Leinwanddruck eines Pferdeportraits in einer mondänen Altbauwohnung
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“I am overwhelmed by the power and depth of these paintings. Amazing!”

With my painting I want to express the enthusiasm of my clients and immortalise their beloved horses and people by bringing them to life on canvas.

Therefore, I paint with powerful, expressive brush strokes, let the colours run over the canvas or spread them with wide trowels. Layer by layer I apply the colours, paint over them … again and again, with the first layers still working their way through when I work out the last details.

In this process I create modern, tension-filled horse paintings, horse portraits and portraits full of authenticity and movement, in which the observer discovers new details again and again and delves deeply into the nature of the horses or people. He should not only recognise what he sees. He should experience it. It should touch him.

Atelier Hartmut Hellner, wide brushes for powerful brushstrokes
Art studio Hartmut Hellner, old wooden trestles

But where does this enthusiasm for horse painting come from?

Friends of my parents were passionate riders. They often took me to the eventing championships in Luhmühlen and I spent a lot of time with the horses in their stables. They also collected works by important horse painters. Their walls were literally wallpapered with horse paintings, engravings and reproductions by masters such as John Boultbee, Alfred Dedreux, George Stubbs or contemporary representatives of horse painting.

Art studio Hartmut Hellner, acrylic paints from the premium manufacturer Lascaux
Atelier Hartmut Hellner, plate with paints

Horses that freeze on the canvas …

I was enormously impressed by the scenes I experienced during eventing and by the beauty, power, elegance, energy, expressiveness, temperament and depth of the horses. In comparison, I found the paintings of the famous old and younger masters of classical horse painting almost static.

… and why I bring them to life.

With my painting, I’m taking a completely different, new approach. I am interested in unfolding dynamics on the canvas and making them tangible.

That’s why I don’t get caught up in the details, but rather throw portraits of horses as well as scenes from galloping, dressage, show jumping or polo on the canvas with explosive brushstrokes. The form often dissolves in the movement, the motif merges with its surroundings, “lines of force” plough through the scenes.

From landscape to portrait

Before I found the love for horse painting, I developed my style on landscapes and later on portraits. Here and there are elevations and depressions, light and shadow, liveliness and erosion. Portraits are actually facial landscapes. But what makes them more interesting than landscapes are the eyes, in which the essence of people and horses is reflected.

It is said that the eyes are the window to the soul. That’s why I work them out precisely and try to reflect all their depth.

The contrast between the fleetingly thrown parts of the picture and the eyes, which are worked out in detail, creates a tension that draws the viewer into the painting.

Free work and commissioned painting

Many of my paintings, whether they are portraits, scenes from equestrian sports or horse portraits, are made as commissioned paintings. If you are looking for a very special gift or want to give yourself a personal painting as a present, please send me an inquiry without obligation. Or give me a call: + 49 178 7619485 or send me an email. But maybe you are interested in one of the other paintings, which you can find under works.

By the way: canvas prints are also possible.

For some of my customers the price of the original is out of their budget … or it is simply too big for the wall they want to put it on … or too small. That’s why I also offer my horse paintings and portraits as canvas prints and am always impressed how close the prints are to the original painting.

Immortalise the great moments and encounters of your life in three steps.

Step 1: Do you have a photo that is suitable as a template for your painting?

1. My paintings are based on photos.

Do you have a photo that is suitable as template for a painting? Don’t be too ambitious. Often simple mobile phone photos are sufficient for me. If you are unsure, it is best to send me the photo and I will see if it is suitable.

Step 1: Do you have a photo that is suitable as a template for your painting?

2. How large should the painting be?

I would be happy to advise you in determining the correct size. I will put your photo templates in different formats so that you get the best possible feeling for the composition before I begin to paint.

Step 3: Now I paint your commissioned painting in my studio.

3. Let’s get started.

After we have found the right template and determined the perfect format, I get to work. When I am finished, I send you a first impression. Of course I will be happy to respond to your requests for changes.

If you’re not satisfied, neither am I.

Therefore, I would like you to accept the painting only if it excites you.

And how much does a painting cost?

That depends entirely on the format and motif. The best way is to send me an inquiry without obligation. Of course you can also call me at +49 178 7619485 or send me an email.

Do you have any questions?
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