Three Reasons to Collect Alfred Gockel:
1. Sold over 1 million posters
2. High-profile collectors like Michael Jordan
3. Official Artist of Winter Olympics
Alfred Alexander Gockel (he goes by “Alex” but his given name is Alfred) was born in the coal mining town near Münster, Germany in 1952. Gockel’s first work was published when he was only 8 years old. He planned to become an engineer but at the age of 16 Gockel began to work in the German coal mines at 700 meters deep. When the mining industry experienced a downturn, many of the town’s inhabitants were left without jobs. The struggle Gockel felt at this time continues to affect his artwork today. Gockel’s experience in the coal mines is a major reason why he uses self-prepared tar in his own acrylics.
“I like to touch the viewer’s soul with my vibrant colors,” Gockel has said. “Often in my paintings I use elements that reflect my challenging past, when as a boy I worked in the coal mines. But my purpose is to express my joy in life and to show that we can overcome many obstacles through the expressions of life’s beauties.”
After spending more than two years in the army, Gockel refocused his attention on the arts and in 1973 he enrolled at the University of Applied Sciences Münster, Department of Design. There, Gockel studied art and design and learned the techniques of lithography and silk-screening. Upon graduation, Gockel taught graphic design and typography at the academy. In the early 1980s, he decided to focus on his art full-time and in 1983 he and his wife Ingrid founded an art publishing company, Avant Art, which is now a top ranked player in the abstract segment of the market with customers in more than 50 countries worldwide.
This incredible exposure has created a demand for the artist’s original works and has generated high profile collectors like Michael Jordan and Richard Barry. Gockel was also commissioned by the United States Olympic Committee to create an official piece of artwork for the 2006 Olympics in Turin, Italy. He was involved in the 2010 European Capital of Culture: “Essen for the Ruhr,” producing a sculpture honoring coal miners, 4.5m high. In 2011, Alfred produced a Cortensteel sculpture for the ADAC (German Car Assistance Company) of eight angels carrying a yellow helicopter. It was placed strategically at the intersection of highways A1 and A2, near Kamen, Ruhrgebiet, visible to millions of German travelers. He also designed the official logo and trophy for the German Art Trade award in 2011. In 2012, Gockel started a series titled, “News from Hell,” describing our dreams between Hell and Heaven, religion and vision.