M A R T I N P A A S K E S E N
Born 1987 in Aarhus, Denmark.
Lives and works in Copenhagen, Denmark.
Biography & Statement
Martin Paaskesen (*1987) is the son of a nurse and an engineer. Moved to Copenhagen in 2009 to become an actor, was admitted to a highly recognized acting school (The Danish National School of Performing Arts) , but discovered painting during his education and it took over. Today Martin is working with several galleries.
In his practice Martin is exploring the expressionistic and narrative painting. His approach is very intuitive and impulsive and originates from an urge to explore an imagery that balances between figuration and abstraction. The figuration is always present in his works but the abstraction (shapes, lines, surfaces) is just as important. Everything is connected and overlaps. Martin's process is very physical and tactile. He is present in the painting litteraly. This presence might have originigated due to his background as an actor where he used his body as a tool of expression.
Thematically, the artist works with the chaotic, destabilizing and incoherent, though in a clearly intentional ambiguity. He finds great inspiration in the imperfect - which often results in random occurrences that are very importantto embrace. At the same time, many of his paintings are painted directly on the raw, ungrounded canvas and if "mistakes" are made this cannot be changed again. It is a kind of subconscious dogma that he aspirse to and forces him to consideration.
23 February 2023- 18 March 2023
Mike Okay & Martin Paaskesen
21 October 2021 - 20 November 2021
Slow dancing with fast feet
17 Sept 2020 - 17 Oct 2020
31 Jan 2019 - 02 Mar 2019
ROTTERDAM ART WEEK 2023
9-12 February 2023
BAD + 2022
7-10 July 2022
LUXEMBOURG ART WEEK 2022
10-13 November 2022
DIJON ART FAIR 2021
8-10 October 2021
LUXEMBOURG ART WEEK 2019
11-14 November 2021
A Danish Art Foundation fellow, Paaskesen imbues his paintings with freedom and immediacy. Playing mostly on raw canvases, Paaskesen forged in just a few years a singular practice, blurring the lines between figuration and abstraction.
The series Seagulls and the Sea, created exclusively for The Curators, is a milestone in Paaskesen's research and certainly one of his most personal project.
Drawing inspiration from his childhood memories of Jutland, the artist revisits symbols of his identity with a radical and yet playful writing.
Emerged from a vast negative space, the brush strokes are bold, energetic. The figures and shapes strike by their raw musicality. And while using a "naive" vocabulary, Paaskesen creates an upbeat and subtle narrative.
Martin Paaskesen is represented by Valerius Gallery in Luxembourg , Luxembourg. Martin Paaskesen's most recent exhibition is Tissues
by The Curator