morning meditation painting

about my surrealist work

a few samples of my surreal paintings and graphics

When I started painting decades ago, the first few years were marked by surrealism. Mainly because I was more concerned with literature and I soon came across authors like André Breton or Paul Éluard, whose ideas fascinated and influenced me.

At the very beginning, I did collages in the sense of the early French surrealists. This was followed by a series of oil paintings that dealt with surrealism.

But at this time, surrealism as a concept for art was already a little out of fashion. Expressionism and later Asian art exerted a greater influence on me and have essentially not lost their appeal to this day.

Later there were periods again when I incorporated surreal elements into my pictures. But these were always only short phases.

mixed media girl and threats
the awakening

With the new painting technique that I have recently developed, dreamy elements can be created well and that I have dealt with psychology a lot again, it is not surprising that surrealism is again more in my field of vision. But unlike the old guard of surrealists, they are semi-abstract works – and yet with a surreal touch.

morning meditation painting
morning meditation with my friends the stone painting
morning meditation

In between, there are always phases in which surrealism breaks through. But most of the time it just keeps playing around with ideas without actually finishing them.


I’ve put together a page to showcase some of my past and new surreal work at: new surrealism concepts

related: diffuse light






24 responses to “about my surrealist work”

  1. mic avatar


    1. Zettl Friedrich avatar

      Thank you so much! (Sorry for dealy in replying – somehow your comment was in the spam-folder. Seems more people face that recently):

  2. Lin Barrie avatar
    Lin Barrie

    Fascinating work processes – thank you for sharing

    1. Zettl Friedrich avatar

      Thank you, Lin Barrie! Yes, sometimes it is surprising where the journey in art brings us.

  3. swabby429 avatar

    So perhaps this chapter of your artistry might be neo-surrealism without boundaries. (just my assessment)

    1. Zettl Friedrich avatar

      Thank you! Yes, well said. In general, I am not a fan of thinking in terms of “drawers” (little boxes, little boxes …) and therefore I do not strive to find my place in one of these drawers. But of course we all go through a development in our life and take one or the other with us from this journey, which then shapes us and ideally takes us a few steps further.

  4. stolzyblog avatar

    interesting to trace your path… I quite like the blue stone morning meditation… I get an imagination what it is like to have the consciousness of a mineral.

    1. Zettl Friedrich avatar

      Thank you! Stones indeed play an important part in my life. Referring to them as friends probably is because there is an old story about a great Chinese artist, Su Shi. He had a big stone in his garden, greeted it everyday with respect and called it his friend.

  5. Roxane avatar

    Fascinating mistery in all of them.

    1. Zettl Friedrich avatar

      Thank you, Roxane for your kind words! They mean a lot to me! May I use this oportunity to wish you a Happy New Year filled with joy and good luck!

  6. Roxane avatar

    It’s a pleasure to have the best wishes coming from someone so special and sophisticated person. The same to you, much more than the best for 2022…

    1. Zettl Friedrich avatar

      Thank you, Roxane! With such kind words at the beginning of the year, nothing can go wrong. Cheers to you!

  7. jasonpaulmurray avatar

    Amazing! Nice work, Friedrich!

    1. Zettl Friedrich avatar

      Thank you so much for your kind words, they mean a lot to me! All the best!

  8. rabirius avatar

    Excellent. I really like your surrealist pictures.

    1. Zettl Friedrich avatar

      Thank you very much! It means a lot to me.

  9. kevinashton avatar

    I really enjoy looking at your fantastic art Friedrich, and also reading from you how your art has developed. Being a chef when I first started, I followed and learnt the classical dishes, but as I got older and my confidence grew, I developed my own style.
    Best Wishes

    1. Zettl Friedrich avatar

      Thank you Kevin for your kind words! Yes, same here. One first needs to learn the basics and by and by we can bring our own personality ino play. You dishes look absolutely fantastic. I hope some day I have the chance to enjoy them in an analog way 🙂

  10. 松田伸一郎 avatar

    These impressive arts make me generate a lot of images and thoughts .
    Very admirable , distinctive , poetic and respectable works !

    1. Zettl Friedrich avatar

      Thank you very much for your encouraging words! It means a lot to me to see that art lovers from different cultures can understand and enjoy my work.

  11. kevinashton avatar

    Friedrich, I really like your painting “Morning meditation with my friends the stone painting”.
    It has such a dimensional quality to it, which I think is much harder to created in an abstract painting.
    Best Wishes
    Kevin 🙂

  12. Zettl Friedrich avatar

    Thank you Kevin for your kind and encouraging words!They mean a lot to me.

  13. neil reid avatar

    Amazement. A good way to exercise some attention over time. More than interesting to follow the threads walking through all your work. A lot to witness in so brief a setting as this right now – but such an invitation to follow more. I enjoy your words and your art.

    1. Zettl Fine Arts avatar

      Thank you very much, Neil, for your encouraging words. I am glad you enjoyed.

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