Sandman Klaus Bösch

Where it started
Two important stories took their way into the world in the early sixties:
There were Klaus Boesch, a native Austrian born in 1963 and some art students in California who worked on a research project for kinetic art, giving the birth to the raw idea of sand pictures.
Ever since a few people around the globe are creating sand pictures. The Sandman is the one who adapted this technique and brought it back to where it came from: The art!

Many people try to deny the art in my works. Maybe that’s because I am like always too far ahead the present time with my approach and my works.
A lot of temporary art is ugly, aggressive and rebellious. For many decades that was the right thing to do. I believe that the time has come to bring art back to where it came from: the muse. The nine Muses, each a symbol for a certain kind of art might turn their noses up about some art excesses. Where is the simply joy that once made up the art?

And as art always is a thing of definition, let me add my philosophic explanations of my works:
Sandpictures can explain the world. Of course, like everything. That’s part of the Zen. But a sandpicture shows this visibly. If I see the reactions of people watching my art works at any exhibitions they are proofing this fact.
The world is revolving and changing with every turn. Nothing really new is created. All things are only modifications of already existing materials. But we all like those novelties. We all look out for movement and change even though we know the old and conservative ideas are the strongest in the end.
So 'movement' seems to be the most important element in our life and our dreams.
The medium sand picture which I use as artist shows this reality, - moving in different frames and in front of different backgrounds.
In my works I reflect themes, which engage me. Natural processes and games of colours inspire me. All this I try to pack into compositions reaching the aesthetic and philosophy of the viewer, or simply animate to dream. That's why I’m called the Sandman.
Every sandpicture is an interactive piece of art. It is interactive on its own, creating random landscapes or other structures according to our fantasy. Each observer changes to a creator or say an artist by turning the picture upside down to let the game revolve and change the world again and again.
And at least my whole life is a patchwork of art. I live with and in my works.

Sandman’s comment
In 1983 I was - like many 20 years young guys - searching for something that could fill up my life and express my creativity.  So I started painting – all self taught – with pencil, water colour and at least with oil. There was no satisfaction in there. So I started playing guitar and singing. With a couple of friends we had a band and in 85 we had our first concert with some beat music from the sixties and seventies. That was real fun! I loved it. But it was the only gig for me because again two important things happened at the same time: I fell in love with my wife Monika and my good friend Werner Pieper gave me one of the sandpictures which were around that time with the comment: ‘Klaus, I think you’ll love this’. I did - and still do. That was in early 86.
In Fabruary 88 I established my company and in May 88 our son Sanjay was born.
What a change in a young man’s life.

The Rainbow Vision
I first started in 86 with wholesaling sandpictures from two producers of that time. Their range was really poor: black and white sand and two different colours of water. As creative person I had a vision about the possibility to have sand mixtures in any colour of the rainbow. That was the ‘Rainbow Vision’ which led me to researches and test productions. In February 1988 my first serial production of around 500 small and a few bigger pieces. Thanks god my Swiss friend Rico had the same feeling about my art works and sold a lot of them. His efforts kept my company alive during the first year.
At least it took me 8 years of searching and testing to find all the materials which now allow me to mix sand and other fine grains of all colours. And – of course – I am still  permanently searching for new materials.

The development
I started this ‘business’ with very poor knowledge. Luckily my education was commercial school – that helped a lot. But nobody learns about the reality of product management, marketing, advertising, business relations, finances and what ever you need to run a successful company. Therefore fate tested me deeper than anybody would wish for and I stepped into any hole of possible inconvenience. Special thanks to fate and my silliness! They polished me like a stone. (Maybe they crunched me to sand…) And often there were my dreams or a good spirit showing me the important details to make a change at the right moment.
In the beginning I thought about doing this ‘job’ for three or four years. But the work extended. In the early nineties I concentrated creativity on special ideas, shapes, frames and lacquering techniques. It didn’t take too long until the first exhibition in an art gallery was held. After a short experience in art I recognized this needed too much financial capital to survive until success will be reached.
I simply decided to concentrate on serial produced art works and kept in mind that I had to earn an income for a family and a house.

Refining it
That decision helped to find out many more important technical details. I’m glad that I learned it all self taught and looking back it seems like a pure science research.
Today I can proudly say that I know most things about sand, sand mixtures, water mixture and durability. This doesn’t prevent me from going on and learning more about it every year. All that knowledge combined with the good feeling for designs and the focus on technical solutions like brackets and necessary accessories allow me to say: If there is someone on the globe who’s really qualified to work the superior class of sandpicture, it is me, Sandman Klaus Boesch from Lustenau, Austria.

Next challenge
In 2004 I created the ‘Screenie’. The assignment was to develop a sandpicture, which is still hand crafted with the ability to be produce in good quantities at a reasonable price. The American pop-artist Andy Warhole came into my mind and Screenie is my tribute on him, looking like a seventies-style TV screen.
This led me to the point where I determined the peak of my commercial work. Logically a change of my ways was launched.
Where was the next challenge? It was in the old path which I left behind in the nineties.
I started to concentrate back on art pieces. Of course the series are kind of art work, too. They are all hand crafted and of nice designs, made in the artists’ studio.

In those many years I filled a file with dozens of ideas which are for people who like the
sand art and can effort pieces or arrangements which fill a complete wall or i.e. be the eye catcher of a lobby.
My targets therefore are worldwide. Everywhere you can find people who are willed to spend for art which delights the mind and teases the eyes.
It is just about to let those people know about the sand art.
In 2007 I set my next 10 years target: In 2017 I’ll be in the position to make a live out of creating only 13 projects per year – one each for every moon cycle.

1990 - 1992 different small exhibitions in Austria and Switzerland, 1993 in Bregenz (A) reported by ORF TV, Uetikon (lake Zurich - CH), 1994 Innsbruck (A) and some minor exhibitions in Switzerland, 1995 in the Earls palace in Hohenems (A), 1996 in London, from 1996 step back from art exhibitions, concentration on commercial reproduction of my designs; research work on new techniques for creative works; some industrial designs 2007 setting of new ten years target: Comeback into the art scene!