per adolfsen

Transparent II, 2017, oil on canvas, 47″ x 31″, 120 x 80 cm

Per Adolfsen lives and works in Odense, Denmark, where he was born in 1964.  His earlier work comprised emotionally charged acrylic paintings that seamlessly merge representational and abstraction and text, and engaged the viewer in a seductive world of fantasy and uncertainty that recalls classic Scandinavian angst.  His most recent contemplative oil paintings, a marked break with his prior series, demonstrates his evolving commitment to using the medium as tool for breaking past stereotype and false exteriors in order to know other people and one’s self.  The neutral palette and minimal backgrounds in many pieces allow the viewer to be fully focused on the people foregrounded in the paintings and punctuated by moments of brilliant color—a lavender head scarf, crystalline blue eyes.  Adolfsen’s recent portraiture points the way toward an ethical vision by seeking to represent the colorful bonds that tie people together. 

 

Select Solo Exhibitions  

2018       “The Ribbons That Tie Us”, 532 Gallery Thomas Jaeckel, New York

2013       ”Goodbye Blue sky”,  Schuebbe Projects , Düsseldorf 

2011       ”The Imaginary Eden of Mr. Adolfsen”, Art Labor Gallery, Shanghai

2011       ”Lifewire”, Schuebbe Projects, Düsseldorf 

2010       ”The world is floating”, 532 Gallery Thomas Jaeckel, Chelsea, New York 

Select Group Exhibitions

2018.       “Ten Years After” 532 Gallery Thomas Jaeckel , New York

2017        “Ecco Homo Ecco Homo”  St Canscius Kirche Berlin, Curated by A. Ochs,  Berlin

2016         Frederikshavn Kunstmuseum, “Another Land” Frederikshavn

2016         “50×50” Kastrupgaardsamlingen, Copenhagen

2016         Galleri Kirk,Groupshow , Eske Kath,Kasper Eistrup,Mie Olise Kjærgaard , Ålborg

2016          Art Labor Gallery,, artists of the gallery , Shanghai

2015.        Kunsthal Nord, Selection of works from Ålborg Kommune collection, Ålborg

2015        “Menneske”,with Svend Engelund, Agnete Bjerre, Kirsa Andreasen Birgitte                 

                 Støvring, Kristan Devantier, Camilla Thorup, Kunstbygningen Vrå (October, 2015) 

2015        ”Drei Räume, drei Künstler”, with Miriam Vlaming og  Lu Song, Alexander Ochs Private, Berlin

2014        Dialogues with the collection” Kunstbygningen i Vrå, Engelund Samlingen                

2014        ”Fatal”, with.Tanja Selzer, Nandor Anstenberger, Miriam Vlaming,                            

              Kunsthaus Bethanien (Curated by Art Historian Heike Fuhlbrügge) Berlin

2013         ”Thank God I`m Pretty”, with Frederik Foert, Andreas Amrhein , Vanessa von 

                 Heydebreck, Alexander Ochs Galleries, Berlin                 

2013         ”Septemberudstillingen”, Fanø Kunstmuseum          

2013         ”Medley”, Udstilling Focus on drawing with Franz Burkhardt, Christian Schoeler

                 Yokako Ando, Piot Brehmer, Schüebbe Projects, Düsseldorf               

2012         ”Springshow”, 532 Gallery Thomas Jaeckel, Chelsea, New York                  

2012         ”Landscapes”,  Schuebbe Projects, Düsseldorf 

2011         ”High Five” with Lu Yang, Douglas Coupland, Eric Leleu, Ren Zhitian, Art Labor   

                 Gallery, Shanghai                

2011          “Ode on Melancholy” with Tom Anholt, Marco Reichert , Marcy Brafman, Janine  

                 Bean Gallery, Berlin              

2010         ”Second Impressions”, Art Labor Gallery, Shanghai            

RECENT PRESS
                 Review ”Berliner Zeitung” 2013 

                  Review ”Art Info” Berlin 2013, by Alexander Forbes 

                  Kunst i øjet, DK4, 2011 (Danish television –artist portrait)

                  Portrait/article ”Glasschord art and Culture Magazine New York” 2011 

                  Review  ”Randian online magazine”, China 2011, by Jennifer Hall 

                  Portrait on Danmarks Radio P1, 2010 

                  Review ”Art Magazine M, The New York Art World” 2010, M. Brendon Macinnis