ISKS Artists 2017

ISKS - Inner Schwizer Kunst Szene - a bit of history and about the name:

Schwyz is one of the original three founding states of Switzerland (Schwiz). The other two states were Uri and Unterwalden, which along with the State of Lucerne and Obwalden are nestled around the Lake of Lucerne or the “Vierwaldstättersee” (which ironically translates to “The Lake Of The Four States”, even though there are obviously five states lying on its shores). This region is generally referred to as “Innerschwiz” or "The Heart of Switzerland”, not only for its geographical location, but also for its history. This is where it all started AD 1291, with the famous “Rütlischwur”, the oath sworn at the Rütli by the local people, to stand up against the oppressing Austrian-Habsburg family and empire. Innerschwiz is where the original rebels came from, who fought for our freedom and subsequently founded Switzerland. Because of the secret oath at the Rütli, the Swiss, to this day, refer to each other as "Eidgenosse" or "Eidgenössin" which means "Sworn Brother" or "Sworn Sister".

ISKS is the acronym for Inner Schwizer Kunst Szene. This could be translated to “Central Swiss Art Scene", but more accurately it would have to be translated to "The Art Scene From The Heart Of Switzerland". My goal is to create a platform for outstanding hidden and emerging artists from our region, the Heart of Switzerland, and to bring them forth into the light. For this purpose I am thrilled to present to you my first selection of artists for ISKS 2017.

Diana Pinck, 3. July 2017


N.B. Some of my 2017 ISKS artist are not yet listed on this Englisch page, however you can already admire their work on our German page "ISKS Künstler 2017"

D.P. 10. August 2017.

ISKS Artists 2017

Sunset, Portugal Vilanove-de-Milfontes by Fabio Crudele, ISKS artist 2017Photographer
Fabio Crudele


Handmade necklace by Sheila Westera, ISKS artist 2017Jewelry Designer
Sheila Westera

Expressionist Painter
Ruth Maria Lerch

Martin Zemp, acryl on canvas 130 x 180 cmExpressionist Painter
Martin Zemp

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Thank you so much for your interest! Enjoy and stay posted 🙂

Diana Pinck, May 8. 2017

Fabio Crudele

The beautiful images of Swiss photographer Fabio Crudele drew me in, the minute I discovered them on facebook. It was on a page about our hometown called “Du bisch vo Luzern, wenn …”, which I visited, when I felt homesick, as I was still living in New York at the time. I started following Fabio’s facebook page - Fabio Crudele Photography - and always felt inspired by the poetic beauty and spirituality of his photos. The posts are always accompanied by interesting texts, that tell the background story about how the moment was captured, what trials and tribulations led up to it, and what feelings sprang up in the heart of the artist from this experience. From these texts I learned how difficult it is - both physically and technically - to produce such outstanding deep sky and Milcky Way photography.

After a while, a transatlantic a friendship ensued. When I moved back to Lucerne, Fabio Crudele was the first artist I asked to join me for the ISKS adventure. I was overjoyed that he agreed on the spot. He also introduced me to his beautiful soul mate - photographer Elena Frizler - who has become my IT expert and helped me build this amazing website.

(D. P., April 7, 2017)


The extraordinary Swiss photographer, Fabio Crudele says this about his own work:

M42 The largest Orion Nebula, photographed by Fabio Crudele, ISKS artist 2017“Ever since I can remember, I was fascinated by the stars and planets, the galaxies and the cosmos. This great passion led me study astronomy and to attempt to capture the beauty of the night sky with my camera over and over again. In time, I gained more experience, and two main themes emerged: My Deep Sky series shows fascinatingly beautiful objects, some of which are a mere few thousand lightyears away, while others can be millions of light years away. My other work depicts our home galaxy, the Milky Way, in combination with the most beautiful landscapes of mother earth. In all my photography I try to show the awe and fascination I hold for our planet and also for being in general." - Fabio Crudele, March 30. 2017

For more on Fabio Crudele visit his website

Sheila Westera

Statement Piece: cocktail ring by Sheila Westera, ISKS artist 2017At the inception of ISKS, I knew immediately, that I wanted to exhibit extraordinary jewelry. Each piece would have to be a small sculpture, a wearable piece of art. Once again I am overjoyed and grateful, for the universe granted my wish, and brought me Sheila Westera. Her handmade masterpieces are precisely what I imagined for ISKS. The London based artist is currently on a creative retreat in a tiny mountain village near Lucerne, and ready for the world premier of her new collection.


In these pieces, the artist finds inspiration “One is attracted to the stone one will benefit from wearing”, Sheila Westera, ISKS artist 2017in nature all around her, in childhood dreams and memories, the cosmos, and of course in the stones themselves. Each piece of jewelry is a completely formidable piece of wearable art, a statement. At the same time, there is nothing gaudy or flashy about it. I feel  rather, that it creates a bridge and connects the wearer with mother earth and the cosmos.

(D. P., May 9th, 2017)


Sheila Westera was born Dutch, but has made London her home base. Currently on a long creative hiatus, she is living in the Swiss mountain village of Engelberg, a half an hour from the beautiful city of Lucerne. This is what she says about her own unique collections:

“The stones tell their own stories”, Sheila Westera, ISKS artist 2017“Ever since I can remember, I have been fascinated by the many shapes and forms of nature and the cosmos. I studied Architecture and Art History, and then worked in the high-end jewelry industry in Amsterdam.”

“Working with the large raw crystals, precious and semi-precious stones, I am passionate about telling their stories. These narratives are often based on childhood memories and dreams. I also developed my own unique wire bending technique. It is signature to all my pieces. For each stone I build a unique frame or nest, by weaving, webbing and lacing precious wire in an unconventional, almost organic approach, creating unique wearable pieces of art." - Sheila Westera, May 1. 2017

For more on Sheila Westera visit her website

Ruth Maria Lerch

Ruth Maria Lerch was born in Schwyz, and studied art and graphic design in Lucerne, Switzerland. For the past 40 years she has worked exclusively as a fine artist. Her work reflects the meditative focus she pours the landscapes, the trees and the people that inhabiting her canvases.

Looking at one of Ruth Maria Lerch’s paintings, a dialogue seems to ensue. I find myself wondering about the people in the canvas. Her landscapes become a portal, through which I can drift off into my own dreamscapes.

I am very happy that Ruth Maria Lerch and her daughter, Nadja Lerch (see below) have both agreed to be part of ISKS 2017.

(D.P.  May 25. 2017)


This is what Ruth Maria Lerch says about her own work:

“In my portraits, mostly of women, I search for their innermost secrets, their stories, their dreams and their thoughts. Then I pour all these into the painting. I weave them into the canvas with the objects, the clothes and the space that I create around them.”

“I want my work to start a thought process in the viewer. I want them to become curious. I want them to find their own stories, their or truth.”
- Ruth Maria Lerch May 15, 2017

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Martin Zemp

Martin Zemp at work in his studio, Lucerne, Fall 2016In his oversized, expressionist paintings, the Lucerne artist and architect, Martin Zemp, achieves a perfect balance between the raw and the delicate, the bright and the quiet. His brush strokes are bold, broad and sure.  The contrast of the often bright colors combined with black and white, divide the vast canvases into fields of light and dark. The expressions and poses of the mostly female figures with their raw sensuality are mesmerizing and will hold you transfixed.

For all these reasons I am overjoyed to bring you Martin Zemp as one of the ISKS artists in its opening year. Martin Zemp's Solo-Exhibit will be staged from Wednesday, September 13 thorough Sunday September 17, 2017.

(D. P., June 28, 2017)


This is what the Lucerne architect and artist, Martin Zemp, says about his work:

Martin Zemp, acryl on canvas 125 x 190 cm“The love of paper and pencil, colors and canvas, have been part of me since I can remember. Even as a young boy, I portrayed anyone who came into my field of vision. Now, as an adult, art has become not only a means of expression, but also a path for introspection and meditation. Martin Zemp, acryl on canvas 135 x 195 cmIn the quiet of my studio I can pour out my soul onto my canvases.”

“I love to paint people - mostly woman - who’s sensuality, fragility, beauty and strength I find fascinating. My desire is to pass this vision on to the viewer. I hope that the public can find all this and more in my paintings. This is why I am excited to show my art at ISKS in September 2017.” - Martin Zemp, June 20. 2017

For more on Martin Zemp visit his website