Tilmann Krumrey (b. 1966)
German sculptor Tilmann Krumrey comes from a ‘bauhaus’ family and began his career as an abstract, modernist artist.
However, his first contact with art happened in his childhood visiting house and studio of charismatic Doris von Sengbusch-Eckardt (1905–2000), an expressionist sculptor and sister of Krumreys grandmother.
Krumrey studied art history and economics. He was first mentored by his father Immo Krumrey, interior architect, master student of Max Bill and industrial designer, and then by the renowned sculptor and silversmith Prof. Hartwig Ullrich. Both strongly founded in bauhaus heritage.
A journey through Greece was the turning point: Krumrey embarked on an intensive dialogue with the classical figure and made the human form subject of his creative adventure.
Through researching existential philosophical topics, Krumrey became familiar with Campbell’s archetypal Monomyth model. His ongoing investigation of ‘the hero’s journey’ yielded numerous artworks and provided the impetus for the Monomyth series. He is profoundly influenced by notions of physicality in antiquity as much as by Michelangelo and Rodin. The mirror-image multiplication of Cain and Abel may be considered an innovation in the field of figurative sculpture.