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Holger Lippmann

Holger Lippmann

Background Information about Holger Lippmann


Extremely sought-after for his art, which he has dubbed “e-art”, Holger Lippmann has been featured in numerous exhibitions. Born in 1960, he studied painting and sculpting in Dresden and Stuttgart, before moving on to develop his own computer drawing software. Lippmann’s images range from representational subjects like flowers to geometric figures to superimposed matrix structures. Although essentially abstract, Lippmann’s work is always connected to the concrete.

NFT in a Box

To see Holger Lippmann’s digital artworks in motion is to discover entirely new dimensions. The already varied and graphically detailed texture is joined by dynamic wavelike movements, sudden changes in colour and subtle geometric modulations that give his works an entirely new and unexpected look in both time and space. The paintings feel as if they have been called into being with the snap of a finger and now follow a secret logarithmic consciousness that in turn is powered by a generatively pulsating turbine.

Distant similarities to the world of objects come to the fore: in one work, we encounter the green expanse of an abstract landscape of machine-like rotational prose. In another, we observe the rotation of an abstract, melodic colour piano. A third work, too, transcends pure abstraction and culminates in figurative associations. We see the steady flow of a delicate system of lines whose changing colour contrasts seem to mirror the palettes of impressionist painting. What makes all these dynamic images unique is that, compared to their carefully arranged static predecessors, they develop a dynamic element that blows like a fresh breeze through the geometric textures, bringing a sense of verve to the old order.    

Stephan Reisner

Rose Cherry

In Japanese culture, cherry blossoms embody beauty, awakening, and transience. Their symbolic power is clearly expressed in Holger Lippmann’s digital work. From soft pinks to deep reds, Lippmann creates a sea of cherry blossoms in a wave of colour, celebrating his own hanami through his images.

And like the hanami, the traditional Japanese cherry blossom festival, Lippmann’s work inspires joyful and melancholic emotions at the same time. The digital artist stylistically and graphically reinterprets the cherry blossoms. A classically trained painter, he has traded his physical drawing implements for computer programs.

Recursive Trees

In his Recursive Trees series, Holger Lippmann uses digital means to capture the magic of blooming cherry blossom trees. In contrast to Rose Cherry, the depicted blossoms feel more powerful than delicate and playful. The branches give the images structure and weight. The extraordinary composition in Lippmann’s pieces quotes from traditional Japanese painting, impressively illustrating how captivating and emotional Japan can be during cherry blossom season.

Language of Landscape

Humans allegedly began creating the first mosaics 400,000 years ago. As one of the most advanced digital artists of our times, Holger Lippmann knows how to implement this ancient technique in a very special way. In his Language of Landscape series, he creates extremely modern masterpieces with inlaid landscapes in which the valleys, hills, and villages can only be recognised at a distance. It is clear that his creations originate on the computer.

The angular building blocks that make up the image are reminiscent of pixels, colourful pieces arranged into patterns. With their help, Lippmann creates aesthetic worlds that seem both abstract and full of life. Lippmann’s work falls somewhere in between artistic disassociation and realistic reproduction, between old values and modern perspectives.

La Forêt

These woods give off a thrilling air of mystery. Although they are clearly recognisable for what they are, the trees have little in common with reality. They indicate a future perfection we cannot even imagine yet. Holger Lippmann’s images in the La Forêt series settle somewhere between nature and virtual reality.

The futuristic tree trunks, the perplexing colours, the mystical light, the bold shadows, and the floral patterns come together in these extraordinary compositions. The series La Forêt evokes a whole range of emotions: fascination, curiosity, and also a slight fear of the unknown. The familiar seems strange while the foreign seems familiar. It appears nearly impossible to tear yourself away from this vision of another world.

Crimson and Scarlet

From a distance, the floral worlds in Holger Lippman’s Crimson and Scarlet series appear like a digitized natural spectacle. Upon closer inspection, the finer details become clear. Curving branches flow through the entire artwork like life-giving veins. Between them, crimson and scarlet flowers blossom in front of a soft, mauve background. While the interplay between the colors is already captivating enough, there is another layer to discover in that Lippman has outlined every single petal with his virtual brush. The blossoms in the foreground have contours in powerful white and red hues, in the middle there are individual petals with contrasting shades like sky blue, turquoise, and neon green. The artist lets the color accents in the background quietly fade away.


Digital or Computer-Aided Painting

When trained painter Holger Lippmann picks up a brush, he feels as though something is missing: the abundance of possibilities he can almost instantaneously run through using his computer program. And if, among them, Lippmann does not find an idea worth developing, he can always simply go back to square one. This is a creative luxury of his own design.

Holger Lippmann developed the computer drawing programs for his own work. With them, he composes delicate structures and abstract geometrical patterns he can layer and vary. The LUMAS pieces are based on a special program, in which the artist set a range of parameters to regulate the scattering of the geometrical elements. Lippmann then unites different compositions made in this way into cohesive pieces. “My internal process is the same as it was when I was working with paint and canvas,” Lippmann explains. “That’s why I call my current work digital or computer-aided painting.”

Like music, my work is born of improvisation.
Holger Lippmann


1960born in Mittweida, Germany
1985-90Graduated in Fine Arts - Sculpture at the Art Academy, Dresden
1990-92Student of the master class of Professor Klaus Schwabe, Art Academy, Dresden
1991Scholarship of Baden-Wuerttemberg/ Germany, post-graduate at the Art Academy, Stuttgart
Scholarship at Institut des Hautes Etudes en ArtsPlastiques, Paris, with Pontus Hulten, Daniel Buren, Sarkis
1992Internship at the Institute of Technology, New York / Department of Computer Art
1992-94lives in Brooklyn, New York
1997-98Post-graduate in Multimedia Education at CIMdata, Berlin
lives and works in Wandlitz, Germany


2002POPULAR, Animations 4 electronic music, Karlsruhe, Germany
Bildercodes, International media art award
1997CD-ROM Preis, Cynet art, Dresden, Germany


Single Exhibitions
2011Poetic justice & digital rights, gallery Wolkenbank, Rostock, Germany
2009Algebra Azalea Studio, Schauplatz Second Life
2008Take These Flowers, gallery Kasten, projectspace 4, Mannheim, Germany
2007Matter of substraction, media ruimte bruxelles, Brussels, Belgium
Meta Refresh, DAM Berlin, Germany
2005Run into flowers, DAM Berlin, Germany
2004Minimal garden, DAM Berlin, Germany
2003In images we trust, gallery Silberblau, Berlin, Germany
2001Digitale Tapeten, Art Forum, Berlin, Germany
1999Neo geometrische Kunst, Art Basel Media Art, gallery Gebr. Lehmann, Basel, Switzerland
1993Sentimentalismo, gallery Gebr. Lehmann, Dresden, Germany
Grüß Gott, Galerie Ingrid Haar, Mönchengladbach, Germany
1992Fern - Seh - Raum, gallery Autogen, Dresden, Germany
Mathematik und Melancholie, gallery Ingrid Haar, Moenchengladbach, Germany
1991Sans Titre, gallery Gebr. Lehmann, Dresden, Germany
1989B.S.I.G, gallery Gebr. Lehmann, Dresden, Germany
Group Exhibitions
2011B/w borderline galleria espoonsilta, Espoo, Helsinki, Finland
Just printed, gallery module2, Dresden, Germany
Menschenbilder "Grosse Kunstschau Worpswede", Germany
Leistungsschau, Kunsthalle Berlin, Germany
Der Lauf Der Dinge, long night of videoart, Galerie Ruhnke, Potsdam, Germany
2010Ohne uns! Art & alternative culture in Dresden before und after ‘89, Dresden, Germany
2009Dasistmeinsunddasistdeins, gallery Wolkenbank, Rostock, Germany
2008Masterplan, Abel Neue Kunst, Berlin, Germany
Kunstinvasion, Kunsthalle Berlin, Germany
Beyond the screen, DAM  Berlin, Germany
File, electronic languge international festival, Porto Alegre, Brasil


Share, Manufacturing, Festival of art and digital culture, Torino, Italy


Achtung Sprengarbeiten, NGBK Berlin, Germany


Flowers, flowers in contemporary art, H. Voigt gallery, Kunstmuseum Heidenheim, Germany


Out of disaster, Brotfabrik Berlin, Germany


Toronto Project, Goetheinstitut Toronto, Canada


Total kaputt, ABEL neue Kunst, Berlin, Germany


TRIPTYQUE, Abbaye du Ronceray, Angers, France
Glue Präsentiert, Galerie Glue Berlin, Germany
Du und dein garten, Kunsthaus Erfurt, Germany
2002Werkzeuge und Einheiten, Berlin Frankfurter Allee 3, Germany
2000A ourssm, Kunst Akademie, Dresden, Germany
1999DID, das kollektive ICH, Kunst Akademie, Dresden, Germany
1998ACHSE3zu01, Kunst Akademie, Dresden, Germany
Sächsische Kunstausstellung, Schloss Dresden, Germany
1994Kunst in Deutschland, Bonn, Germany
1992Export import, Gallery Ränitzgasse, Dresden, Germany
Vier II, Leonhardi Museum, Dresden, Germany
1991Vom Balkon Europas, gallery Gebr. Lehmann, Dresden, Germany
2007-200814.11. - 11.01., URBAN TRANSIENCE, Goethe Institut Rotterdam (NL)
 200719.10. - 02.12., Achtung Sprengarbeiten, NGBK Berlin
14.09. - 20.10., URBAN TRANSIENCE, ABEL neue Kunst