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Solo show: Pius Fox - München (over)

10 March 2011 until 28 April 2011
  Galerie Martin Mertens

Galerie Martin Mertens
Linienstraße 148
10115 Berlin
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Having already exhibited a selection of small pictures by him during the opening exhibition of our Munich office in September 2010, we now present the comprehensive portfolio of the young Berlin artist Pius Fox (*1983), which includes new works.
In his oil paintings on canvas and oiled paper, Fox has developed a very unique picturesque drawing style. His work ranges from clearly figurative pictures to completely free abstract compositions. The inspiration for his works may originate from historical images or be based on his own photos. The picturesque result may be partly based on a model or the model may be almost completely abandoned, resulting in an apparently fictitious, non-objective composition.
Fox often applies many layers of paint, sometimes transparent and sometimes opaque, on top of one another, thus producing deep and vibrant color spaces. Where the colors meet, the transitions are very smooth and flowing and where they stand next to one another they create strong contrasts. His brush work is very dynamic and powerful. The application of paint is expressive and spontaneous, but with closer inspection his keen sense of color tones and harmonies as well as a balanced, but exciting composition of colors, structures and image elements is apparent.
Many of his works deal in the broadest sense with spaces. These can have concrete architectural forms, but can also dissolve into pure color spaces. The motif of the curtain that marks a dividing line between "in front of" and "behind" is found in several works. Lighting and color selection can therefore create very different moods or atmospheres with these spaces. Often his pictures act as a window or door to something new, but what lies behind remains elusive. What is visible and what remains hidden?

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