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David Lehmann Biography

The result is a pleasurable painting that always–very calculated–flirts a little with ideas of potential failure. In do-ing so, David Lehmann interweaves classic themes and myths of art (history), especially painting, with current socio-political and contemporary subjects as well as their cultural reference systems. The boundaries between (supposedly) individual and collective narratives of the real as well as the fictional are deliberately blurred and mixed up in the visual worlds that result. David Lehmann nourishes and breaks authenticity projections with which art, especially painters (and paintings) is often confronted, with a good pinch of (self-)irony, so to speak, within a brushstroke. For example, one of Lehmann's recurring motifs is the painter as a male subject who is aware of the range of artistic and social principles of seduction, who masters, but also distrusts them.

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Also shaped by the knowledge of the legendary, deceptive and in a certain way untimely myth of the virile artist figure, David Lehmann lets his supposed alter ego look from the canvas to the world (or vice versa). Sometimes designed as an omniscient, sometimes as a doubter, but always as a bon vivant, this fictional character can never be seen as the painter's hard and serious work while painting.

Text courtesy Choi&Lager Gallery.

David Lehmann Featured Artworks

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La Bête by David Lehmann contemporary artwork painting, works on paper
David LehmannLa Bête, 2021Dispersion, asphalt varnish, pen, oil on linen
150 x 140 x 4.5 cm
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Polemus by David Lehmann contemporary artwork painting, works on paper
David LehmannPolemus, 2021Dispersion, asphalt varnish, pen, oil on linen
140 x 150 x 4.5 cm
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My Wilderness by David Lehmann contemporary artwork painting
David LehmannMy Wilderness, 2021Dispersion, asphalt varnish, oil on linen
160 x 200 x 6.5 cm
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Last Dance by David Lehmann contemporary artwork painting, works on paper, drawing
David LehmannLast Dance, 2021Watercolour, ink and gouache on watercolour paper
40 x 30 cm
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First Dance by David Lehmann contemporary artwork painting, works on paper, drawing
David LehmannFirst Dance, 2021Watercolour and ink on watercolour paper
40 x 30 cm
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Der Erste Erguss (The first ejaculation) by David Lehmann contemporary artwork painting, works on paper, drawing
David LehmannDer Erste Erguss (The first ejaculation), 2020Watercolour, ink and gouache on paper
56 x 42 cm
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Caligula by David Lehmann contemporary artwork painting, works on paper
David LehmannCaligula, 2020Watercolour on paper
56 x 42 cm
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Slow Love by David Lehmann contemporary artwork painting, works on paper, drawing
David LehmannSlow Love, 2021Watercolour, ink and gouache on watercolour paper
61 x 46 cm
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David Lehmann Recent Exhibitions

David Lehmann Represented By

Choi&Lager Gallery contemporary art gallery in Seoul, South Korea Choi&Lager Gallery Cologne, Seoul
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