Sune Christiansen (b. 1976) has developed a signature approach to figurative abstraction that is as ambiguous and suggestive as it is playful and inviting. Christiansen draws upon his extensive experience working with digital drawing tools to hone the palettes and compositions of new works, preferring to begin each painting through a process of iPad-based sketching and refinement. Once an arrangement of forms has been loosely identified, Christiansen begins responding to these preliminary drawings on the surface of the canvas, focusing much more on materiality and visual sensation than any attempt to faithfully reproduce the original sketch. Embracing the accidental, Christiansen works to create paintings that are both visually arresting, but also ultimately unpretentious in their basic ambition to achieve a form of expression that contains a certain undeniable truthfulness.
Ideas of the figure often assume central importance in Christiansen’s works. Whilst the artist maintains that he wants to avoid any clear explanation of how he intends for his figures to be read, the body language of Christiansen’s characters often evokes such broad themes as hierarchical power dynamics, hieroglyphs and other pictorial language structures, religious devotional practices and the symbolism of intimacy and sexuality.
Working mainly with oil stick, pastel, acrylics and industrial enamel paints, the artist deftly modulates texture, density and speed as he plots figures and objects in a manner that shows a clear dialogue between his own work and the likes of Kathrine Bradford, Eddie Martinez, Tal R and Sebastian Helling.
Whilst the execution of Christiansen’s work is so natural as to feel unmeditated, the reality is that the artist’s images are carefully composed and grounded in a strong interest in pictorial traditions and art history. On the other hand, Christiansen makes no pretence towards over-sophistication and favours a brightly vibrant and instantly recognisable palette of primary reds, golden yellows and emotionally-charged blues, as if to emphasise this point.
Enjoyment and an encouragement towards participation are at the heart of Christiansen’s practice along with a fundamental gratitude for life and the serendipity that brings any artist and viewer together through the medium of painting. Christiansen is interested to lure the viewer’s eyes into his paintings, but also insists upon allowing them to form their own interpretations of his works once they are present.
Sune Christiansen (b. 1976) is a self-taught artist living and working in Copenhagen. Previous exhibitions include: "INTO THE LANDSCAPE" at Pt.2 Gallery (Oakland US, 2022), TWENTYFOUR III” at Bricks Gallery (Copenhagen DK, 2021), New Paintings at Alzueta Gallery (Madrid ES, 2021), "SOLO" at Bricks Gallery (Copenhagen DK, 2021), TWENTYFOUR II” at Bricks Gallery (Copenhagen DK, 2020)
Sune ChristiansenUntitled, 2022Oil, soft pastel, charcoal, air brush and acrylics on canvas, oak frame63 x 53 cm
Sune ChristiansenUntitled, 2022Oil and soft pastel on paper, box frame with UltraVue glassFramed: 86 x 61,5 cm (77 x 52,5 cm)
Sune ChristiansenUntitled, 2022Oil and soft pastel on paper, box frame with UltraVue glassFramed: 50 x 35 cm (42 x 27 cm)
Art HerningJan 27 - 29, 2023
Bienvenue Art Fair ParisOct 20 - 23, 2022
Sune ChristiansenWeight of the load Sep 23 - Oct 22, 2022
Enter Art FairAug 25 - 28, 2022Bricks Gallery is pleased to participate in the 2022 edition of Enter Art Fair with new works from the following artists:
Mathias Malling Mortensen
Enter Art Fair 2022
Oceanvej 1, 2150 Nordhavn
Thursday 25.08 : Preview
Friday 26.08 : 12–8 PM
Saturday 27.08 : 11-7 PM
Sunday 28.08 : 11-6 PM
Easter BashGroup show Apr 13 - 21, 2022
TWENTYFOUR III - What Is Figurative?Group show Nov 25 - Dec 23, 2021
Sune ChristiansenSOLO Aug 20 - Sep 11, 2021
TWENTYFOUR IIGroup show Dec 1 - 23, 2020