Selected works by Stefan Kurten

Stefan Kurten
Ultramarine II

2004

Oil on Canvas

120 x 150cm
Stefan K├╝rtenÔÇÖs architecture-based compositions propose a new Germany growing over abandoned constructs and aspirations of a fading past, where memories are broken down and allowed to mutate into dizzying pattern and abstraction ÔÇô and, notably, where man-made structures and nature are seen to coalesce.
Stefan Kurten
The Handsome Family

2004

Oil on Canvas

190 x 270cm
Decorativeness and ornament permeate his oil paintings. The surfeit of roots, branches, foliage and flowers looming over interior objects and neat brick walls is almost impossible to take in all at once. The subjects in the mid-century art collector chic of Ultramarine II (2004), the busy pattern and soft furnishings of Long Time Now (2002) and the backyard vertigo of flora and collapsed modernist housing of The Handsome Family (2004) and Heartbeat (2004-2005) share a slightly aggressive sense of wild, untamed beauty perhaps most disquieting in the overgrown brutalism of Silence (2001). Rich metallic tones imbue his motifs with an unreal, oneiric, displacing them from their usual context, as if referencing the look and connotation of religious illuminations.
Stefan Kurten
Silence

2001

Oil on Canvas

188 x 267cm

Kürten’s catalogue of imagery merges the impersonal with an intimate sense of presence, creating a weird domestic geography that’s both comforting in its familiarity and asphyxiating in its excessive detail. As the artist puts it, ‘the paintings are differing versions of an idyll, or rather stages of disappearing idylls. They seem to find a last refuge in all sorts and styles of picturesque houses with manicured lawns and cosy living rooms, or tamed and domesticated versions of nature, the gardens and parks of our communal recreation, counter-images and escapes from the quotidian and its purposeful rationality. Like faded images from a long expired dream, their very lack of authenticity makes them true.’

Stefan Kurten
Long Time Now

2002

Oil on Canvas

145 x 190cm
Stefan Kurten
Heartbeat

2004-5

Oil on Canvas

190 x 270cm

Other Resources

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Additional information about Stefan Kurten

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Additional information about Stefan Kurten and his work

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Thomas Dane Gallery presents STEFAN K├ťRTEN : Say Hello, Wave Goodbye

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Additional Images

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Stefan K├╝rten's paintings expose the dogged attempt to make life perfect

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Stefan K├╝rten's paintings expose the dogged attempt to make life perfect, at least on the surface.

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Bei Stefan K├╝rten wird der ´┐Żsthetische Alptraum unseres Alltags zur fetischistischen Phantasie, das Grau der Vorst´┐Żdte zu einer merkw´┐Żrdigen Sch´┐Żnheit.