top of page

Thomas Mattausch: The ALCHEMISTIC  REBEL of colors


The artist combines traditional painting techniques with rebellious approaches, starting with a careful priming and underpainting that sets the tone of the work. He mixes colors himself and applies them in several layers to achieve exceptional color intensity and depth. In a bold departure from convention, he mixes acrylic and oil paints in a mixmedia technique to increase the color intensity. to further intensify. Through spontaneous abstraction with acrylic, from a final send in oil paints, he explores the limits of color and form, making him an alchemist of color and a rebel of conventional painting.

Dream Old Master.png

In my dreams I often have conversations and discussions with the old masters about how I can improve my painting craft.


With my art I would like to focus on the actual craft of painting. Working with light and shadow, with depth  and flowing and color transitions. That's why I often use old master techniques when implementing them.

Insights into the painting craft

The manual preparation of the canvas, with high-quality primer and sanding, is the basis for the final optical quality of the painting.

I sketch my creative input and idea for a painting with charcoal on the canvas. I then fix the charcoal drawing with fixing varnish so that the charcoal does not mix with the colors when the first layer of paint is applied.

Underpainting with acrylic paints

I apply the first two layers of paint with acrylic paints. The quick drying of the acrylic paints allows me to paint over areas that were not successful spontaneous to incorporate further creative ideas into the painting

Final layers of color with oil paints

One might sometimes assume that the painting is finished after the layers of acrylic paint have been applied. However, the final completion will be at  My paintings are done with oil paints. By underpainting with acrylic and overpainting with oil paints, I achieve enormous color intensity and depth. Color transitions are also better represented here, as are light and shadow areas.

The finished painting


After about 3-6 months of drying time, the varnish can then be applied.


Abstract moments

bottom of page