2. Florian Krewer | night fire

30,000–35,000 USD


Florian Krewer
night fire
Oil on linen
38 by 24 in. (96.5 by 60.9 cm)
Framed: 38 7/8 by 24 7/8 by 2 1/2 in. (98.75 by 63.17 by 6.35 cm)

Courtesy of the artist and Michael Werner Gallery, New York and London

Florian Krewer’s paintings are inhabited by a nocturnal cast, who loiter alone, in pairs or in groups. Mainly men, their youth implied by their clothes and stances, they lounge laconically in interiors, but come to life on city streets, where, in works such as Everybody Rise (2019), they dance, pose, get high and get off. There is an undercurrent of menace to this band of edgy flâneurs, whose anonymity is protected by the mask-like rendering of their faces. Sometimes, as in Give and Take (2020), they are joined by more literal nocturnal creatures — owls, felines and other indeterminate, hybrid beasts. This prowling array exudes a certain rebellious elegance, enjoying a life without constraints, an enviable freedom tinged with a loss of innocence. Working with oil, on a large scale, Krewer’s paintings originate in photographs — both found images and ones he has taken himself. Now based in New York, the artist was born in Germany, where he apprenticed as a house painter before studying architecture. He enrolled at the Kunstakademie Düsseldorf to study under Peter Doig, whose influence is apparent in Krewer’s dreamlike approach to figuration. Rooted in personal experience, Krewer’s narratives draw us in while their meaning remains entirely ambiguous. Born in 1986, Krewer has had several solo and joint exhibitions at Michael Werner Gallery, New York and London; TRAMPS, New York; and Tom, Dick or Harry, Düsseldorf, Germany.

For inquiries, please email us at eneckes@aspenartmuseum.org .