D i r k  B e c k e d o r f


Painting is a matter close to my heart, a “love affair” with colors and brushes. I paint on the floor, kneeling in front of the spread out handmade paper or canvas with lots of water, sponge, spray bottle in many layers. My works are often created in nature, under a tree or in front of a blossom, in the garden, in the forest, in Umbria, Italy, in many places. Under the hot sun, in the wind. I am always drawn to the representational motifs, trees, leaves, cranes, swans and butterflies. Maybe also because, in my eyes, something of the essence of a plant or an animal (or a person, but I rarely paint them) is revealed in its shape. As I try to capture this figure through painting, something in me connects with the essence of the other person; painter and object become one in moments.

Basically, I'm interested in light as it unfolds in matter. And perhaps no one put it more aptly than Goethe in his theory of colors: “The colors are deeds of light, deeds and suffering.”

The work “Storks” presented above – ink, sepia, acrylic on handmade paper, 220 x 100 cm, 2023 was on view in the last exhibition “Dreiklang” in the Altes Rathaus gallery in Worpswede. You can find more pictures from the exhibition here.


Dr. med. Dirk Beckedorf was born in Hanover in 1958. He paints all his life.

During his medical studies in Göttingen, Dirk Beckedorf was a guest student at the Kassel University in the field of free painting with Prof. Kausch. In Bremen he became a specialist in internal medicine. This was followed by further training as a psychoanalytic art therapist in Hanover and additional training in audio-psycho-phonology with Prof. Alfred Tomatis in Paris. Since 1993 he has been working in his own medical practice in Bremen with systemic hearing therapy, as an art therapist and psychotherapist. Since 2001 he has taken part in numerous solo and group exhibitions at home and abroad.