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Maierhofer Johann Georg

Form and Colour

Form is also colour.
And colour is also form.
No colour, no form.
No form, no colour.

If you bring paint to paper, it will be confined by a form.
If you bring a form to paper, it will be born only with colour.

The easiest way: black on white.
The unusual way: white on black.

From white to black is the way from living in this world to go away from living in this world.
White is coming from the other side of living. Black is going to the other side.

A white form on a black paper is like a newborn child trying to come into life.
Words written with white paint on black paper are looking for an answer, for coming in contact with the world and the reader in a very pleasant way.
When you hear or read, you can answer in yellow or red or blue. No need to answer in black.
When you answer in black on a white paper, your words are absolute. After the black nothing comes in this world. You go to a confrontation with black words. You can only answer with black words when you want to answer on the same level.

If you postulate, what to say, in blue everything will be possible to answer in a well done communication: yellow for bringing light in your answer, red for a powerful answer or also blue for being agree.

Knowing colour theories is helpful. But only knowing them is not enough. Feeling them is the way.
For a calligrapher the form is in the centre. For a painter the colour is in front. Great artist can manage both of them in an excellent work.

But anyway: only with colour we can make forms visible - and colour can only appear in a form.

Author works

Et nunc et semper, et in saecula saeculōrum

Ingres paper, gouache, nib, 48x62 cm, 2010


Ruling pen and gouache, gothic, uncial and free Roman style, 50x35 cm, 2008

The Quick Brown Fox

Parallel-pen, ink, gothic, uncial and latin free style, 45x64 cm, 2007


Parallel pen, ink, latin style, 32x45 cm, 2008

"Love is a Rose"

Uncial forms. Ingres paper, Chinese ink, automatic pen, 49x65 cm, 1996


Ingres paper, ink, piece of wood, 40x60 cm, 2004

Thy will be done

Ingres paper, ink, parallel pen, 40x60cm, 2007


Ingres paper, ink, parallel pen, 40x60cm, 2004–2006.

Eichhofen haven

Ingres paper, ink, parallel pen Eisengallus, pointed pen, 40x60 cm, 2006

The Golden Sphere. Entry Page of a fairy tale written by Hans Maierhofer

Written in uncial forms in a circle, black ink, Parallel-Pen, ingres-paper, 49x65 cm, 1998


Ingres paper, ink, parallel pen, 60x40 cm, 2006


Fraktur-forms. Ingres-paper, parallel-pen and ink, 49x65 cm, 2006


Ingres paper, ink, piece of wood, 60x40 cm, 2002

Kalligrafie. Die Kunst des shonen schreibens (Calligraphy. The art of Beautiful Handwriting)

Gondrom Verlag GmbH, Bindlach, 2005

Kalligraphie. Von der Form zum Buchstaben (Calligraphy. From Shape to Letters)

Urania Verlag, Stuttgart in the Verlagsgruppe Dornier GmbH, 2006

Kalligraphie. Mit skizzen fur alle Motive (Calligraphy. With Sketches for all Subjects)

Urania Verlag in the Verlag Kreuz GmbH, 2007

“Die deutche Schrift” (German Script) magazine

Issue 1, 2008

Vater unser (Our Father)

Paper, gouache, nib, 48x62 cm, 2010

Eustachius Kugler

Ingres paper, gouache, nib, brush, 51x68 cm, 2009

Homeland 1

Ink, nib, oil-crayon, 29.5x40cm , 2014

Homeland 2

Ink, parallel-pen, pencil, 40x29.5cm , 2014

Homeland 3

Ink, nib, coloured pencil, 29.5x40cm , 2014

If you want peace

Parallel pen and colour pencil, 200 x 300 mm, 2016

Worte sind symbole //Words are symbols

Broad nib, ink, 300 x 200 mm, 2016

Was ist gluck // What is happiness

Parallel pen and fine liner, 300 x 200 mm, 2016
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