Selected works by André Butzer

André Butzer
Ahnenbild 2411

2006

oil on canvas

280 x 460cm
André Butzer’s mural-like canvases are a compression of painting’s recent history in all its totality, animated by the artist’s trademark anarchic visual codes. Ahnenbild 2411 (2006) is overrun with a roughly executed, psychedelic use of colour and the frantic repetition of a hollow-eyed mask, at turns grinning like early 20th-century cartoons or expressing ugliness and terror à la Munch’s Scream or de Kooning’s Woman paintings.
André Butzer
Untitled

2007

oil on canvas

260 x 340 cm
The repetition of the same exaggerated, anxious faces and unmasked pleasure in the physical act of painting appears in two works named Untitled (both 2007). A sense of urgent immediacy is articulated through their high impasto technique and vivid, almost neon-toned colours. Butzer doodles wildly over dark or light backgrounds in separated, unblended clusters, reminiscent of Joan Mitchell’s abstract expressionist canvases. His embrace of an unapologetically bright and varied paint box is conceptual: ‘Colour is basically about history. To animate colour is historic in the way that the image will tell us about the future and the past.’
André Butzer
Untitled (Monochromes Bild)

2007

oil on canvas

260 x 320 cm
Three other Untitled works (all 2007), which also combine abstraction with figuration, explore similar ideas but through a much more restrained almost greyscale palette. Their pared-down unfilled faux naïve geometric shapes recall surrealist compositions and Cy Twombly’s accumulated mark-making. Equally romantic and nihilistic, the artist has described these works as ‘the kind of things Donald Duck would do when he paints’.
André Butzer
Erinnerung an Gottfried Feder (Nachricht vom Tode)

2007

oil on canvas

260 x 340 cms
André Butzer
Untitled

2007

Oil on canvas

260 x 340 cms
André Butzer
Friedens-Siemens XVII

2007

Oil on canvas

260 x 320 cm
André Butzer
Untitled

2007

Oil on canvas

260 x 340 cm
André Butzer
Untitled

2007

Oil on canvas

340 x 260cm
André Butzer
Untitled

2007

Oil on canvas

200 x 260 cm
André Butzer
Untitled

2008

Oil on canvas

340 x 250 cms

Other Resources

artfacts.net
Additional information and images - André Butzer

artists.org
Modern and contemporary artists and art - André Butzer

artnet.com
Various other resources and images – André Butzer

patricialow.com
Representing gallery, selected works and information on past and future exhibitions - André Butzer

alisonjacquesgallery.com
Representing gallery, London - André Butzer

saatchi-gallery.co.uk/blogon
Question and Answer session with André Butzer

patricialow.com
Representing gallery, selected works and information on past and future exhibitions - André Butzer

tatintsian.com
Representing gallery, additional images and information- André Butzer

alisonjacquesgallery.com
Various images, information on past exhibitions and links - André Butzer

haah.de
Additional images and information about past exhibitions - André Butzer

metropicturesgallery.com
Exhibition information and additional images - André Butzer

hgb-leibzig.de
Interview with André Butzer in German –
Haselnuß-Bilder sind monochrome Darstellungen von aufgelösten kosmischen Landschaften (Planeten) oder beschmierte Wände von Gefängniszellen, aber immer graues Restmaterial von bestimmten Persönlichkeiten in diesen Gefängniszellen. Die Haselnuß selber ist ein Loch, ein ehemaliges Auge, das Farbe verschluckt oder hervorbringt. Friedens-Siemens Bilder sind Portraits, und vom Körper abgetrennte, schwebende Kopfwesen, von der Industrie durch Ausgleichszahlungen entschädigte Personen. Alle Bilder gehen automatisch auseinander hervor.