Anatomy of the Mind, Opera Gallery
June 4 - June 27
Anatomy of the Mind is an exhibition of work by Swiss contemporary artist Andy Denzler to be held at the Opera Gallery, London this June.
The exhibition will include 20 works the Zurich-based artist has produced during lockdown. The title refers to the human ability to travel via our minds, even when this is denied us physically. The series of paintings fuses a dystopian landscape and still figures.
“I have painted these new works during lockdown at a time when travelling was not possible,” explains Denzler. “I started to paint these places of longing; it is a form of escapism and a desire to create invented places. Rather than just telling stories or documenting a certain situation, my paintings depict people in a new light. The invented landscapes are the results of multiple layers of different images. The possibilities are endless.”
Both interior scenes and portraits remind the viewer of the Flemish and Italian art of the 17th century. The timelessness of the paintings provides a sublime dimension to the work.
Denzler’s technique allows him to merge the abstract and figurative. Portraits emerge from large areas of landscape, the everyday is combined with images created from the artist’s imagination. The paintings’ layered texture confuses our vision of reality.
About Andy Denzler
Andy Denzler was born in 1965 in Zurich, where he still lives. He studied Fine Arts at the Kunstgewerbeschule and at the F&F Schule für Gestaltung in Zurich, at the University of California in Los Angeles, and at the Art Center College of Design in Pasadena. In 2016, he received a Master of Fine Arts degree at the Chelsea College of Art and Design in London. His artwork has been extensively exhibited across the UK, Europe, the US and Asia.
When is Anatomy of the Mind?
4 to 27 June, 2021.
Where is Anatomy of the Mind?
Opera Gallery, 134 New Bond Street, London, W1S 2TF. Monday to Saturday: 10am to 7pm; Sunday: 12pm to 5pm.
About the Opera Gallery
Founded in 1994 by Gilles Dyan, the Opera Gallery features arwork by some of the most significant artists of the past two centuries, as well as work by emerging global artists from all over the world. The Opera Gallery has 12 spaces including at New York, Paris, Geneva, Hong Kong and Singapore, as well as London. In addition to its permanent works, the Opera Gallery holds at least four shows and exhibitions each year.
Cover image: Winston in Venice Beach, 2021.
Mark Bibby Jackson
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