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Guido Frick received his art education in Europe as well as in the United States. After years of study in the early 70’s with Professor Karel Hodr, one of Europe’s most important impressionists, Guido joined the Bongart School of Art in California and Idaho. After returning to Europe, Guido’s reputation as a painter continued to grow. His work has been seen in many one-man-shows in Germany, Switzerland and Italy. His work has also been published in art books and he won the Prix de Salon of Fontainebleau- Paris.
In Europe, this German painter works on location in the Netherlands, Southern France, Germany, Switzerland and Italy. However he considers his semi-annual month-long painting trips to the Western parts of the United States as the absolute highlight of his extensive traveling. Especially in the Old West, Guido feels completely at home. His love for this area is captured and mirrored in his paintings, which are shown in various galleries throughout the West.
His work receives increasing appreciation and demand because of the freshness and spontaneity of his paintings, which are identified by his bold, vigorous and brilliant brushwork and color harmonies. His American and European training adds to his work a melange of special and exciting qualities. Guido strictly believes that only nature should be the studio of impressionists. Consequently, his landscape subjects and florals are painted outdoors.
About the painting process, Guido points out, "If you don’t let your feelings come out while paining, nothing will happen on the canvas. The painting should mirror your personality. Be yourself, then your paintings get soul, heart and power." In essence, he considers his creative work as a permanent dialog with nature. "It was Sergei Bongart, who opened my eyes and heart to get into this kind of dialog." Guido does not care too much about classification, "I am an artist who always crosses the borderline between impressionism and expressionism. My emotions don’t like to be forced or stressed into these closed-minded labels. I just try to express myself and to bring impressions alive in a pleasant way." "I am aware, as I paint, that moments of inspiration are as fleeting as moments when I am unable to achieve my vision. Still I trust in the process. The next brush stroke is always the most important one. I wish to capture the moment, the shifting mood, the atmosphere, the light. That is the great challenge - nature is always in motion and life is continually in transitions between dying, transformation, and rebirth."
He strongly feels that painting is more than freedom and expression of the brush stroke. "It is the thought behind the process, one brush stroke at a time, moment by moment. And once I have completed a painting, my thoughts are with the next horizon. I am constantly searching for the next horizon."
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