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6588 - 20170402 - Down To Art Gallery - Gent - André Lundquist - 19.02.2017-02.04.2017


Portrait of the painter André Lundquist
by Lisbeth Rindholt, journalist
The idea of the “naked human being” is at focus in the painter André Lundquist’s (born 1972) artistic work. Having thrown away that ‘mask’ that everybody puts on now and then to behave in a certain way the human being is “naked” in its pure, not restricted spirit without being tied to time or space.
The development towards the “naked human being” already started when André Lundquist as a young man began to paint. He received training by the woman painter, Therese Dragshøj, in the end of the 1980s and had his first official exhibition in 1996. Exiting meetings with other artists and travels abroad have contributed to André Lundquist’s continued interest in the human being and its spiritual life.
The human figure has always been central in his artistic work. Through the years, however, the human figures have had various expressions. From cubistic slim figures to more full-bodied figures which were bodily and spiritually related. Today André Lundquist prefers the female body as primary subject in his paintings.

Transparency of the Figure
The female figures in the paintings are standing up, sitting in comfortable chairs, or lounged on the floor or in sofas. They are beautiful and sensual. Often with ebony black hair, porcelain white skin, and blushing cheeks. But they are not only a body. They are presented in “nakedness”, a spiritual state in which they are present here and now.
“The nakedness” is among other things expressed by the clear transparency of the body. Underneath the porous skin or in the pattern of the dress one senses the outlines of other figures, shapes and colours. These underlying subjects convey the spectator’s thoughts to dreams, memories, or existential reflections.
By his choice of subjects André Lundquist is obviously inspired by the painters of the central European modernism as for example Egon Schiele, Gustav Klimt, Emil Nolde, Vincent van Gogh, and Edvard Munch. But the use of materials, perspectives, positions, and compositions of post-modernism has set a mark on his paintings as well.

Energy of Colours
André Lundquist’s paintings are created at Vesterbro in Copenhagen and in his studio in the village of Boaryd in Sweden. The surroundings in the big city and in the countryside inspire him just as much as the modernistic and post-modernistic inheritance. He likes people in the streets of the city as well as the atmosphere of the studio in the old parish hall with the Swedish wilderness outside the windows
André Lundquist works with the dynamic and contrast between earthen colours and clear strong colours. Thus he creates the special energy and nerve that underline the beauty and spirituality of the figure. In this way André Lundquist is able to show us a glimpse of the human soul underneath the beautiful, but mortal body.
André Lundquist’s paintings are among other places represented at Gallery V58 in Århus and at Gallery Knud Grothe in Charlottenlund (Copenhagen).

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