German-born, Netherlands-based artist Willehad Eilers (also known as Wayne Horse) is about to open a solo exhibition of stunningly detailed ink drawings at A Juan Project in Amsterdam.
Parade, Alles Wird Gut (All Will be Good) © Willehad Eilers, 2017.
Eilers, who moved to the Netherlands from Germany in 2000, got involved in the local Amsterdam street art scene after graduating from the Rijksakademie. Having grown tired of the clean, more traditional art he was producing at the time, Eilers began a practice of something he calls “breaking the hand”.
An exercise in rule breaking, “breaking the hand” involved Eilers using different methods to distract himself from everything he’d been taught and spent years learning and mastering. He experimented with drawing blind, drawing contours, left-handed drawing, speed drawing, drawing to metal, and even drawing intoxicated. Anything to get at a style of work that carried a spirit of looseness, possibility, and punk.
We Got Jet Skis. It’s Fine, Alles Wird Gut (All Will be Good) © Willehad Eilers, 2017.
With an eclectic body of work comprising of efforts in video, performance, painting, installation and drawing; Eilers art focuses on the compellingly curious, and often ugly, facets of humanity. His unique creations are unflinchingly confronting, managing all the while to maintain a playful energy and an edge of humour.
The drawings in Alles Wird Gut (All Will Be Good) show scenes of uproarious crowds indulging in a myriad of pleasures—from triumphant parties to good old fashioned debauchery—but at the root of it all is something Eilers hopes is a positive message.
Alles Wird Gut (All Will be Good) © Willehad Eilers, 2017.
Influenced by the tensions seemingly ever-present in the world of today, Eilers’ drawings convey a frank but poignant message about enjoying it all while you can. About experiencing life. About discovery. They’re about being alive. But they’re also about what a good time a bit of no good can be.
Freizeit fuehrt das Volk, Alles Wird Gut (All Will be Good) © Willehad Eilers, 2017.
Willehad Eilers show Alles Wird Gut (All Will Be Good) opens at A Juan Project on March 18.
You can find more information about Willehad Eilers, a.k.a. Wayne Horse, at waynehorse.com.