Selected works by Michael Bauer

Michael Bauer
Pol 1 (Smart Estrus)

2005

Oil on canvas

140 x 120 cm

Reminiscent of the bizarre anthropomorphic portraits of 16th century painter Giuseppe Arcimboldo, Michael Bauer’s work creates figurative composites from abstraction and design. In Pol 1 (Smart Estrus), a male profile appears as a grotesque and distorted conglomeration of doodled elements. Grey and muddy forms entangle as abject viscera: lumpy scar tissue, withering penises, and slithery dead matter converge as psychological landscape, and forlorn memento mori. Framed by a decorative vignette, Bauer balances the obscene with the precious, creating a fragile seduction within his barbarous image. Subtitled Smart Estrus, Bauer’s painting suggests lurid plots of patriarchal power and noble lineage.

Michael Bauer
Pol 4 (Senor Mousse)

2005

Oil on canvas

140 x 120 cm

Michael Bauer offers deformity as a platform for unequivocal beauty. In Pol 4 (Senor Mousse), Bauer uses the qualities of abstract painting as a deviation of representational portraiture, allowing the media to replicate the characteristics of physical matter. Traces of recognisable features, such as eyes and hands give uneasy relation to celiac smears, scabby encrustations, and fluid brush marks, each rendered with a pristine delicacy. Offset by harlequin ornamentation and elegant touches of primavera colour, Bauer’s reductive palette creates an antiquarian reverence, setting his absurd conception as an icon of protracted contemplation.

Michael Bauer
L.O.R.D.S. 4000

2006

Oil on canvas

190 x 210 cm
Michael Bauer
L.O.R.D.S. 3000

2006

Oil on canvas

190 x 210 cm
Michael Bauer
Dixie Supreme

2005

Oil on canvas

150 x 130 cm
Michael Bauer
Bad Harvest

2008

Oil on canvas

160 x 130 cm
Michael Bauer
Freund 2 - English

2008

Oil on canvas

60 x 50 cms
Michael Bauer
Freund 1 - Deutsch

2008

Oil on canvas

60 x 50 cms

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