Lenz Geerk

Lenz Geerk was born in 1988 in Basel, Switzerland; He lives and works in Düsseldorf, Germany.


Lenz Geerk creates psychologically charged paintings that are removed from any specific time or place. With a style well-rooted in the history of art, Geerk showcases a unique technique that is recognisably his own. The characters in his paintings are plucked from his meandering dreams, and they are emphasised in such a way as to reveal the hidden emotions of the human psyche.


Geerk, in his paintings, uses postures and gestures to express a fragile moment, not derived from any specific model or photograph but instead expressed through the atmosphere and body language. His nearly monochromatic palettes, with occasional warming hues, enhance further the aura of emotional tension in his works.


The artist's focus on isolation sets his creatures apart from the ordinary and tired visual language of our time. Instead, he invites the viewer to experience moments of humour and tenderness through his imagination. Geerk does not protest, nor does he let go, but instead, he calls for intimacy, introversion, and pensiveness. In his paintings, Geerk captures the essence of our condition, exploring the depths of the psyche and the complexities of human emotion.

Biography

Solo exhibitions
Year
Country, Exhibition Name, Location
2025
UK, Forthcoming, MASSIMODECARLO, London
2024
USA, Forthcoming, Roberts Projects, Los Angeles
2022
IT, Moonpaintings, MASSIMODECARLO, Milano
CA, Arrival, Roberts Projects, Los angeles
2020
UK, Sleepless, Mamoth, London
USA, Wuthering Heights, Roberts Projects (Online exhibition), Los Angeles
2019
USA, Mixed Blessings, Roberts Projects, Los Angeles
2018
USA, The Table Portraits, Roberts Projects, Los Angeles
I, Pears & Pearls, Galleria Acappella, Napoli
CA, Wywh, The Cabin, Los Angeles
2017
MEX, Nudo, Galeria Mascota, Mexico City
F, Crying, Spitting, Sweating, Galerie Valentin, Paris
2016
NL, Lotion, Gerhard Hofland Gallery, Amsterdam
2015
CDN, The O, Mark Christopher Gallery, Toronto
D, Jäger, dst Galerie, Munster
D, Closer, Stadtische Galerie Stapflehus, Kunstverein Weil am Rhein
2014
D, Omen with Jurgen Malcherek, Anna Klinkhammer Galerie, Dusseldorf
2012
D, Teenage Angst, Anna Klinkhammer Galerie, Dusseldorf
2011
D, Fruhlings Erwachen, Anna Klinkhammer Galerie, Dusseldorf
Group exhibitions
Year
Country, Exhibition Name, Location
2023
I, ORIZZONTI Curated by Cloe Perrone, Daniele Fenaroli, Casa Masaccio | Centro per l'Arte Contemporanea, San Giovanni Valdarno
2022
F, In Bloom, MASSIMODECARLO Pièce Unique, Paris
F, The Drawing Centre Show, Le Consortium, Dijon
USA, Uncanny Interiors, Nicola Vassel Gallery, New York
CH, Highlights of the Collection, The Kunsthaus Zürich, Zürich
UK, My Reflection of You, The Perimeter, London
2021
UK, Breakfast Under the Tree Curated by Russell Tovey, Carl Freedman Gallery, Margate
F, Lenz Geerk, Rute Merk, Alexis Ralaivao, Hussenot Galerie, Paris
USA, Salon de Peinture, Almine Rech, New York
Go Figure!?, Spruth Magers OVR
D, Sleep, Haverkampf Galerie, Berlin
I, Portraiture One Century Apart, MASSIMODECARLO, Milano
BE, Poisonous Kiss. Lovely Venom, Tick Tack, Antwerp
PRC, New Now, Xiao Foundation, Rizhao
F, Portraiture One Century Apart, MASSIMODECARLO Pièce Unique, Paris
NL, Equal Affections, GRIMM, Amsterdam
I, Life in Flowers, Luce Gallery, Torino
2020
USA, Good Pictures, Jeffrey Deitch Gallery, New York
USA, Synchronicity, Roberts Projects, Los Angeles
CA, The Edge of Blue, Gallery Platform Los Angeles, Los Angeles
CA, Wuthering Heights, Roberts Projects, Los Angeles
USA, Wish You Were Here, Roberts Projects, Los Angeles
2019
UK, Role Play, Maximillian William, London
CA, Behind Face, Roberts Projects, Los Angeles
2018
UK, 01 Curated by Danny Lamb, PM/AM Gallery, London
D, Unfollow Me, Nir Altman Galerie, Munich
D, PabloPabloPablo, Cabinet Printemps, Dusseldorf
2017
UK, 75 Works on Paper, Beers, London
2016
USA, Closer, Thierry Goldberg Gallery, New York
D, Es Gibt Hummer, Anna Klinkhammer Galerie, Dusseldorf
2015
D, One of Us Cannot Be Wrong, Anna Klinkhammer Galerie, Dusseldorf
CZ, Grenznah, Galerie Skolskà 28, Prague

Bibliography

Year
Author, Publication Title, Date
2022
Widewalls, June
Elephant, June
Dozier, Ayanna, Artsy, July
Albertini, Rosanna, Albertini the Kite, August
2021
Helou Hernandez, Samanta, Hyperallergic, July
Rea, Naomi, Artnet News, June
Villa, Angelica, ARTnews, May
Villa, Angelica, Artnews, April
Lesser, Casey, Artsy, April
2020
Adam, Georgina, Financial Times, June
McHugh, Camila, Mousse Magazine, May
2019
Miranda, Carolina, L.A. Times
Berardini, Andrew, Artforum, September
Osberg, Annabel, Artillery, September
Wood, Eve, Riot Material, September
Albertini, Rosanna, Albertini 2014 the Kite, January
2018
Wood, Eve, Artillery, November
Horst, Aaron, Contemporary Art Review, September

Public collections

Country
Location
China
HEM Museum, Shunde
X Museum, Shanghai
XIAO Museum, Shandong
France
Fondation Louis Vuitton, Paris
Israel
Tel Aviv Museum of Art, Tel Aviv
Italy
Fondazione Sandretto Re Rebaudengo, Turin
Japan
Comico Art Museum, Oita
Norway
Kistefos Museum, Oslo
Puerto Rico
Up Next Art, Vega Baja
United Arab Emirates
The Arts Club Dubai, ICD Brookfield Place, DIFC, Dubai
United States of America
Institute of Contemporary Art, Miami, FL
The Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, MA
switzerland
The Kunsthaus Zürich, Zürich

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