On Being an Artist – Johannes Manz Day Five

by Geoff Hall on January 13, 2012

"Morgenstern II" (Morningstar), Oil on Canvas by Birgit Manz

Day Five of our series ‘On Being an Artist’ follows the thoughts and inspirations of Johannes Manz, the owner of the Aspekt Galerie in Neustadt, Germany. Johannes’ wife, Birgit is an artist who revels in Creation and her painterly style exudes a confidence in her medium. Birgit also likes to paint scenes of a more surreal nature, the colours vibrating as if to shake the viewer out of a deep sleep and back into reality. I love the exuberance of her style, her gentle touch but powerful vision.

The next two questions are focusing on the development of the artist and gallery owner!



Spiritual Development – How do you understand the need for the spiritual development of the artist?


Johannes Manz owner of the Aspekt Galerie

The Spiritual Development of Artists is essential and indispensable. According to my understanding Art is in most Cases of a spiritual and prophetic Character. To be an Artist is a part of our Godlikeness as he is the Creator and gave us the Ability to create. Therefore for me the nurturing of the personal Relationship to God is a Top Priority for each Artist. At least God is the Source of all Art.

A special focus I see in the Person of the Holy Spirit, who lives in the believing Artist and is according to the New Testament ”the Spirit of him who raised Jesus from the dead” (Romans 8,11). I know this is a minefield of theological controversies. But I insist: Loving the Spirit, walking and talking in the Spirit is more necessary than ever for the Artist who claims to be a Christian. And it will make all the difference in the long run with your Art.


Disregarding all the fights around this topic leads me to ask you a question: Why, do you think the Surrealists and the Dadaists were so powerful and are so influential still today?



"Ship" Photograph by Julia Smirnova

The galerie has also shown the work of Russian photographer  Julia Smirnova and is developing a rich aesthetic pallette, you just need to go there and experience it. Flights from the UK go to Frankurt am Main.

We’ll be back on Monday for the final two days of our guest blogger Johannes Manz.

Peace and Love,








One comment

I really love Birgit’s use of paint, of colour. Her application seems so free, so expressive. I love the change in the sky’s colour. It captures the moment and holds it there for us to ponder.

How does Birgit feel about colour and expression?


by Geoff Hall on January 20, 2012 at 11:57 am. Reply #

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