface reveal a tension and subtle melancholy.  The motifs and patterns in his prints are created from found images of tragic events such as car accidents and car bomb explosions juxtaposed with mundane elements like picturesque landscapes and water surfaces.  Aside from the pure aesthetic interest, he is drawn to photos of catastrophic events because they represent moments that break daily routines and disrupt society.  His monumental colour woodblock prints on vast lengths of paper are captivating in their radically new use of forms as well as an aesthetic that puts the vague and the diffuse centre stage.

Exhibitions at HELDENREIZER

  • 2020 - "Martin Werthmann - The Catastrophe as Space", 04.12.2020 - 31.01.2021 in Munich

  • 2019 - "Martin Werthmann - SILENCE", 12. - 14.09.2019 in Munich


  • Born 1982 in Gießen

  • Based in Berlin

  • 2004-2009 Studies of Fine Arts at the Academy of Fine Arts, Hamburg


  • 2019 - Marcus Trautner (ed.): SILENCE - Martin Werthmann, Heldenreizer Contemporary 2019

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