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Alexander Gorlizki’s immersion in the world of Indian Miniature paintings over the past 15 years has yielded an eclectic body of work, often with startling results. Fascinated by the forms, sensibility and techniques of Mughal miniatures, Gorlizki has sought to incorporate his own visual language into the 600-year-old tradition with a subversive reverence.

In 1994 he established a studio in Jaipur’s old city with Riyaz Uddin, a master miniaturist painter. Having spent over a decade copying traditional miniature paintings for the local tourist market, Uddin had developed a mastery of the technique, rendering infinitesimal details with absolute precision.

Gorlizki conceptualizes and draws out the iconography, patterns, compositions and colour schemes onto antique or distressed papers and photographs. Uddin then applies jewel-coloured pigments and gold leaf with a single-hair-tipped brush to create works of breathtaking intricacy. Working side by side in the studio or shipping images back and forth between New York and Jaipur, the paintings evolve layer by layer, often over a period of years.

In that time the studio has developed into an atelier in which up to nine artists with different areas of expertise work on the paintings, often passing the work from hand to hand. Gorlizki believes that working in collaboration leads to a rich dialogue yielding unexpected results, while at the same time exposing the participants to a wealth of specialized skills and knowledge. The trans-global collaboration represents a cross-fertilization that is as valuable as the finished work of art. […]

Gorlizki draws on a diverse variety of sources. Elements from Victorian plumbing manuals are juxtaposed with ornithological studies and transposed onto film stills of Hollywood stars. Patterns from English knitting catalogues combine with Tantric cosmology. Austere minimalist forms are overlaid with rampant patterning on 150-year-old paper. Camels float in space and topiary sheep nibble topiary crucifixes.

The works can be sensually compelling and simultaneously awkward and unnerving. Whilst some paintings are embedded with irony and humour, others vacillate between the mythical and banal, the mysterious and the everyday. The results are idiosyncratic gems that shine and glow.

Joost van den Bergh

Vita

1967 born in London / UK
1994MFA in Sculpture, Slade School, London / UK
1992B.A. Hons Fine Art, Bristol Polytechnic / UK
1991Foundation Course in Art and Design, Bristol Polytechnic / UK

Currently lives and works in New York / USA.

SOLO EXHIBITIONS

2018 Together, Forever, For Now , Berggruen Gallery, San Francisco / USA
2017Pink City Studio Beyond Malabar Gallery, Kochi / IN
2016Subtle Bodies, Saucy Lines, Galerie Martin Kudlek, Cologne / D
2015-2016Variable Dimensions, Crow Collection, Dallas / USA
2015Special Presentation, Van Doren Waxter, New York / USA
2014We Are One, Galerie Eric Mouchet, Paris / F
What Gives?, Baldwin Gallery, Aspen/ USA
2013Are We There Yet?, Galerie Martin Kudlek, Cologne / D
For Immediate Release, Van Doren Waxter, New York / USA
2012We Like It Here, We’re Not Moving, Jhaveri Contemporary, Mumbai / IN
2011Terms and Conditions Apply, Kudlek van der Grinten Galerie, Cologne/ D
2010The First Time I Heard You Blink, Greenberg Van Doren Gallery, New York / USA
Pre-existing conditions, John Berggruen Gallery, San Francisco / USA
2009Appointments & Disappointments, Kudlek van der Grinten Galerie, Cologne/ D
Soft Succulent Sublime, Daniel Weinberg Gallery, Los Angeles / USA
2008Lunchmeat on my Pantsuit, Gallery Joe, Philadelphia / USA
What grows here?, Joost van den Bergh Gallery, London / UK
Gallery Joe, Philadelphia / USA
Alexander Gorlizki & Indian Spells, Ingleby Gallery, Edinburgh / UK
Strange you can believe in, Daniel Weinberg Gallery, Los Angeles / USA
2007Works on Paper, Kudlek van der Grinten Galerie, Cologne / D
2006Pipedreams, collaboration with Riyaz Uddin, Joost van Bergh Gallery, London / UK
2004Plastic Mystic, Huddersfield City Art Gallery / UK
Genuine Fake, Martin Kudlek Gallery, Cologne / D
Out of This World, collaboration with Riyaz Uddin, Ben Jannsen Gallery, London / UK
2003Classroom, PS122 Project Space, New York / USA
Breathless, in Collaboration with Riyaz Uddin. Ben Jannsen Gallery, London / UK
North Sea Circle – Viewer’s Cut, in collaboration with Richard Coldman, Globe Gallery, North Shields / UK
2000Introspektive, Martin Kudlek Gallery, Cologne / D
Import/ Export, Vilma Gold Gallery, London / UK
1999Seven (Unknown) Famous Belgians, De Chiara/ Stewart Gallery, New York/ USA
1997Alexander Gorlizki Collection, RAU, London / UK
199524 Crucifix Lane, Bermondsey, London / UK

GROUP EXHIBITIONS

2018“living a dream … “, alexander gorlizki / magic markings / gugging artists, Galerie Gugging, Maria Gugging / AU
2017Washington 186, Aeroplastics Brussels / B
Thinking Tantra, curated by Rebecca Heald, Peninsula Arts, Plymouth / USA
Zeichnung 17, Michael Sturm Gallery, Stuttgart / D
Drawing Biennial 2017, The Drawing Room, London / UK
2016LIMINAL LYRICS, curated by Hedwig Brouckaert, KUNSTRAUM Gallery, Brooklyn, NY / USA
Thinking Tantra, The Drawing Room, London / UK
Traversing Traditions/India, curated by Kathryn Myers, Charter Oak Cultural Center, Hartford, CT / USA
Le Contemporaine Dessiné, Musée des Artes Décoratifs, Paris / F
2015Hoogtepunten uit de collectie, Museum de Buitenplaats, Eelde / NL
201340 Years At The Daniel Weinberg Gallery, Ambach and Rice, Los Angeles / USA
Considering Collage, Jhaveri Contemporary, Mumbai / IN
Approaching Infinity: The Richard Green Collection of Meticulous Abstraction, Crocker Art Museum, Sacramento / USA
2012Bear Necessities, John Berggruen Gallery, San Francisco / USA
Embellised Reality: Indian Painted Photographs, Royal Ontario Museum / CAN
Walking the Line IV, Galerie Martin Kudlek, Cologne / D
2011Espaces de destins – espèces de dessins, Le Dix-neuf, CRAC Montbéliard / F
Walking the Line III, Kudlek van der Grinten, Cologne / D
Watching Me Watching You, Denver ARt Museum, Denver / USA
The Art of Giving, John Berggruen Gallery, San Francisco / USA
2010Walking the line II, Kudlek van der Grinten Galerie, Cologne / D
Bestiary, The Wassaic Project, Wassaic, NY, curated by Sally Morgan Lehman, Liz Parks, Sally Zunino, New York / USA
2009Drawing, Valerie McKenzie Fine Art, New York / USA
On Paper, Galerie Karsten Greve, Paris / F
Another Damned Drawing Show, Daniel Weinberg Gallery, Los Angeles / USA
2008Conversations, Kettles Yard, Cambrige / UK
Newfangled Licks, Geoffrey Young Gallery, Great Barrington / USA
Wir für Euch, Kudlek van der Grinten Galerie, Cologne / D
Walking the line, Kudlek van der Grinten Galerie, Cologne / D
It‘s Gouache and Gouache only, Jeff Bailey Gallery, New York / USA
2007Timothy Taylor Gallery, London / UK
2006The next Doing, Geoffrey Young Gallery, New Barrington / USA
Table Top, Josee Bienvenu Gallery, New York / USA
Fine Line, Adam Baumgold Gallery, New York / USA
2005Drawings, Martin Kudlek Gallery, Cologne / D
2004Project Artists, PS122 Studios, New York / USA
2001Drawings, Curated by Shirley Morales, De Chiara Gallery, New York / USA
The Globe, Kunstlerhaus Palais Thurn und Taxis, Bregenz / A
DarkLight, Martin Kudlek Gallery, Cologne / D
2000Where Have All The People Gone?, De Chiara/ Stewart Gallery, New York / USA
Drawings, Martin Kudlek Gallery, Cologne / D
1999RWA Sculpture Triennial, Royal West of England Academy, Bristol / UK
Father Apollinaris Said, Curated by Adrian George. Vilma Gold Gallery, London / UK
1998Absolut Cobblers, The Concourse Gallery, Barbican Centre, London / UK

CURATED EXHIBITIONS

2002Restless Spirits, Martin Kudlek Gallery, Cologne / D
2001DarkLight, Martin Kudlek Gallery, Cologne / D

BIBLIOGRAPHY

2011Crow, Kelly, “At Armory, Fast Food, 3-D and Some New Big Guns,” The Wall Street Journal, Saturday / Sunday March 5-6, C14. (illus.)
Leigh, Bobbie, “Big Deals and Big Win at the Armory,” www.luxist.com, March 5 (illus.).
2010The Millbrook Independent, “Wassaic Project’s Bestiary,” Wednesday, June 30.
Smith, Roberta, “Alexander Gorlizki: The First Time I Heard You Blink,” The New York Times, April 29.
Baker, Kenneth, “Alexander Gorlizki echoes India at Berggruen,” San Francisco Chronicle, August 7.
2009LA Times, “Revisiting the art of the minitature,” Friday, November 13, 2009.
Kunstforum, March.
2008Smith, Roberta, “Fair Goes From Feast to Tasting Menu,” The New York Times, March 15.
2007Eden, Laura, “Alexander Gorlizki,” Elle Décor, December.
Herbert, Martin, “Paper Baglady and Other Stories,” Time Out, London, July.
2000“Kunst des Absurden,” Kölner Stadt-Anzeiger, November 26.
Mattes, Steffan, Megacult.net.
Artist Newsletter, May, p.10.
Millennium Monument Magazine, September.
1996Smith, Roberta, “Thaw,” New York Times, September 13, p. C 30.
Hornor, Dave, “At Art in General, ‘Thaw’ Follows in Footsteps of ‘Frieze.’” The Tribeca Tribune, Nov. 2, p.28.
McClure, Lisa, Review Magazine, September 15, p. 28.

PUBLICATIONS

Vanishing Point, 2009.
What Grows Here?, exhibition catalogue, 2008.
Bart, Roland, The Globe Catalogue, 2007.
EG 2006 Conference Catalogue, 2006.
I Love You If You Love Me, Ed: 175, 2000.
The European Design Annual, 2000.
Seven (Unknown) Famous Belgians, in collaboration with Nick Eagleton, 1999.
Books by Artists, Ed. Sarah Bodman UWE, 1999.
RWA Sculpture Triennial Catalogue, 1999.
Fixture, exhibition catalogue, essay by Nick Eagleton, 1999.
Thaw, exhibition catalogue, essay by Laurie De Chiara, 1999.
Yori, Ed : 100, 1996.
And Other Drawings, Ed : 100, 1995.

SELECTED COLLECTIONS

Aspen Art Museum, Aspen, USA // Museum Kunst Palast, Düsseldorf, D // Royal Ontario Museum, Toronto, CA // Victoria & Albert Museum, London, GB // Denver Art Museum, Denver, USA // Collection Antoine de Galbert, Paris, F // Artothèque Limousin, Limoges, F // Museum de Buitenplaats, Eelde NL

AWARDS AND RESIDENCIES

2003/2004PS122 Studio Residency, New York
2003The Classroom. PS122 New York
Duveen Travel Award for research in Pakistan, China & Tibet
Research funding for publication from U.W.E. Bristol
European Design Annual 5, 2000 – Certificate of Excellence

Alexander Gorlizki
Happening at the Hamam (AG/P 290), 2018, Pigment on Paper, 28.8 x 24 cm

Alexander Gorlizki
TRUE LOVE (AG/P 289), 2016, Pigment on Paper, 34.3 x 32.4 cm

Alexander Gorlizki
WE'RE DONE (AG/P 293), 2018, Pigment on Paper, 29.5 x 22.7cm

Alexander Gorlizki
WAY BACK WHEN (AG/P 291), 2018, Pigment on Paper, 27.1 cm x 32 cm

Alexander Gorlizki
The Conduktor (AG/P 292), 2018, Pigment on Paper, 28.7 x 24 cm

Alexander Gorlizki
All My Earthly Possessions Topiary (AG/P 294), 2018, Pigment on Paper, 26.8 x 20.5 cm

Alexander Gorlizki
The Audition (5829) (AG/P 255), 2015, Pigment and Gold on Paper, 37 x 41,8 cm

Alexander Gorlizki
My World or Yours? (5132) AG/P 202, 2013, Pigment and Gold on Paper, 45,5 x 59,5 cm

Alexander Gorlizki
Barbara (AG/P 213), 2015, Pigment and Gold on Bookprint, 29,21 x 21,84 cm

Alexander Gorlizki
Installation View - Alexander Gorlizki | Are We There Yet? Sep - Nov 2013

Alexander Gorlizki
Installation View - Alexander Gorlizki | Are We There Yet? Sep - Nov 2013