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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.

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Omena by Bernard Frize contemporary artwork painting
Bernard Frize Omena, 2023 Acrylic and resin on canvas
150 x 130 cm
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Isit by Bernard Frize contemporary artwork painting
Bernard Frize Isit, 2022 Acrylic and resin on canvas
110 x 85 cm
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Meix by Bernard Frize contemporary artwork painting
Bernard Frize Meix, 2022 Acrylic and resin on canvas
150 x 130 cm
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Vernal by Bernard Frize contemporary artwork painting
Bernard Frize Vernal, 2014 Acrylic and resin on canvas
220 x 180 cm
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Fos by Bernard Frize contemporary artwork painting
Bernard Frize Fos, 2022 Acrylic and resin on canvas
92 x 73 cm
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Lucky XIII by Bernard Frize contemporary artwork painting, works on paper
Bernard Frize Lucky XIII, 2000 Acrylic and resin on canvas
50 x 73 cm
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Smara by Bernard Frize contemporary artwork painting, works on paper
Bernard Frize Smara, 2022 Acrylic and resin on canvas
165 x 165 cm
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Imi by Bernard Frize contemporary artwork painting, works on paper
Bernard Frize Imi, 2013 Acrylic and resin on canvas
170 x 170 cm
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