Heinz Michael Kalkbrenner (HMK) is a digital-mixed media artist. His art practice follows an abstracting process that can retain figurative elements and may have a meditative focus. He explores limits and possibilities of different materials and procedures by combining analogue and digital art production methods.
HMK was born in Germany in the 1950s. He later studied Geophysics in Berlin, worked in scientific projects to find water in Northern Africa and did his PhD in Geophysics. Working in the Research and Development departments for geophysical contractor companies in Germany and the UK. He moved to the UK in the early 1990s.
Even the most creative work in science can over time get a rather one-sided effort, so much so, that he compensated by training in his spare time as a psychological counsellor and volunteered as counsellor for a drugs and alcohol agency for many years. He got married late, but nevertheless this had a positive effect on him and his wife, and it changed their outlook on life to new levels. After retiring early, he went to art college and then studied at the Open University for an Open BA (Hons) 2017 degree course that had connections to human creativity, such as creative writing, linguistics, and art and design. He now creates visual artworks, exhibits and sells his artworks. Future plans are to integrate visual art and creative writing in what he does.