Philipp Kremer (b. 1981, Duisburg, Germany) lives and works in Berlin, Germany. The erect dicks, anguished faces, and interlocked bodies in Kremer’s paintings are depicted with large, swift, yet precise brushstrokes of unmixed, bright, and transparent oil paint, and composed entirely in primary and secondary colors. He intentionally leaves ostensible voids on the canvas to reinforce the aesthetic expression of the negative space, which allows for a more objective reading of his provocative portraiture and diffuses their innate eroticism. By zooming-in on the joyous and occasionally distressed faces and applying bigger brushstrokes of more than one color on each canvas, he intensifies the interplay between indexicality and iconicity: tracing the physical act of painting while insisting on being an organized representational, yet emotional picture.
Recent exhibitions include Skin Stealers, Nicodim Gallery, Los Angeles (2019); Certain Place, Studio Continuo, Amsterdam (2019, solo); The Adderall and the Ecstasy, Galeria Nicodim, Bucharest, Romania (2018); Homeward Bound, Nicodim Gallery, Los Angeles (2018); Basic Communities/Soft People, CCA Derry/Londonderry, Northern Ireland (2017, solo); Soft People, Kunstverein Langenhagen, Hannover, Germany (2017, solo); and Philipp Kremer, Nicodim Gallery, Los Angeles (2016, solo).