Austrian Expressionist Turns Matches into the Flame of Imaginative Art

by Hans Peter Hettich

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Hans-Peter Hettich imaginative art

The artist and photographer Hans-Peter Hettich is a keen observer of his surroundings. During his wanderings through the cities and oceansides, he collects and photographs objects that we would ordinarily ignore and pass by.

He uses torn posters or paper ads, often everyday objects, and adds them together side by side with a sure and creative eye. He finds poetry and beauty in the most unlikely places and in the simplest things.

Above all he is able to lift the city and its countless facets of its ordinariness and through his eyes give the found objects a second glance, a second life.

Inspired by a first visit to the City of Angels in 2003, he began to pick up items and collect them.

Moving on from the two-dimensional collages, he now creates reliefs and assemblages. The material is always used in its original state as it was found and incorporated directly into his artwork. With his own alcidine of architecture he creates an artistic vision of human-like pictures and figures, mostly of the waste deprived from our modern society.

Photo by Jeramy Pritchett /
Hans-Peter Hettich imaginative art

“I describe my art as a ‘positive’ one. Ideally I would love to create”

As an artistic autodidact, he found his stylistic sovereignty early through his independent architectural drawings, more than 750 collages he has produced and countless photographs through his life journey.Each assemblage is arranged, changed and reduced until it receives its final shape, according to his whimsical imagination. Also, some of the figures and heads resemble a distant archaic period.“I describe my art as a ‘positive one.’ Ideally, I would love to create a ‘playground’ for my viewers and for my own imagination.”

Much of the current assemblages originate from colorful matches individually collected, mostly burned, which he finds on his journeys through the streets of his adopted home of Vienna, Austria.

Photo by Jeramy Pritchett /
Hans-Peter Hettich imaginative art