After a long time of preparations and the search for suitable materials he painted the first underwater works. Those are paintings on paper which were created during a dive in the ocean.
„ I wanted to combine the two most beautiful things on earth: painting and diving... Painting in a different dimension.
Sumptuous arrangements are made. The painting process is spontaneous. It evolves from his emotions and does not follow a previously determined composition. The movement of the water influences significantly the creation of the respective art works.
„ It was precisely this swell which builds a bridge to the paintings - it was actually nature that determined what we can see now. The irregular rhythm of the sea adds in a significant way to the result - a cooperation with nature if you want - and leaves its marks behind in form of sand particles bound in the oil paint.
Fascinated and touched by the scenery of the island of Lanzarote, the artist turns to abstract landscape painting. He creates 18 art works which show his own impressions of the barren landscape.
„ The original nature is an incessant companion of the paintings by Markus Asmus. He is not looking for the idyllic scene, in fact he intends to convey his impression and perceptions. His art is not dedicated to represent a romantic picture of nature; far too alive, complex and colourful are his works.
The applied colors and forms disengage from nature and its original view. Some of the structures are applied and correspond to the flow of colour, other colours are only carried by the structure but do not engage a harmonic alliance. The result are quiet artworks without structure as well as canvases which are defined by the structure.
„ The unexpected colours and partly exaggerated representation of the picture like silhouettes, outlines and structural implementations cause the eye sometimes to rest, sometimes to look for a new reference point. We discover surprisingly uncommon moments: red mountains and an olive sea or appearingly pink hills and yellow skies.
Abstract works, paintings that unify different rooms or windows which are set up on different levels of the painting. A painting is composed by different smaller paintings which are set up next to each other, behind each other other works touch each other or overlap.
„ ...to open unknown rooms. This refers also to the composition, which the artist has set up like casements... The contemplator is tempted to deconstruct the different atmospheres of the respective Asmus-Windows into self-dependent segments. He would like to dash against the glazing in order to discover the background of the magic behind it.
The fragmented scriptures almost seem poetical and crown the surface of the painting.
„ ...This is also valid for the hand writings that gleam through most of the paintings. They grant a particular texture to each canvas.