Berlin-based artist Hendrik Krawen (born in Lübeck, 1963) is fascinated by the graphic representation of urban identities. As an insightful observer of progress, urbanisation and its disappearance, the artist confronts the influence of human beings on the environment from an unusual perspective.
In many of his works, Krawen focuses on metropolitan impressions, like graphic shapes or writing from the context of advertising and architectural elements like ledges and archways or details that can be found on facades such as the decorative patterns in brick walls in his ‘Steine’ series (2018). With neatly painted silhouettes of buildings, lanterns or billboards combined with fictional elements, he creates urban surroundings that exude the feeling of pulsating city life. Others even evoke romantic landscapes in which the outlines of individual human figures are isolated and de-contextualised or buildings are shown in an advanced state of decay.