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Great minds, great people, saying wonderful things...:

"Thank you very much for the prints of your scintillating art-work. It's among the finest computer-generated art I've seen."
Ralph Metzner

"After a couple of years of seeing Neuromancer illustrations ranging from hopeless to almost-but-not-quite, it is a nice shock to find something that looks like what I had in mind. Really hot.”
William Gibson

"Haha! You're a genius, Brummbaer!"
Robert Anton Wilson

Brummbaer is a German-American digital artist who has done work as an art director, designer, graphic artist, and 3-D modeler. His fine art and underground magazine Germania brought him recognition in Europe during the 1960s, and he orchestrated light shows for musicians such as Frank Zappa and Tangerine Dream. In 1985 the International Synergy Institute in Los Angeles invited Brummbaer to be their artist in residence, and work on their Fairlight CVI computer. Brummbaer began focusing on computer graphics. He created several short computer-generated animations and has done visual effects for a number of popular films. Brummbaer was one of the primary computer animators responsible for the special effects in the Tristar motion picture Johnny Mnemonic. Brummbaer also created innovative openers for SIGGRAPH's "Electronic Theater," and has long been a pioneer in the world of digital animation, where he has been noted for his signature hallucinogenic style.
   In the autumn of 2003 Brummbaer was diagnosed with squamous head and neck cancer. During several months of chemo- and radiation-therapy he wrote a semibiographical novel "Runaway Jesus". It is a book about the beginning of the “Sixties” in Europe.
The squamous head and neck cancer has not returned, although now he is inflicted with bladder-cancer. Brummbaer recently completed his second book, "What's So Wrong With Love and Peace" – about the years 1965-67.He currently lives and works in L.A. 

  "And now, here comes Brummbaer to show us how to use the screen for interpersonal communication; how to embrace, fondle, cuddle, snuggle, enliven our brain-exchanges to the level of the high spiritual art of India, China, Tibet, Rome, Egypt, Venice, Berlin. He has sculpted digital pixels into tender, caressing mind inter-play things.
It is always the artists who blueprint and design the spirit of a culture. The 21st Century is beginning to express itself in the shimmering electronic realities of these digital wizards."
Timothy Leary Nov. 1990 Los Angeles 

The paintings are based on fractal designs, calculated on a computer using commercial and some offbeat programs. After the creation by the fractal generators, the design is either moved into a 3D program like 3D Max and further treated, or taken into photoshop, where you tweak the color and composites. After several testprints, a high resolution version is painted in the computer with the help of a Wacom-tablet. Finally the image is professionally printed on canvas or paper guarantied to last a hundred years. Once the canvas is stretched, it is ready to be painted on. Layers of oil, acrylics and varnish give me the ability to create a vibrant painting, using some techniques of the old masters. This goes on until the painting  is finished. Every painting is a single, unique piece -- nevertheless, once a painting is finalized, it is possible to do prints in any size on any permissible material.

2010 Brummbaer