The exhibition by Frank Nitsche, one of the main German abstract painters of his generation, is the first by the artist at the Galería Pelaires
Galería Pelaires is proud to present, for the first time in Spain, Frank Nitsche, with his most recent work, after the success he achieved in the Zona Maco (Mexico) and ARCO Madrid fairs this year. It is a selection of large-scale paintings.
Frank Nitsche (Görlitz, 1964) lives and works in Berlin and is one of the main exponents of German postmodern abstract painting. Linked to the school of painting in Dresden, his works are inspired by an imaginary image file, whose translation and appropriation become the starting point for the majority of his pieces. Some images reach the canvas by choice, others by chance.
He is a painter whose work we can frame in the so-called postmodern abstraction, and who is keenly interested in Constructivism rooted in the future, filtered by the development of mass culture. He studied art at the Hopschule für Bildende Künste in Dresden, Germany, from 1988 to 1995. In 1998, he received a scholarship from the Junstlerhaus Schloss Wiepersdorf to further his studies.
Dresden was a great source of inspiration at the outset and initial development of his artistic career. It was here where he learned alongside other painters such as Thomas Scheibitz and Eberhard Havekost.
His artistic development was also impacted by another historical event, the fall of the Berlin wall. Nitsche has lived in Berlin since the 90’s and has witnessed the rapid transformation of the city’s architectural, as well as social, landscape. His work sets out to encompass this complex period in the history of Germany and, therefore, his futuristic landscapes seem to express this clash of conflicting ideas.
Nitsche has developed a sophisticated visual language, embodied through the overlapping of layers of paint, the intersection of lines, angles and vectors creating an impression of a three-dimensional space. Geometric shapes and lines, which for the most part are unidentifiable and yet evocative, are arranged in abstract compositions that might remind you of blueprints, technical models, design, calligraphy or for that matter, computer programmes. While his painting may give this impression, he uses no computer programmes or anything similar. Rather he paints layer upon layer in the time-honoured laborious fashion, stressing even more strongly his concept of contradiction. Some areas of the canvas are sanded, allowing glimpses of the layers of paint below, creating dotted lines that show the process of development and evolution of the work itself.
His work focuses on a type of painting which brings the perception of a precise, pure and apparently accurate geometry into conflict with more spontaneous free construction and pictorial strokes. They are series of paintings which contain constellations and at the same time, drawings and lines that are very well defined. The artist creates his carefully worked, sophisticated abstraction from juxtapositions of shapes that might well be called technological, alongside others which are freer and more erratic.
For his work, Nitsche uses a large image file taken from the media, pop culture and consumption trends. These are reformatted, selected and condensed in his own pictorial language. These “albums” have been published as artist’s books or exhibited alongside his paintings.
His work has been shown at the Royal Academy of Art (London), Centre Pompidou (Paris), the Tate Modern (London), Kunsthouse Bethanian (Berlin), National Museum of art (Beijing), Fankfurt Kunsthalle (Frankfurt), Townhouse (Zurich) and Kunstsammlung Neubrandenburg (Neubrandenburg), among others. More recently in the Galeria Pedro Cera de Lisboa, the Max Hetzler in Berlin, Nanzuka Underground, Tokyo and the Paris Nathalie Obada.