Gabriel Heimler & Anna Proc

Gabriel Heimler and Anna Proc became best known in Wellington for their mural ‘The Mover’ on the wall of the Quality Hotel (till 2016 the Museum Hotel) nearby Te Papa. Wellingtonians chose ‘The Mover’ as the second-best public outdoor artwork of 2011.

Heimler was born in Paris, where he studied art before moving to Berlin. His mural on the Berlin Wall, ‘The Wall Jumper,’ catapulted his 30-year career as an artist. He is noted for thought-provoking paintings that feature social and historical themes. His ‘Wall Jumper’ is one of the most visited historical monuments in Berlin, a part of the East Side Gallery (over 3 million visitors per year).

Images from both the Berlin and Wellington murals are featured in the newest editions of the Lonely Planet guidebooks, ‘Discover New Zealand’ and ‘Berlin Pocket’.

Heimler’s art has been sold through Sotheby’s in New York as well as through galleries in Berlin, Paris, Frankfurt and Brussels, among others. In Berlin he designed a room in the Art Hotel Luise.

Proc has a background in cultural history and linguistics. She began working with Heimler conceptually for the Art Express, a travelling exhibition that exhibited in Berlin, Budapest and Essen. In 2010, Heimler and Proc relocated to Wellington, receiving residency by virtue of their talent. In their artistry, they connect the female and male principles.

The couple’s work is inspired by their ongoing exploration of New Zealand, together with an eclectic mixture of German expressionism, cubist perspectives and pop art. Their paintings are flamboyant, colorful and packed with a distinctly New Zealand narrative within an international context. They underline individuality while showcasing a wide range of emotions.

They are represented by Kiwi Art House in Wellington, McAtamney Gallery in Geraldine (South Island), Ladengalerie in Berlin and Arte Gallery in Hamburg.