The first time I’ve visited Torban’s studio, my heart skipped a beat.

Dorit, Framed co-curator had introduced us to Torben Giehler and his work at his unique studio a few months ago. I’ve walked in, and everything around me was beautiful.  There was a strong feeling of order along side a great feeling of freedom.  So many bold colors, surrounded by clean white walls and a high ceiling. Many lovely contradictions and mainly – tones of pure love for Art was present in Giehler’s space. 

You already know how I like asking questions… 
S0 here we go – A short interview with Torben Giehler:

Was there a specific moment when you knew you wanted to be an artist? 

I had a few moments to realize that the only way for me to survive in this world is to become an artist. 

How does your daily routine look like?

My perfect studio day starts on the bicycle for 2-3 hours. After that my brain is rebooted. Thats a perfect moment for me to go to the studio. 

Are you working while listening to music? what music do you like working with?

Music is my partner in crime in the studio. While painting I am listening to slow, heavy Doom music which is mostly instrumental.  It separates me from my environment and puts me in a different state of mind. 

I understand you’ve spent some years in NYC. And obviously, you’ve decided to return to Berlin. Could you tell us about the differences between the two cities from your point of view as an artist?

The two cities are very different. NY is full of energy 24/7. Good and bad. It constantly pushes you to new levels where in Berlin you have more space and time to reflect. Together NY and Berlin create a perfect environment to make my work. Now I live in Berlin but visiting NY regularly keeps this balance alive. 

What is your favorite part of the process of creating a painting? 

Start and finish of a painting. 

I love the bold colors you are using in your works. And I’ve noticed there are some paintings that are more influenced by landscapes/mountains and some that are more abstract. In my mind, the “mountains” and the “abstract” paintings have a relationship between them, as if one can’t exist without the other… am I right? (or totally wrong?)

Abstraction and landscapes coexist together in my work. They are both important because the train of thought in the process is very different. I go back and forth between both worlds which helps me to push my painting language further. 

What inspires you?

We are constantly being surrounded by images and colors. Our digital world is a big starting point. How we live in the real and virtual world. Inspirations that I want to reflect in my work. 

What is your current professional dream?

To paint for the rest of my life. 

Do you have anything you would like to say to Framed gusts who are about to join us at Framed #20?

Experience my paintings and if you have any more questions feel free to ask.

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