THE SQUARE AS A BASIC MODULE: Basic grids of squares, reduced to black and white, are the distinguishing marks of my first phase of working as an artist. Over five years, the most reduced planar constellations became highly complex spatial objects.
SILKSCREENS – SILKSCREEN PAINTINGS: I began to work with color through the silkscreen technique in 1976. At first, I had no “handwriting” of my own. I started by printing black-and-white raster objects, using color to convey their spatiality. I used the screen like most people use the brush, a new color with every printing. This resulted in unique silk-screen paintings, composed of many hundreds of color tones or print runs.
FROM PRINTS TO LINES - BRUSHWORKS: In 1981, I made the transition from my silk-screen technique to brushwork paintings. Continuing to develop the structure of the silk-screen paintings, I was able to find my own “handwriting” with the brush.
The topics of my multipart works are again and again: Where do we come from? What are we doing here? And what will come afterwards?
The impact of the paintings is not aimed at quick understanding, but requires time from the viewer. I wish viewers would dare to just perceive my paintings emotionally first, and then let themselves be guided.
"Scharein is a wondeful mixture: a tenacious, even obsessed, artist with an almost fanatical addiction to precision, to perfection, and at the same time an amiable, communicative person and host. The perseverance with which he works on his canvas and the friendly patience with which he explains his work to us! Thanks and respect for both!"
(Dr. h.c. Wolfgang Thierse)