Curriculum Vitae




1953
Born in Stuttgart


1970 - 72
Glasfachschule Rheinbach (Vocational school for glass processing and manufacturing and glass design)


1972 - 80
Design studies at Universität Essen


1980 - 82
Archaeology studies at Universität Hamburg


1982 - 87
Photography projects
Topic-related works especially with regard to urban landscapes in Brussels, Paris and London


1985 - 94
Freelancer in various areas of applied graphics and theatrical production
Project-related work at Folkwang Musikschule, Essen
E.g. scenic design


Since 1994
Freelance artist focussing on:
Etching and printmaking techniques
Acrylic paintings
Photo frottages


1996 - 98
Exhibition, e.g. at Galerie Gierlich, Essen


Galerie Schaffrath, Viersen


1999
Exhibition at Mercatorgalerie, Duisburg


Since 2001
Studio at Zeche Zollverein (Zollverein Coal Mine Industrial Complex), Shaft XII, Hall 12, Essen


2002
Exhibitions at Kulturwerkstatt Duisburg


Medienzentrum, Duisburg


Joint exhibition with the WIR-JETZT-HIER artist group:
Kunst im Knoblauchhaus, Essen
Kunstprojekt 15/24, Essen


2003
Triple Z exhibition, Essen


2004
Ruhrkunst goes r(h)ein exhibition, Cologne


2005
Zwischen den Jahren exhibition in cooperation with WIR-JETZT-HIER at Wandelbar, Essen


2006
Formsprache exhibition,
Landesentwicklungsgesellschaft (regional development company)
Zeche Zollverein, Essen


Exhibition of etchings, art 73-Galerie, Ratingen


BurgART exhibition, Lüdinghausen


2007
Spuren exhibition
Galerie Wyschürweiertal
Winterthur, Switzerland


2008
PITTSTOWE KUNSTPODEST
DREAMSCAPES & AVIATICA
RUHRGEBIET meets ROERDELTA
Roermond, Netherlands


2009
Schichtwechsel - 4 Tage Freistil auf Zollverein exhibition


Industriekultur - Landesverband Rheinland, Essen


Small retrospective
Works from the last six years
KPMG in Essen


2010
Verstrickt
Joint exhibition at Bürgermeisterhaus Werden, Essen


Etchings from the series:
Schriften (typefaces) and Industriekultur (industrial culture)
Galerie am Stern, Essen


2011
Small retrospective at Kunsthaus Möhnesee
Kätelhön - Graphic reproductions


2012
Art in public spaces
Operating centre 2, large staircase at Klinikum Essen


2014
Exhibition at Firma Tünkers, Düsseldorf


2015
Verstrickt
Exhibition at Bürgermeisterhaus Werden, Essen


Art Galerie 73 Malerei/Grafik, Düsseldorf


2017
Exhibition at Bürgermeisterhaus Werden, Essen





Artistic Approach


"My artistic approach", explains Thomas Mack, "is similar to the one applied by an archaeologist who removes layer by layer without even knowing at the beginning of an excavation what exactly he will find." This comparison describes the artist's work very visually. The artist works in stages and alternatingly processes several projects at the same time. One moment, he spends his time with fine calligraphy, next he creates an acrylic painting with impulsive brush strokes, and then might produce etchings or photo frottages. Just as Thomas Mack combines all these different techniques in his works, he also stylistically aims at plurality. His highest priority is not to master one style, but the idea and concept behind it. He concisely calls this approach ‘Concept over mastery of style‘.


Once he has developed an idea and concept for a new piece of art, he follows an intuitive process: He completes his work on the basis of impulses that arise during the creative process. Comparable with a map, the different components and fragments are linked with each other and help give orientation to the sometimes complex works. From reduced monochrome shapes to figural art, Thomas Mack skilfully and artistically passes individual steps during the creative process, always switching between multi-layer and multi-font work and informalism. This ultimately leads to the finished piece of art.
Similar to the excavation carried out by an archaeologist, this discovery process remains exciting right until the very end. Just as an archaeologist may discover the long-desired treasure after five or sometimes after 500 meters, Thomas Mack sometimes discovers what he was looking for in the first layer, sometimes after a much longer process.


For the visitors, this is very fortunate, as they do not need to search very long until they find their own individual treasure between the overwhelming variety of graphics, prints, drawings or aquarelle paintings.