b. 1963, Belgium

Cris Brodahl Biography

Beauty, violence, sexuality and death, religion, the subconscious and the uncanny are all startlingly present in Cris Brodahl’s work. Although seemingly predominantly executed in monochromatic shades of sepia, grey, or black and white, a close reading of Brodahl’s paintings reveals a complex palette of subtly nuanced colours. Her paintings can also contain collaged elements, such as gold leaf; others feature incisions. Brodahl assembles images related to art, photography and history, cuttings from interior design or fashion magazines, film stills and, increasingly, photographs that she has taken herself. She then uses these to create her own distinct form of surreal, contemporary world. Fragmented body parts merge together in enigmatic settings (or compositions) that, as in the Surrealist game of cadavre exquis (‘exquisite corpse’), allow free associations to unravel.

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Cris Brodahl was born in Ghent in 1963. She continues to live and work there.

Cris Brodahl was accorded a solo exhibition at the Seattle Art Museum in 2010 and her work has been exhibited in numerous group shows including Inner Journeys, Maison Particulière, Brussels (2013); The Biennial of Painting: The Image of Man at the Museum Dhondt-Dhaenens, Deurle (2012) and Secret Societies at the Schirn Kunsthalle, Frankfurt (2011). She was first shown at Xavier Hufkens in 2006.

Cris Brodahl Featured Artworks

Elongation by Cris Brodahl contemporary artwork works on paper
Cris Brodahl Elongation Graphite on paper
60 x 45 cm
Xavier Hufkens Contact Gallery
The Poet by Cris Brodahl contemporary artwork painting
Cris Brodahl The Poet Oil, canvas, aluminium, wood, gesso
59.9 x 59.5 x 2 cm
Xavier Hufkens Contact Gallery
The Prophet by Cris Brodahl contemporary artwork mixed media
Cris Brodahl The Prophet, 2016 Oil, canvas, aluminium, wood, gesso
67.7 x 46.4 x 2 cm
Xavier Hufkens Contact Gallery
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