Jesper Liengaard (DK)

[…] Jesper Liengaard is captivated by human beings and objects in the open room. He is a keen observer of ’reality’ and he uses the painting as a mirror of what he sees. The human being is the main character, the objects trendsetting props, which the human beings interacts with and the room they find themself in is big, merciless and open – just like what we experience in the nature by the ocean where the sky is very visible. The style is cartoonlike: the figures appear with a caricatured and grotesque realism. The objects are often iconic and registered in a more sober, almost nerdy, shape. The backgrounds are slightly freaky, abstract surfaces often with an unmistakable sky-like character.

[…] These human beings are being alienated by the outer nature while they also are abandoned by their own unconscious inner nature. They exemplify what we call ’a split of body and mind’, where the human being has lost all contact to its’ nature represented by the body and therefor tries to overcome its’ alienation through use of the head – understood as the will. Willpower can bring you far in life but it does not prevent the baneful impotence that is a result of the overlooked body’s unruly existence in the shadow of the conscious. Liengaard explores the adult human being’s underdeveloped, childlike and incompetent sides. In a humorous and loving way Jesper Liengaard’s figures confronts us with the sides we as human beings are not so happy to face: our helplessness, the self-contempt and the impotence – everything we normally try to ignore – the ’shadow’ that we don’t like to admit we have.

The paintings create compassion and opens up for laughter and (self) forgiveness – they also show how we are being affected of the things and the environments we are located in and how we prepare ourselves to receive way to hard criticism when we over and over again, against our own free will, find ourselves in hopeless and comic situations. Jesper Liengaard consistently reveals himself as the director – the one who pulls the strings and make things happen on the canvas: E.g. with the help of the contrasts between the abstract and the figurative. We understand that the artist has the power and that he is not almighty – because by drops and running colours Jesper Liengaard manages to underline the paintings illusion and its’ playful quality which makes us curious and open to self-recognition and self-awareness in something that in many places is associated with embarrassment and taboo.

Trine Rytter Andersen

EDUCATION

2003
Creative boss and senior art director at various commercial- and design agencies

2002
Educated art director

1998
Educated graphic designer

SELECTED EXHIBITIONS

2017
GALLERI V58, Aarhus, Denmark
GALLERI V58 pop up, Skagen, Denmark

2016
GALLERI V58, Aarhus, Denmark

2016
Kunst for alle (Art for everyone), Copenhagen
Galleri A, Solo exhibition, Loenstrup
Galleri Dencker + Schneider, Berlin

2014
Kunst for alle (Art for everyone), Aarhus
Hjoerring easter exhibition
Galleri Sonne, Solo exhibition

2013
Galleri Nakkehage, Solo exhibition
Kunst for alle (Art for everyone), Aarhus
Årets kunstner (Artist of the year), Aarhus City Hall
Kunst for alle (Art for everyone), Copenhagen

2012
Kunst for alle (Art for everyone), Copenhagen

2010
Galleri Esplanaden, Solo exhibition
Illums Bolighus, Solo exhibition, Copenhagen

2009
Archauz, Solo exhibition, Aarhus

BIBLIOGRAPHY

2014
Kunstbogen 101 kunstnere (The Art Book 101 artists)

Born 1977

‘Starting All Over’, akryl på lærred, 70 x 70, d.kr. SOLGT

‘Over and over’, mixed medie på lærred, 80 x 60 – 80 x 60, 2017, d.kr. 17.000,-

‘Signal’, mixed medie på lærred, 100 x 100, 2018, SOLGT

‘Growing’, mixed medie på lærred, 80 x 80, 2018, SOLGT

‘Just Do it’, mixed medie på lærred, 80 x 60 / 60 x 60, 2018, SOLGT

‘We’ll See’, mixed medie på lærred, 100 x 100, 2018, SOLGT

‘Limbo’, mixed medie på lærred, 100 x 100, 2017, SOLGT

‘Rocket’, mixed medie på lærred, 100 x 100, 2017, SOLGT

’The Chimney’, mixed medie på lærred- blyant, akryl, fotoprint og lak, 80 x 60, indrammet, 2016, SOLGT

‘In progress’, mixed media, 70 x 70, SOLGT

’Together at last’, mixed medie på lærred- blyant, akryl, fotoprint og lak, 70 x 70, 2016, d.kr. 11.000,-

‘Light my fire’, akryl på lærred, 80 x 60, d.kr. 11.000,-

‘Swimmingpool’, mixed medie på lærred, 100 x 100, 2017, d.kr. 18.000,-

’Until we match’, mixed medie på lærred- blyant, akryl, fotoprint og lak, 70 x 70, 2016, d.kr. 11.000,-

‘Liberation’, mixed media, 100 x 100, d.kr. 18.000,-

‘Good Intensions’, akryl på lærred, 70 x 70, 2016, SOLGT

‘Far above the world’, akryl på lærred, 70 x 70, SOLGT

‘Out of Sight’, akryl på lærred, 70 x 70, SOLGT

‘Connecting to Reality’, akryl på lærred, 80 x 80 og 80 x 60, SOLGT

‘Ready to meet the world’, akryl på lærred, 3 x 60 x 80, SOLGT

‘Tight Leash’, 80 x 60 og 80 x 80, SOLGT