Tal R Exhibited at The Saatchi Gallery

Tal R
New Quarter


Mixed Media on Canvas

250 x 250cm

In New Quarter, all the characters of the barrio turn out: the pimpish don, moustachioed wideboy and the scar-faced bandito/padre. The ravished tower-block ghetto is a kiddie version of Atari graphics. It’s a painting of communal harmony; a portrait of a seedy underworld eroding in Benetton colours.

Tal R
Sisters of Kolbojnik


Oil on Canvas

250 x 250cm

’I do painting a bit like people make a lunch box,’ Tal R explains, ’I constantly have this hot-pot boiling and I throw all kinds of material into it.’ ’Kolbojnik’, the Hebrew word for leftovers, is more than appropriate to describe his home-baked painting style: imaginary pastoral scenes based on his everyday life, rendered in guttural faux abstraction, canvases often literally collaged together like a visual goulash. Sisters of Kolbojnik, depicting an earthy gang of shaggy-haired, bell-bottomed nymphs in a magic-mushroom forest, is a celebration of overlooked wall-flower beauty, as socially inclusive as a community mural.

Tal R
Birth of Figure


Pen and Chalk on Paper

36.5 x 72cm

In Birth of Figure, Tal R humorously depicts his process of artistic creation. Drawing tongue-in-cheek reference to Courbet’s L’Origine du Monde, Tal R’s earth mother is the opposite of sexual: simply a giant pair of cartoon-ish legs, she perversely spurts out one masterpiece after the next. Surrounded by the grotesque totems of her making, they dumbly stare in bleak confrontation. The chequered pattern of the bed suggests the conceptual stratagem of chess.

Tal R
Birth of Laughing Chinaman


Paper Collage, Pen on Paper

29.5 x 69cm

Tal R’s Birth of Laughing Chinaman is a pastiche of visual imagery; the construction of this piece is as incongruous as an out of time lip-sync. Tal R’s cartoon-ish drawing obeys no discernable logic. The room, in disjointed perspective, becomes a depository for random items of Tal R’s invention: 60’s furniture, a ship in a bottle, shrunken heads and voodoo sculptures. Revelling in absurdity, Tal R creates this image simply to will its existence. Collaged elements, such as the film projector and spider web, serve to further distort the sense of space, their applied shapes contribute to the jumbled disorder.

Tal R
Cream 13


Paper Collage, Pen and Chalk on Paper

31.5 x 94.5cm

Tal R merges the stylised primitivism of the avant-garde with his own contemporary lexicon of suburban culture. Inspired by the psychedelia of 60’s album covers, Tal R’s Cream 13 portrays all the accoutrements of rock and roll sin with a ham-fisted approximation of Picasso. Use of low art materials, such as biro pen and cut and paste, lends a degenerate feel to this high art reference, trapping the drawing between teenage doodle and masterpiece.

Tal R
Inside Out


Pen on Paper

21 x 29.5cm

Depicting an artist’s studio, Tal R’s Inside Out seizes on the clichéd perceptions of creative value. Clad in tie-dyed muumuu, surrounded by rows of dried flowers, and ugly muddy pots, Tal R portrays his sculptress as a new age bohemian. These ethics of communal harmony and individual expression are prized above all else in Tal R’s work. His art is made of everyday experience and materials, his contribution construed as generosity of vision.

Tal R
Psykologi Canit Dance


Pen on Paper

29.5 x 96cm

In this tribute to very large hairstyles, Tal R elaborates on the obsessive patterning which is predominant throughout his work. Psykologi Canit Dance shows Tal R at his most refined. Drawn entirely in ballpoint pen, his women are like flowers in window displays, gaining an unlikely fragile elegance, beautifully embossed into the smooth surface of the paper.

Tal R
Pyramid Player


Pen on Paper

38 x 29.5cm

Tal R skilfully transplants the innocence of childhood into the knowingness of the adult world; his work often culminates in a pubescent inanity, all too aware of its contradictions. In Pyramid Player, Tal R depicts a glam rock fantasy. Drawn in the style of story-book illustration, Tal R embraces the puerile occultism of teen pastime: an Elton John-like idol cum pagan deity, the fertile symbolic animals a juvenile excuse to draw penises. In his faux-ingenuousness, Tal R insinuates a complicated nostalgia, a longing for a time when malevolence was just play.

Tal R


Pen on Paper

21 x 29.5cm

Tal R’s drawings of teenage bedrooms are infused with awkward embarrassment; the secure dens of iniquity, of immature fantasy, and unfulfilled lust. Crammed with overwhelming information, Tal R delights in drawing the ephemera of adolescent identity crisis: Japanese lanterns, slickly ferns, tattered bongos and head-shop posters, the trade fare of rebellious fashion. Tal R captures this child/adult inbetweeness at its most vulnerable moment: pants down, Shamotte is both funny and cringe-worthy.

Tal R
Spiral Bar


Pen on Paper

23.5 x 32cm

Tal R uses vortex compositions repetitively in his work, as seen in paintings such as Melody and Fungusia. In his drawing Spiral Bar, Tal R pushes this design to the extreme. Like an alcoholic’s fantasy of the ultimate cocktail lounge Spiral Bar spins out of control in dizzying delight. Tal R’s drawing is a time consuming process: the web of lines has been ruled, and shading added to create the illusion of sculptural depth. Painstaking detail places Spiral Bar as an endeavour of addictive compulsion.

Tal R
The Boots


Paper Collage, Pen on Paper

29.5 x 59.5cm

Tal R sees his paintings as a form of storytelling. His drawings and paintings adopt a playful sophistication; in their faux innocence they present the everyday world infused with wonder. In The Boots, Tal R takes pleasure in rendering the clichéd clutter of an adolescent bedroom: cobra poster and druggie candles strive to stamp their identity over the mum and dad homeliness of potted plants and knickknacks. Tucked away in this nasty lair, Tal R’s figure takes particular pleasure in his outlandish footwear.

Tal R


Pen on Paper

43 x 36cm

Tal R’s drawings operate like highly rendered versions of the places his paintings might represent; half way between realism and its total corruption via the artist’s imagination. Favoured motifs reoccur in different form, and recognisable imagery transforms into clunky geometry. In Tranquebar Tal R draws a scene of gothic fairytale proportion; his mystical village with wandering goat bears striking resemblance to a Mediterranean cemetery. The fragmented ground, made of collaged patches of paper, underscores this shifting illusion.

Tal R's Biography

Tal R
Born in 1967, in Israel
Lives and works in Copenhagen


You laugh an ugly laugh, Kunsthalle Tübingen, Tübingen
Teenager Beach, CAC Malaga, Malaga, Spain
armes de chine, Victoria Miro Gallery, London
You laugh an ugly laugh, Kunsthalle zu Kiel, Kiel, Germany
Prints by Tal R, Holstebro Kunstmuseum, Holstebro, Denmark

Tal R, Instituto de Artes Gráficas de Oaxaca, Oaxaca, Mexico
Prince Fruit, Essl Museum, Klosterneuburg, Austria
Flovmand, Galerie Haas, Zürich, Switzerland
You laugh an ugly laugh, Giò Marconi, Milan, Italy
Adieu Interessant, Contemporary Fine Arts, Berlin
Tal R: Masters and Method, Niels Borch Jensen, Berlin
Tal R: The Sum, Camden Arts Centre, London
Tal R: The Sum, BonnefantenMuseum, Maastricht

Tal R: The Look, Tomio Koyama Gallery, Toyko
Working hard during the day naked at night, Pinacoteca do Estado de São Paulo, São Paulo
Tal R: The Sum, Louisiana Museum for Moderne Kunst, Denmark
Tal R, Kunsthalle Mannheim, Mannheim

Le peintre n’est pas là, Zach Feuer Gallery, New York
Minus, Victoria Miro Gallery, London
Fruits, Contemporary Fine Arts, Berlin
House of Prince, Gary Tatintsian Gallery, Moscow
Gold is Over, Galerie Sabine Knust, Münich

House of Prince, Contemporary Fine Arts, Berlin
House of Prince, Galerie Elisabeth und Klaus Thoman, Innsbruck, Austria
Pink Yellow Brown Black Green White Red, Galleri Nicolai Wallner, Copenhagen

Figur, Contemporary Fine Arts, Berlin
Last Drawing Before Mars, Zach Feuer Gallery (LFL), New York
House of Prince, Douglas Hyde Gallery, Dublin

New born, but same old phone number, Tal Esther Gallery, Tel Aviv
Arcade, Bawag Foundation, Vienna, Austria
Lords of Kolbojnik, Victoria Miro Gallery, London

Ike og Ancher, Horsens Kunstmuseum, Horsens, Denmark
Tal R Fruitland, Museum Abteiberg, Mönchengladbach

Lord Madras, Hostrup-Perdersen & Johansen, Copenhagen
Live at Club Sombi, Contemporary Fine Arts, Berlin

Dingleboer, Galerie Mikael Andersen, Copenhagen
El Castilio, Aarhus Kunstmuseum, Aarhus, Denmark
Für Immer, Gesellschaft für Aktuelle Kunst, Bremen (with Daniel Richter)
Viva Ultra, Holstebro Kunstmuseum, Holstebro, Denmark

Looket, Horsens Kunstmuseum, Horsens, Denmark
Grill 48, part of the exhibition Street Sharks in the city of Copenhagen
At the Foot of Mount Fuki, Contemporary Fine Arts, Berlin

Bicycle Thieves, Beret International Gallery, Chicago (with Annika Strøm)
Basement Buffet, DCA Gallery, New York

Everybody Please Go Home, Arts Center of Givat Haviva, Israel

Tur retur, Galleri Cambells Occasionally, Copenhagen

Sugar Paintings, Sugar Club, Copenhagen


BRANDNEU Ankäufe 2007 – 2008, Essl Museum, Klosterneuberg, Austria
ROOMING IN!, Patricia Low Contemporary, Gstaad, Switzerland

Schwarze Galle, roter Saft. Aspekte des Melancholischen in der Zeitgenössischen Kunst, b-05. Kunst- und
Kulturzentrum, Montabaur, Germany
Andersens Wohnung two, Andersen S Contemporary, Berlin
Penal Colony, Museum of Art Ein Harod, Ein Harod, Isreal
Abstrakt, Museum Moderner Kunst Kärnten, Kärnten, Austria
Danskjåvlar - a Swedish Declaration of Love, Kunsthal Charlottenborg, Copenhagen

xxs, Sommer Contemporary Art, Tel Aviv
Effiges, Stuart Shave Modern Art, London
Return to Form, Patricia Low Contemporary, Gstaad, Switzerland
Mad Love – Young Art from Danish Private Collections, ARKEN – Museum for Moderne Kunst, Ishoj, Denmark
Köln Skulptur 4, Cologne sculpture park, Germany
The Believers, MASS MoCA, Massachusetts

Mother (with Jonathan Meese), Bortolami-Dayan, New York
Naivism in Contemporary Art, Arken Museum, Ishoj, Denmark
Once Upon a Time in the West – Part One, Contemporary Fine Arts, Berlin
The Kingston Turnpike, Turnpike Gallery, Leigh and Stanley Picker Gallery, Kingston Upon Thames, UK
The Triumph of Painting IV, Saatchi Gallery, London

Fairy Tales are Forever, Aros Kunstmuseum, Aarhus
The Triumph of Painting II, Saatchi Gallery, London
Goetz meets Falckenberg, Sammlung Falckenberg, Hamburg
Mor (with Jonathan Meese), Statens Museum for Kunst, Copenhagen
Shadow Play, Kunsthallen Brandts Klaedefabrik, Odense
Schnitte/Cuts, Produzentengalerie, Hamburg
Imagination Becomes Reality – Part 1: Expanded Paint Tools, Sammlung Goetz, Münich
Baby Shower, Galleri Nicolai Wallner, Copenhagen

New Blood, Saatchi Gallery, London
Huts (curated by Tal R) The Douglas Hyde Gallery, Dublin, Ireland
Stay Positive, Marella Arte Contemporanea, Milan
Extended Painting, Victoria Miro Gallery, London
Leipzig in Hamburg – Das Neue Museum der bildenden Kunste in Leipzig, Produzentengalerie, Hamburg
Helmut Federle – A Nordic View and Kunst Stoff, Galerie nachst St. Stephan, Vienna

Go Johnny Go – The Electric Guitar, Art and Myth, Kunsthalle Wien, Austria
The Galleries Show, Royal Academy of Arts, London
Carnegie Art Award, Konstakademien, Stockholm
Ars Fennica, Henna and Pertti Niemistö Art Foundation, Helsinki
Stop for a moment – Painting as Presence, Wäino Aaltonen Museum Museum of Art, Turku, Finland and ARKEN –
Museum for Moderne Kunst, Ishoj, Denmark

Artists from Berlin, Los Angeles and New York, Victoria Miro Gallery, London
Works on paper from Acconci to Zittel, Victoria Miro Gallery, London
TAKE OFF 20:01, Aarhus Kunstmuseum, Aarhus, Denmark
Xanadu, Forumbox, Helsinki

Organising Freedom - Nordic Art of the 90's, Moderna Museet, Stockholm;
Charlottenborg, Copenhagen
Painterly, 11th Vilnius Painting Triennial, Contemporary Art Centre, Vilnius
Duchamps Suitcase, Arnolfini, Bristol
Fuori Uso 2000 / The Bridges, Associazione Culturale Arte Nova, Pescara, Italy

Cities on the Move, Louisiana Museum for Moderne Kunst, Humlebaek
Scorpio Rising, Contemporary Fine Arts, Berlin
Expansive og optimistike Øjeblikke, Rhisom, Aarhus, Denmark
Big Red, Galerie Mikael Andersen, Copenhagen
Gallery Swap - Contemporary Fine Arts at Sadie Coles HQ, Sadie Coles HQ, London
Carnegie Art Award - Nordic Painting, Konstakademien, Stockholm;
Sophienholm Copenhagen; Stenersenmuseet, Oslo; Konsthallen, Helsingfors; Listasafn Islands, Reykjavik
Proms IV, Kunsthallen Brandts Klaedefabrik, Odense, Denmark

The White Loop, Part of „Archipelago“, Kollaboration mit Fos & Kaspar Bonnén, Søhistorisk Museum, Stockholm
Momentum, Nordic Festival of Contemporary Art, Moss
Couples, Galerie Mikael Andersen, Copenhagen

90’ modernisme, Den Frie, Copenhagen
Frisk-o, Kørners Kontor, Copenhagen
Korn Maj Du Søde Milde, Galerie Mikael Andersen, Copenhagen
Louisiana udstillingen, Louisiana Museum for Moderne Kunst, Humlebaek, Denmark

Coming Up, Stalke Kunsthandel, Copenhagen
Smile Now, Cry Later, Turbinehallerne, Copenhagen
Update, Turbinehallerne, Kopenhagen
Charlottenborgs Efterarsudstilling, Det Nye Kvarter, collaboration with Fos & Kaspar Bonnén, Charlottenborg,

The Grand Las Vegas Opening, Las Vegas, Copenhagen
Maleri efter Maleri, Kastrupgardsamlingen, Copenhagen

Flag, Hollerups Kunsthandel, Copenhagen
Hvis det var dig der kom til et fremmed sted, Tombola, collabration with Fos & Kaspar Bonnén, Aarhus Festuge,
Aarhus, Denmark
Carnegie Art Award - Nordic Painting, Konstakademien, Stockholm; Sophienholm, Lyngby; Stenersenmuseet,
Oslo; Helsingin Taidehalli, Helsinki; Listasafn Islands, Reykjavik (Kat.)
Nordic Nomads, White Columns, New York
It all began in the seventies, Mishkan Le’Omanut - Museum of Art, Ein Harod, Israel