Christopher Lehmpfuhl - New pathsGalerie Ludorff is pleased to announce an exhibition of new paintings by Christopher Lehmpfuhl that will be shown in our first floor space from 9 September 2011 to 28 January 2012.
In this latest body of work, painted over the past three years, the artist continues to explore the possibilities of contemporary plein-air painting.
Passionately dedicated to his vocation, Lehmpfuhl uses paint and canvas to examine nature, light, and color – rain or shine, summer or winter – in works that are unadulterated and stark, not least because of the artist’s striking use of impasto. It is the intensely three-dimensional appearance of the oil paint that makes his works so instantly recognizable. Thanks to Lehmpfuhl’s surprising aesthetic, his paintings stand out, for the powerfully gestural and expressionist plein-air works, committed as they are to an impressionist approach to the handling of light, formally mark out a fixed and narrow painterly position between objectivity and abstraction. For the viewer, the upshot of all this are two visual pleasures. Moving up close, we are amazed by the paintings’ materiality resulting from the molded gestures of color and the multilayered contours of paint which Lehmpfuhl has generously applied with hands and fingers in a thick mix of colors. Taking a step back, however, we can see Lehmpfuhl’s masterly compositions of landscape and light. They are strikingly tangible works impressively executed on small and large-sized canvases.
Many of the paintings shown have been exhibited at the Kunstverein Krefeld from 13 May to 24 June. All 50 works are published in a 72-page catalogue with an essay by Dr. Melanie Klier, a leading expert for the artist’s work.
Christopher Lehmpfuhl was born in 1972 in Berlin, where he continues to live and work. Recent solo exhibitions have been shown at the Kunstverein Krefeld (2011) and Museum Gut Altenkamp (2011). Recent group exhibitions include “Hot-Spot-Berlin”, Georg-Kolbe-Museum, Berlin (2011); “Aller Zauber liegt im Bild”, Museum Würth, Künzelsau (2011).
For further information, please contact Sophie von Scheel or Manuel Ludorff on +49 (0)211 32 65 66.
Rainer M. Ludorff und Manuel Ludorff
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