press release

In the spring ARKEN is showing a solo exhibition of the young German-Russian painter Andreas Golder (b. 1979). In recent years Andreas Golder has attracted attention for his very personal painting, humorously and elegantly renewing painting’s potential – conceptually as well as formally and with regards to subject matter.

In Golder’s figurative paintings existential questions of identity and understanding of self are knitted together with absurd and humorous stories of everyday life. Anything from strong headwind to shopping sprees, catwalks and nose picking are valid subjects. The usually solitary figures race along, leaving deep tracks in the thick paint, or are captured in serene moments of lonely wonder.

Golder’s paintings are twisted portraits and grotesque mirror images of the human condition and of the culture we have constructed around us. With great technical scope he incorporates in his pictures everything from photographic snapshots to writing and objects. His paintings allude to prominent role models such as Francis Bacon, Philip Guston and Per Kirkeby.

The exhibition is the first comprehensive presentation of Golder’s works in Denmark and includes a number of brand new paintings, created specially for ARKEN’s exhibition.

Andreas Golder
It has my name on it