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Andy Denzler


A Moment of Reflection

Andy Denzler is a respected artist in the contemporary art scene and well known for his iconic paintings which waver between abstraction and figuration. He works in a traditional and timeless realm, and his darker paintings reminds us of those of the Renaissance Masters. He creates theatre-like settings using his personal photographs to assemble a collage which he then paints on canvas, alla prima, with multiple layers of impasto oil paint. Before the surface dries, he treats it with a spatula or a palette knife to reveal a distorted image frozen in time. For this exhibition A Moment of Reflection, Denzler has created twelve new masterpieces, capturing human figures in their intimacy taking a moment of reflection.
"Andy Denzler makes us discover the world through a different perspective. He unveils a new concrete reality."
Enguerrand Lascols
Art critic
Andy Denzler, Woman on a Beige Chaise Longue, 2020
oil on canvas, 180 x 150 cm (70.8 x 59 in)
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Andy Denzler, The Study Room V, 2020
oil on canvas, 180 x 150 cm (70.8 x 59 in)
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Denzler has created a signature style encompassing bands of pigment that alternate between static, thick marks and blurred, flowing sweeps. The human figure remains at the core of his explorations, courting the viewer’s memories, and leaving us with a vague gnawing that we have missed something lying just beneath the surface.
These distorted paintings are close to reality but also contain a nostalgic distance, because the eye can never precisely capture the image being viewed.
Andy Denzler, Woman on a Daybed II, 2020
oil on canvas, 180 x 150 cm (70.8 x 59 in)
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Installation view, Andy Denzler, A Moment of Reflection, Opera Gallery ©
Andy Denzler, Treehouse I, 2020
oil on canvas, 180 x 150 cm (70.8 x 59 in)
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Denzler’s pieces are snap-shots of events that take place in the span of mere moments, distorted in their movements, their timeframe artificially smeared and elongated into frozen eternities like the oscillating frames of a VHS tape hovering on pause.
"His images are unpredictable and unlikely, but undoubtedly mysterious and enticing. They are scenes of reality, but the sense of unreality prevails in them."
Artnoid 178, Park Kyum-Sook
National Museum of Modern and Contemporary Art, Ko Seung-Hye
Andy Denzler, Venus in Maroon, 2020
oil on canvas, 180 x 150 cm (70.8 x 59 in)
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Andy Denzler, Portrait of Pascal, 2020
oil on canvas, 50 x 120 cm (overall) (17.9 x 47.2 in) / 50 x 40 cm (each) (19.7 x 15.7 in)
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Andy Denzler (born in 1965) lives and works in Zurich, Switzerland. In 2006, he received his Master of Fine Arts at the Chelsea College of Art and Design in London. His works have been exhibited in numerous solo and group shows in Europe, the United States and Asia in private and public institutions including the Gwangju Museum of Art, the Ludwig Museum in Koblenz, the Ludwig Museum Schloss in Oberhausen, the Kunsthalle in Rostock, in Germany and he recently had a major retrospective at the Kunstforum in Vienna. In 2015, Denzler participated in the 6th Beijing international Biennale and in 2016, at the 6th Marrakech Biennale. His art is featured in major collections including the Hirshhorn Museum, in Washington DC, the Denver Art Museum, the Museum of Contemporary Art in Montreal, the David Roberts Art Foundation in London, the Tel Aviv Museum of Modern Art, the MOMA Moscow, as well as the Museum Würth in Schwäbisch Hall, in Germany, the Burger Collection in Hong Kong and the White Cube Collection in London. A monography was recently published by Damiani.
Installation view, Andy Denzler, A Moment of Reflection, Opera Gallery ©
Andy Denzler, Boy Meanders Through, 2020
oil on canvas, 70 x 80 cm (27.5 x 31.5 in)
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Denzler's paintings are the outcome of several layers of painting and erasure. Their surfaces are animated by lines where the squeegee has paused, by brushstrokes, other scrapings, and areas where the skin of oil paint has dried and rippled. The paint seems delicate and fluid in some areas, coarser and more solid in others.  
"His models feel both identifiable and anonymous, faceless and opaque, yet distinguishable. If his scenes were once “frozen” in time, they are now glacially melting before the viewer on the horizon as a block of butter in a simple pan. The eye is drawn to this movement. And it is not just the body that is active, but the hair, leather, soul too, commingling in the paint color and texture. All elements are interspersed and kinetic."
Cori Hutchinson
Editor for Whitehot Magazine
Andy Denzler, If I Could Tell You 2020
oil on canvas, 80 x 70 cm (31.5 x 27.5 in)
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Installation view, Andy Denzler, A Moment of Reflection, Opera Gallery ©
Andy Denzler, Introspection III, 2019
oil on canvas, 180 x 450 cm (overall) (70.8 x 177.1 in) / 180 x 150 cm (each) (70.8 x 59 in)
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Installation view, Andy Denzler, A Moment of Reflection, Opera Gallery ©
Andy Denzler, The Earth Reflects in Her, 2020
oil on canvas, 140 x 120 cm (51.1 x 47.2 in)
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"Denzler’s paintings have a unique palette of ochers, browns, blacks, flesh tones and grays, that make them readable and naturalistic images infused with energy."
Noah Becker Art critic and founder of Whitehot Magazine
 
Andy Denzler, The Study Room I, 2020
oil on canvas, 200 x 300 cm (78.7 x 118.1 in)
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"The identity of each sitter is strengthened by the haptic intervention and distortion. This makes the people who are portrayed appear more vulnerable. Ultimately, it serves as a reminder to the transience of our existence. The spontaneous manner that I paint is central to the work's emotive freshness. Each painting starts with one human figure or more and the landscape or interior is built around that. Free brushstrokes are applied by using a combination of impasto oil paints dripping turps and glazing."
Andy Denzler
Andy Denzler, Treehouse II, 2020
oil on canvas, 140 x 120 cm (51.1 x 47.2 in)
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