Herbert Brandl, born in 1959 in Graz, is an Austrian painter whose abstract pictorial universe suggests an atmospheric color space. The landscape is a recurrent subject in BRANDL’s paintings, which are written out in diverse facets: from impressionistic over expressionistic to sensitive pictorial. Brandl produces paintings characterized by swaths of vibrant color and dizzying brushstrokes. Emerging from the Hamburg School painting tradition, Brandl’s work includes landscape imagery—mountains and flowers—and non-representational color surfaces, often on large-format canvases both rectangular and circular in shape. Using oil and watercolor, Brandl applies his paint in a wide range of brushstrokes, sometimes allowing it to drip down the surface of the canvas.
From the mid 80s onwards BRANDL participated in internationally renowned exhibitions such as the Biennale de Paris, 1985, Musée d´Art de la Ville de Paris, 1990, documenta IX, 1992 and Painting on the Move, Kunsthalle Basel, Museum für Gegenwartskunst, 2002. In 2007 he was the Austrian representative at the Biennale di Venezia.