​I grew up in an artistic environment. My father Hans Bernhard Gossel was a glass painter. He directed the Glass Painting Department at the Städelsches Kunstinstitut in Frankfurt/Main from 1956 to 1966. In 1960, he founded the "Atelier Glasmalerei Gossel.

My artistic path led from wood sculptures to metal sculptures to works on paper and on canvas.

In the beginning of my artistic work, I was oriented towards an abstracted figurative form, motivated by Homo Sapiens, a thinking being .

The initially massive form in my work increasingly strived for transparency. Working with metal in the form of thin metal bars soldered together, I often hit static limits: The sculptures fell apart. This disappointing development caused me to leave my familiar environment and experience. In fact, it was the beginning of a new path. My interest in the drawn line on paper grew as a result.

A sheet of white paper offers all the possibilities. Materially it is a two-dimensional surface, immaterially it becomes an unbounded space.

On paper, I had the opportunity to create drawn lines as a mixture of overlap, of transparency of opening, which can not only suggest spatial orientation, but also cancel it out at the same time.

I have experimented a lot with different techniques on paper, such as etching and screen printing. http://www. christianegossel. org/

Over time, my work has changed to a quiet meditative nature.

The Line that shapes the meditative nature and also the background that gives the line space has become the subject.

I work primarily on a processed white, almost monochromatic surface, on a linen or cotton canvas. Not focusing on one point, but on several subtle, thin layers of drawn lines. (acrylic and watercolor) I call it the subtle layering of perception. Multiple subtle layers of perception on top of each other with light color elements not only form the starting point for the line(s) drawn with graphite/pencil, but they also form an intense perception of space. The material in itself and the manipulation of the canvas present a new challenge each time.

Simplicity and clarity are found in an extensive and lengthy painting process: The line grows out of this complex process in a contemplative atmosphere. Presumably, the process of painting is as complex as the effort of the viewer to open up to the contemplative content.

The line drawing reminds me of an almost sound of emptiness that apperas at some point. It forms, condenses, continues, and its indeterminacy, emptiness, and free, random choice are questioned.

The line connects the indirect with the immediate; the line refers to itself, it documents nothing.

The line has become an indefinable movement, rapidly advancing to the limits of our consciousness, obviously the line is at the origin of our gestures and feelings . The movement of the line becomes a metaphor for this mental process for both the artist and the one hoe is looking at.

I consider my work to be reflection for this time with its rapidly changing images. My work call for slowing down, taking a step back and then looking forward.  



CV and Exhibition (selection)

1960            Born in Frankfurt/Main, Germany

1980           Abitur Gymnasium with Diploma,Justus-Liebig-Schule in Giessen

19881-82    Internship at the City Theatre Giessen for stage design

1982-84      Training in woodcarving /sculpturs completed with diploma in Tann/Rhön

1984-86      Worked at various sculptor

1986-88      Studied in sculptur and designe at the Werkkunstschule für

                     GestaltungFlensburg completed with Diploma

1988-90      Teacher for painting and creative work at the Marburg School for

                     Occupational Therapists MSE Marburg

1989-92      'Kunst im Knast', Justizvollzugsanstalt Butzbach/Frankfurt, working creatively

                     with prisoners, project that started from the University Giessen/Germany

1998           Moved to Arnhem

2006           Masterclass in Photopolymer etching at the Amsterdam

                   Graphic Workshop [AGA] in Amsterdam /NL

2009           Employee at the Herbergier Arnhem/NL in Arnhem; working with people

                     suffering from dementia

2010           Silkscreen workshop at the Amsterdam Graphic

                     Atelier (AGA), Amsterdam 

Exhibitions (selection)

1990          Membership BBK, Berufsverband Billdender Künstler, Hessen(g)/ German                                             Mousonturm in Frankfurt/Main (s)/G

                  'Grenzbereiche', Stadthalle Giessen (s)/G

                  Kunst am Kino, Kino Traumstern, Lich/Hessen/G

1991          Progetto Civitella D`Agliano, Italia

                    Monte Forato with Gertrude Moser-Wagner with subject: nature,

                    mountaineering as own experience and subsequent presentation,

                    funded by the Ministry of Science and Art in Wiesbaden,

                    documented in Synapses Forato

1992          Gallery Kunstraum der Reiter in Valencia, Spain

                    https://www. christianegossel. org/apps/blog

1995         Three months artist in residence, Kunstkreis Meppen Emsland/G

                   focus on work in wood, followed by giving a workshop sculpture,

                  Interactive work with improvised music by Frank Rühl( free jazz e-guitar) and

                   slide projection, performed at Kino Traumstern/Lich/G

1996         Kunst 96 Zürich/International Art Fair /Switzerland

                   Exhibition of the Gallery Kunstraum Der Reiter in Valencia/Altea with

                   three months artist in residence in Altea/Spain

1997         Buitenkunst-Bienale Sittard (g)/NL

2000         'Great Drawing Festival' Kunsthuis 13 in Velp/NL

2001         Gallery Klas Vijf, Velp Gelderland (g)/NL

2002         Gallery Vlasblom, Arnhem (g) /NL

2003         Gallery Forma Actua, Groningen(g)/NL

                 Graphics in the Historical Museum Arnhem (g)/NL

2007         '1st Frisian Mini-Print Biennial 40 x 40' in Leeuwarden (g)/NL

                 JAJA Gallery, Amsterdam (s)/NL

2008         Gallery JAJA, Amsterdam(s)/NL

                  Atelierroute Amsterdams Grafisch Atelier AGA (g)/NL

2009         Gallery Klas Vijf, Velp, Gelderland (g)/NL

                 Gallery JAJA, Amsterdam (g) ? /NL

2012          Membership of the Syrlin Kunstverein E. V. International, Stuttgart/G

                 'Entdeckungen', Galerie im Zentrum, Stuttgart Syrlin Kunstverein (g)/G

2013         Presentation of various silkscreens as part of the 'Hand Therapy Symposion' in

                   WTC Rotterdam/NL, solo exhibition

                 Participation in the art auction inspired by 'Carmina Burana' by

                  Concordia in Leeuwarden

                 Guest artist in the studio of sculptor Ruth Vulto-Gaube,

                   Art route Workum /Friesland/NL

2017          Exhibition 'Escape's' at the Kreuzeskirche in Essen (s)/Germany

2021         KV2 The Hague, participation in changing Collection Presentations by

                   Bos Fine Art/NL

2022         06. 10. - 30. 10 duo exposition in Gallery Utrecht, Erasmuslaan 5,

                  Bos Fine Art /NL