Willehad Eilers

Willehad Eilers (b. 1981, Germany) also works under the pseudonym Wayne Horse. He lives and works in Amsterdam. Beginning his career in the German graffiti scene, Eilers later went on to graduate from the Gerrit Rietveld Academie in Amsterdam before attending the Rijksakademie van Beeldende Kunsten in Amsterdam. His eclectic body of work comprises video, drawing, performance and installation and is distinctive for its lyrical quality, playful humour and expressiveness. Describing his practice as an investigation of the heuristically learnt political and cultural mores that define contemporary society, Eilers gently nudges us towards a poetic realisation of our social selves through his highly performative range of paintings, installations, videos and drawings. Infused with a mischievous, effortless confidence, Eilers’ crude-style works offer us anthropological insight into his observations of the flawed human condition and its perpetual evolution. He unflinchingly presents us with images that convey the disposition of the modern individual towards grotesque, even masturbatory obsessions. He assails the quotidian situations that we are familiar with and renders them unrecognisable.