October 1, 2009

Jonas Burgert, Hitting Every Head, Exhibition in London

(c)2009 Jonas Burgert, Hitting Every Head Courtesy of Haunch of Venison, London/Christie’s International All rights reserved
JONAS BURGERT (b. 1969) studied at the Universität der Künste in Berlin from 1991 - 1997 and still lives and works in Berlin. Recent solo exhibitions include 'Enigmatic Narrative' at Victoria H. Myhren Gallery, University of Denver and 'Zweiter Tag Nichts/Second Day Nothing' at the Museum for Contemporary Art Denver (both 2008). Recent group exhibitions include 'Weltempfänger' at the Kunsthalle Hamburg, 'Rockers Island. Works from the Olbricht Collection' at the Folkwang Museum Essen, 'Full House – Painting from the Falckenberg Collection', Overbeck-Gesellschaft Lübeck (all 2007), 'The Triumph of Painting Part VI', Saatchi Gallery, London (2006), and 'Geschichtenerzähler', Kunsthalle Hamburg (2005). HAUNCH OF VENISON - LONDON presents the first UK solo exhibition by German painter Jonas Burgert. Known for his complex and mysterious narrative-style painting, Jonas Burgert presents a series of new medium and large-scale paintings. The grotesque and the mystical provide the subject-matter for the majority of Jonas Burgert's art. Bold, sensuous and opulent, the atmosphere in his paintings is of a world of destruction and decay. Working in luminous colours glowing amidst a backdrop of pale hues, the artist depicts an apocalyptic mood of an end time, visions of a netherworld, an unknown myth or a peculiar dream. Each painting seems like a carefully constructed stage of the opera or the circus, containing an artificial world set up with dramatic lighting, exotic costumes, fantastical make up and stage props, and all of them are oddly populated by humans and animals, shamans and magicians, giants and dwarfs, demons and harlequins, creatures dead and alive. One imagines Jonas Burgert controlling his cast like a puppeteer his marionettes, creating new realities and chaotic, orgiastic universes on the canvas. Jonas Burgert's inspirations are multiple and derive from diverse ideologies and cultures. They come from post cards and literature, images of the Indian Holi Festival of Colours and from the artist’s travels to Egypt, where he visited the remnants of its ancient culture. Another major source of inspiration lies in art history, with many references to strands of Late Renaissance thought visible in the works, particularly the Mannerist’s love of the grotesque and the curious, of harsh and crass colour disparities and of an exaggerated, 'unnatural' maniera. JONAS BURGERT, Hitting Every Head 9 october - 7 november 2009 HAUNCH OF VENISON - LONDON 6 Burlington Gardens London W1S3ET http://www.haunchofvenison.com/