Artist Caspar Baum deconstructs the built and natural worlds with his oil and acrylic paintings. He balances his subjects with unobstructed backgrounds or blurred settings, giving the artist space to capture the light, color, and structure of his subject to be the focus. To create each piece, Baum carefully divides his canvases into portions that correspond in both size and density, then re-composes each segment to assemble an imaginative, subdued environment. His recent series was inspired by Gothic cathedrals and explores dynamic structures and how they integrate themselves into our environments.
Inspired by the atmosphere, stillness, and tranquility he experienced while traveling through Eastern Asia, Baum intends his works to bring those elements into a given space. An avid traveler, Baum gives us a window into all the places he’s been and the scenes that defined these experiences. “My paintings depict my artistic journeys—incorporating elements of travel, fascination, discovery, and cultural interaction,” said the artist. Unobstructed backgrounds are leveled with the allocation of the subject, be it a forest, valley or surface of a structure. As the piece takes hold and shape, Baum becomes the brave intruder creating an integrative diary of the earth’s natural vastness. Baum has previously exhibited at the Deutsche Bank Foundation, the Ulmer Museum, the Hans Werner Henze Collection, and the Richard Meier Studio and Agora Art Gallery, both in New York.