Alles ist vergänglich, nur der Kuhschwanz, der bleibt länglich
Historical exhibition which took place in the castle of Tittmoning 25 August to the 3 October 2017. Paintings and drawings by Friedrich Voltz (german painter of cows 1817 - 1886) together with works of Pete Kilkenny. Both cow painters, the former merely a cow portrait painter, the latter who while brutally inspired by pain discovered the essence of tranquility in the form of two cows Hanni & Korta grazing in the field in that moment of deep despair.
From 2013 Pete Kilkenny had access to many original works of Friedrich Voltz both on paper and on canvas which he partly interpreted into his own work. He sees it as a great honour to become connected with a part of German painting history and yet more importantly sees the spiritual development of art as paramount to it being merely a rendering act as in the case of Friedrich Voltz.
"Alles ist vergänglich, nur der Kuhschwanz, der bleibt länglich" was the title chosen for the exhibition which translated means that everything is transient and will perish, only the cow's tail will remain. A wise german phrase stemming from around 1880.
"Vincent van Gogh was alive at the same time as Voltz. Who the fuck knows who the latter is? For good reasons the former is a true artist putting truth before pretension" - Pete Kilkenny
Friedrich Voltz on Wikipedia: https://de.wikipedia.org/wiki/Friedrich_Voltz