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Michael Knepper

Michael Knepper

Michael Knepper
Studies: design, art and illustration in Trier, bachelor of arts
Work experience: advertising agency in Munich
Since 1982 freelancer and artist
Major customers: Siemens, Mercedes, Adidas, Bayer, Provinzial, Spatenbräu, Mustang Jeans, Jever, Samson, König-Ludwig-Musical, publishing houses (Gruner + Jahr, Burda-Verlag, Spiegel-Verlag, Warner Brothers)

My work
I can't see a clear ‘border' between art and illustration, as the interpretation of the painting counts. Working as an illustrator I have to ‘produce' paintings that refer to ‘fixed' demands. But as an artist I am able to work more creative, more spontaneous and can deploy my artistic freedom. But it's irrelevant if someone calls me artist or illustrator- just my ‘product' counts.
Some of my idols are Caravaggio, J.D.David and contempary artists like Frank Frazetta, Gottfried Helnwein and Renato Casaro.