Human Perspectives – Opera Gallery Zurich, 2018
With his fragmented interior scenes and portraits, Andy Denzler is part of a group of
contemporary artists who concentrate on figures and their representation in space. Not unlike
Peter Doig’s ghostly figures or Yan Pei-Ming’s portraits painted with large brush strokes,
Denzler paints the human figure - men and women who are anonymous and individualised at
the same time. This group of international artists cast an insightful eye on our society through
their figurative work. In our world overloaded with images, such artists were able to resist to
the immediacy and urgency that the new media have to offer and give their images a new
temporality, allowing the viewer to reflect and contemplate.
The Painter’s Room – Opera Gallery Paris, 2018
As a result of this original aesthetic, Denzler’s creations merge the figurative and the abstract.
It is, in fact, the picture of a woman, a man, a couple that one can see on the surface of the
canvas combined with large coloured areas, moving surfaces and distortions. Denzler
integrates figures and scenes from everyday life as captured through photography. Thus,
figuration leaves room to non-figuration and all is united in a neutral palette, composed of
more subdued colours such as flesh tones, ochres and browns.
Portraits. Figures & Interiors – BRAFA, Brussels, 2018
Another reason, is the fertile relationship that Denzler maintains between image and
substance. There is a constant dialogue and mutual enrichment from these two poles.
The paintings` subjects never end with the depiction of the image, nor is the act of
painting reduced to a pure experimentation of the material. The viewer`s perception of
the work wavers between pure abstraction and evocative portrayal. This experience is
enhanced by the neutral and muted colors that the artist uses.
Fragmented Identity - Damiani, Bologna, 2017
Andy Denzler combines a variety of media in his art practice, including painting, sculpture, and
drawing. His works respond to traditional portrait painting through an expressive and
multi-layered application of impasto oil paint and the subsequent removal
thereof, resulting in the morphing of the image.
Fragmented Figures - Schultz Contemporary, Berlin, 2017
Andy Denzler`s new pictures captivate due to his brilliant painting technique, oscillating
between the figurative and the abstract. At the core is the human being, mostly young and
urban. Some of them are known to us by name: they are called `Billie-Jean` or `Katharina`. They
stood model and Denzler took photos of them, for which the lighting was of paramount
Between Here and There - Opera Gallery, London, 2016
In his new series Between Here and There, Andy Denzler explores the romantic idea of an
artist’s existence in the urban environment: a creative mind surrounded by the decay of
buildings, a search for identity within the fast - paced world.
Suspended Reality - Opera Gallery, New York, 2016
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
Breakfast with Velázquez - Schultz Contemporary, 2015
Our eyes glide over the surfaces of the „Photo Frame Paintings“ as if we were slipping and
sliding down a snowy serpentine paths. We stand opposite snowy figures which seem to be
secret weapons against climate change, as if they were hidden behind a wall off sleet.
Denzler’s quiet, barren unreality is of the highest painterly attractiveness.
SEQUENCES - Opera Gallery, 2015
Realism and abstraction, immobility and motion, softness and violence, control and
abandonment: the aesthetic and unsettling nature of Andy Denzler’s art lies in ambivalence
and paradox, an art practiced like a choreography in several acts.
100 Miradas - Al Arte Contemporaneo, 2014
Distorted faces speak to us about the influence of media on our society today. Trough portraits
with touches about surrealism, Denzler appeals to the search of identity and at the same time
critisizes the unreal beauty of th pictures we see on a daily basis.
Distorted Moments - Ludwig Museum 2014
His works move between abstraction and reality, using the classical applications of oil painting
to broach the shifting lines between fiction and reality. Denzler's pieces are snap-shots of
events that take place in the span of mere movements, blurred and distorted in their
movements, their timeframe artifically smeared and elongated into frozen eternities.
Neo Expressionism - Zhan Zhou International, 2013
Empire Inc. Kunsthalle Rostock 2013
Developing Landscapes, Hypnotized, 2013
Andy Denzler, Motion Paintings, 2010
American Paintings - Kashya Hildebrand Gallery, 2005
These paintings are autonomous and at the same time part of a larger concept. Even regarded
as single pieces, the connection between them should be kept in mind. This becomes
ostensive as a sort of puzzle of a higher order, when the paintings, through hanging them
accordingly, are put in opposition to each other ehre confrontation of opposing characters and
political positions seemingly brings conflicts of historical relevance to a point.