Kewenig presents Erik Andriesse's Untitled (Paravent) in Room #4. The work was created for the legendary 'Paravents' exhibition curated by Jule Kewenig in 1984 bringing together artists like Anselm Kiefer, Markus Lüpertz, A.R. Penck, Sigmar Polke, Gerhard Richter and many more, under the concept for each artist to propose a folding screen.
Andriesse's wooden room divider is painted in bright red with a black flower on one side and black dots as well as a dedication to Jule Kewenig on the back. Standing freely in the centre of the room, the painting reveals itself to the viewer as they walk around it. Although it can be experienced as a three-dimensional sculpture, the front and back sides can clearly be identified as with a painting.
Black outlines of gestural brushwork on vividly coloured backgrounds are central to Andriesse's almost calligraphic painting style. Fascinated by portraying nature as it appeared to him, the artist's most occupied motif was an individual flower, which he painted almost exclusively in the years from 1983-86. Occasionally other motifs like animal skeletons, skulls, shells - as if taken from a still life - seemingly contrast with the seductive fully blooming flowers while they all allude to the themes of beauty, ecstasy and death.
Further to these links with French and Belgian symbolism as well as 19th century painting, Andriesse's painting is closely connected traditional Chinese painting in which nature appears as the main subject. Admirer of the 17th century painter Pa-ta Shan-jen (1625–1705), Andriesse also reduces his brushwork to a few lines, freely drawn in rapid movement.
Erik Andriesse (1957–1993) was a Dutch painter, trained in Ateliers '63, Haarlem. After his first exhibition at the age of 15 his work was frequently shown in the Netherlands and Germany, such as in the Museum Fodor (1979) and the Van Gogh Museum (1988), Amsterdam. In 2003 the Museum De Pont, Tilburg, and the Gemeentemuseum, Den Haag, showed his work in solo exhibitions. In 2015 the Stedelijk Museum Den Bosch, 's-Hertogenbosch, presented his until then unknown ceramics. Andriesse was honoured with the Prix de Rome for his graphic works in 1988.
Press release courtesy KEWENIG.