Q: If you could have dinner with anyone dead or alive, who would it be?
I would have loved to meet Sigmar Polke, such a character and a lighthouse of an artist in my early days of finding my path as an artist. I always thought his slightly irreverent, humorous attitude so sympathetic. His work is still outstanding and deeply inquisitive visually and conceptually especially as he continually transcended formulaic style.
Q: What is the most valuable thing you own?
My eyes, my hands, my health. Artistic freedom.
Q: What event has impacted you most in your life?
Growing up in Berlin, the fall of the Berlin wall was pretty major – also because it felt that the world was opening up and at least in my teenage state of mind an enormous sense of optimism prevailed for years after that. I immediately moved from then West Berlin to Prenzlauer Berg and then Mitte and the world was all of our oyster….Great times, the early 90s in Berlin.
Born and raised in Berlin, Tinka Bechert now lives in Ireland and Berlin. Showing her work extensively across Europe, The UK, and Ireland, Tinka Becherts work is represented in many private and public collections such as the Irish Office of Public Works, the Central Art Archives in Berlin, Germany and Tate Britain, London.
Even though her main occupation is painting in its infinitely seductive materiality, the artist engages that very specific medium in an open artistic inquiry nourished through the cross-pollination of ideas, techniques and disciplines. Intertwined with and departing from her painting practice, the artist has worked on interdisciplinary collaborations with scientific institutions such as the Berlin-Brandenburg Academy of Sciences and Humanities (BBAW), Neues Museum Berlin and the Institute for Advanced Study (HWK, Hanse-Wissenschaftskolleg).
Recent Painting highlights include publication of a comprehensive monograph, nomination for the BEEP Painting Prize in the UK, ashowing her work at the New York Painting Center and a major Solo show of new paintings with her Berlin Gallery (Galerie Gerken) kindly supported by Culture Ireland.