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Horst Braas

Born in 1946, in Klagenfurt in Austria.

From 1960-1965, he studied at the Fachhochschule und Design in Graz, and from 1965-1968 at the National College of Art in London although, he has said, he received his "real" education during these three years at Middle Earth and the UFO Club while living in a flat in Edith Grove, Chelsea.

He first met Furk Zhenk at a Who gig at the Station Hotel, Harrow, North London in 1965 and the two discovered a shared interest in the exciting new music and attendant lifestyle that was about to make London the world's grooviest place.

While still a student, his designs, collages and images began showing up on posters and flyers around London, advertising the 'happenings' that were becoming a regular part of the English capital's alternative lifestyle. Although he would later disown his work from the 1960s as "the period that any artist must go through before he grows up" he was, at the time, one of the first to embrace the artistic anarchy of Pop Art and Psychedelia and his work helped to make up the face that Swinging London showed to the rest of the world. In an interview in the infamous OZ magazine in 1968, Braas stated that his aim was "to fuse the avant garde with the mundane until the line between what is extreme and what is boring disappears altogether".

In the mid-70s, he went with a research award to study folk art and driftwood carving in Finland and Denmark and since then has lived and worked in Finland, Czechoslovakia and Sweden before settling in Helsinki, where he still lives and works. Determined to keep searching for the best ways to present his vision, Horst Braas has explored a variety of media including oils, watercolours, silk-screen printing, photography, video, performance art, wire sculpture and, most recently, computer graphic imaging. He has remained close friends with both Furk and Trynka Zhenk throughout Kilopop!'s career and his work has graced a number of their records and other artwork including "La Mode" (1968), "Otherwise" (1989) and their famous - and influential - poster (1968).

His work has been the subject of retrospectives in Los Angeles, London, Liverpool, Hamburg, Brussels and Prague. His latest exhibition, Vierzehn Möglichkeiten des Sehens ("Fourteen Ways of Seeing") has been shown in Glasgow and Copenhagen and is currently at the Musée de Tension in Quimper, France.


ohne einen Schatten
(without a shadow)
1973

Watercolour
130cms x 100cms


Totes Auge
(Dead Eye)
1986

Oil on canvas
350cms x 235cms


Zwischen Ihnen und Mir
(Between you and me)
1992

Oil paint and waste paper
150cms x 100cms


Genom
(Genome)
1994

Watercolour
150cms x 100cms


Odetta #17
1994

Silk-screen from solarised photograph
100cms x 108cms