b. 1954, France

Bernard Frize Biography

Bernard Frize is a French abstract painter who lives and works in France and Germany. Since the late 1970s, and during the period when many artists and critics spoke of the 'death of painting', Frize has been producing a body of work that reduces painting to its most pure essence: the application of colour and paint on a support.

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As the artist said in a 2019 interview with Mousse Magazine: 'For me, painting has always been a place for developing ideas and reflecting on the history of art and images'. While his work was slow to receive critical recognition, Frize gave painting a new impulse and influenced a younger generation of artists. His works have been exhibited in Centre Pompidou, Paris (2020); S.M.A.K Museum, Belgium; and Gemeente Museum Den Haag, Netherlands, in 2002. In addition, he participated in the 11th Sydney Biennale (1998); the 51st Venice Biennale (2005); and the 30th São Paulo Biennial (2012).

Frize's paintings use lines in abstractions that show surprising complexity in terms of colour, facture, width, and intersection, stretching the definition of line. The artist employs different techniques and tools to apply paint to the canvas—from wide brushstrokes to more precise and rigid lines—to create colourful and diverse abstract patterns. While his paintings often begin as a grid on paper or canvas, they will not always retain the original sketch; the resulting compositions in Frize's paintings and prints reveal a tension between order and accident.

Bernard Frize was born in Saint-Mandé, France in 1949 and studied at the École des beaux-Arts in Montpellier National Art School.

Ocula | 2020

Heimo Zobernig, Untitled (2015). Acrylic on canvas. Signed and dated by the artist on reverse. 200 x 200 cm. © Heimo Zobernig. Courtesy the artist and Simon Lee Gallery.

Bernard Frize Featured Artworks

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Bar by Bernard Frize contemporary artwork painting
Bernard Frize Bar, 2016 Acrylic paint and resin on canvas, aluminium stretchers
85 x 85 cm
Perrotin Contact Gallery
Dela by Bernard Frize contemporary artwork painting
Bernard Frize Dela, 2013 Acrylic and resin on canvas
116 x 87 cm
Perrotin Contact Gallery
Dolo by Bernard Frize contemporary artwork painting
Bernard Frize Dolo, 2013 Acrylic and resin on canvas
120 x 80 cm
Perrotin Contact Gallery
Ghor by Bernard Frize contemporary artwork painting
Bernard Frize Ghor, 2020 Acrylic and resin on canvas, wooden frame
160 x 180 cm
Perrotin Contact Gallery
Nieri by Bernard Frize contemporary artwork painting
Bernard Frize Nieri, 2019 Acrylic and resin on canvas
240 x 240 cm
Perrotin Contact Gallery
Elba by Bernard Frize contemporary artwork painting
Bernard Frize Elba, 1993 Acrylic and resin on canvas
219.5 x 194.5 cm
Simon Lee Gallery Contact Gallery
Insulaire j by Bernard Frize contemporary artwork painting
Bernard Frize Insulaire j, 2004 Oil on canvas
150 x 132 cm
Simon Lee Gallery Contact Gallery
MERISCHIA by Bernard Frize contemporary artwork painting
Bernard Frize MERISCHIA, 2017 Acrylic and resin on canvas
185 x 185 cm
Simon Lee Gallery Contact Gallery

Bernard Frize Current & Recent Exhibitions

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Bernard Frize Represented By

Perrotin contemporary art gallery in Paris, France Perrotin Hong Kong, New York, Paris, Seoul, Shanghai, Tokyo
Simon Lee Gallery contemporary art gallery in Hong Kong Simon Lee Gallery Hong Kong, London, New York

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