'Halloween', Jost Münster

Painting of three rectangular canvas shapes propped against a wall, one white, one brown, one blue

Acrylic on canvas, 36 x 48cm, 2005

Artist's statement

Jost Münster’s paintings and installations draw the viewer into the space of the unexpected, constructing a reality that questions our very sense of what we think we behold. His starting point is in our everyday surroundings - the façade of a block of flats, the silhouette of electricity pylons against the horizon, the shadow of a tree on a house.

By stripping away pictorial detail and removing the subject from its original context, Münster creates flat, simplified forms that play with visual memory and the process of editing.

The artificial and chalky quality of the colours in these paintings brings a particular mood to the scenes: the coolness of the colour temperature and the deconstruction of the visual language create an uncanny quality in the work. Unsettling and playful, Münster’s work moves between abstraction and representation, the geometric and the organic, in a process that investigates our ability to see with our eyes rather than with our minds.

(Text by Jane Bhoyroo)


Jost Münster was born in Ulm, Germany in 1968. He studied at the State Academy of Art and Design Stuttgart 1990-96 and Goldsmiths College London 2002-03. His group exhibitions include Made in UK Archgallery London 2003, Goldsmiths Graduates Gallery Mirko Mayer Cologne 2004 and Current Vision Sartorial Contemporary Art London 2005. He has shown in group shows at Lounge Gallery London (2005, 2006) and has a solo show there in 2006. Other solo shows include Vorort Galerie Zellberg Berlin 2000, 24h Württembergischer Kunstverein Stuttgart 2002 and Das Wesen der Dinge versteckt sich gern Kunstverein Ulm 2004.