Stefan Gross (1964), born in Bendorf, Germany and currently living and working in The Netherlands, commenced his career as an apprentice in the practice of stained glass manufacture. In 1988 he became a master of the practice and decided to continue his art studies at the Art Academy HBK Saar in Saarbrücken.

 

In 2006 he developed a material of his own he now predominantly uses: ‘oil plastic’. It results from dyeing industrial plastic with classic oil paints. It is surface and paint in one and enables Stefan Gross to extend the painted surface three-dimensionally. ‘Oil plastic’ is a translucent and behaves, at a relatively low temperature, like glass. A lot of the plastic Gross uses, is recycled. In his work, Stefan Gross depicts, in a colourful way, the fall of a society based on growth. “The world is a serious place these days. This is a problem I adress in my work.” He shows the beauty and potential of industrial production in a look back on the times in which we now live.