Bakerhouse Gallery
Graz / Berlin


10. December 2023

Tom Lohner x Henrik Kristoffersen

This painting was auctioned live on ORF for the benefit of Licht ins Dunkel on December 10, 2023, for 22,000 euros! After Tom Lohner has already completed projects for "Licht ins Dunkel" with Marcel Hirscher and David Alaba, this year again features a global star who will develop a personal painting with Tom. This time, the Graz-based artist will create a visually strong as well as very personal painting together with the slalom and giant slalom world champion Henrik Kristoffersen from the Van Deer Red Bull Sports Team. The painting of Henrik Kristoffersen joins an exceptional portrait series by the artist Tom Lohner, which ranges from Lady Gaga and Tiger Woods to Freddie Mercury, Mick Jagger, and Vivienne Westwood. Lohner himself is considered one of the great rising stars of the international art scene and runs the largest Urban & Contemporary Gallery, the Bakerhouse Gallery in Graz, with his manager Klaus Billinger. Works by the Graz artist have been exhibited at the Vienna MuseumsQuartier, as well as at the Context Art Fair at Art Basel in Miami and at Art Austria Vienna. The painting shows the ski star in the midst of a slalom race descent, with the finish/the certain victory just a few meters ahead. His energetic gaze is focused, and the motto "No Risk - no Fun" is embedded in his race suit. The connection between Norway and Austria is united in a specially designed flag, which partly wraps around his racing pants but also subtly incorporates his VanDeer - RedBull skis. Besides the numerous hidden details, the work also visualizes what can be achieved with pure energy, motivation, and joy: Because nothing is impossible!"
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