Kristian Touborg

Danish artist Kristian Touborg has epitomized a new kind of subjectivity in painting, pairing intimacy and playfulness with art historical references and new technologies. His works are anchored in the dreamy and seductive authenticity that only materials processed by the human hand can hold. Expanding on meditations on modern image ecology, Touborg has constructed a range of two- and three-dimensional works, which defy categorisation of a specific medium, by applying a mixture of painterly gestures led by spontaneous brushstrokes of vivid oil paint in combination with the use of industrially treated materials and digitally printed surfaces. Collage techniques are then used to construct the textural fragments on the canvasses.

 

In demonstrating a profound interest in new media and technology, Touborg creates imagined archaeological items from a near-future society. In his practice, he takes a firm stand for the analogue in a world which is overly saturated with digital imagery. Hovering between subtle, often abstract references to the figure and detailed portrayal, the paintings give voice to a personal narrative where private components and dreamlike sensations coalesce.

 

Kristian Touborg (b.1987 in Roskilde, Denmark) holds an MA from the Royal Danish Academy of Fine Arts, and he is the recipient of the Danish Arts Foundation working grant, 2017. His work has recently been exhibited at Art Antwerp, Newchild Gallery, Antwerp; Fluttering The Void, Berlinskej Model, Prague (2022, solo); Trust In Mortals, Brigade Gallery, Copenhagen (2022); Light Blue Noise, Lundgren Gallery, Palma de Mallorca (2022, solo); KIAF Seoul, Caravalho Park, Seoul (2022); Peripheries, Newchild Gallery, Antwerp (2022); Bright Beneath, Eduardo Secci Novo Projects, Milan (2021, solo); and Fabrik, Metal, Factory –  Heart Collection, Herning Art Museum (2021). The artist presented his first institutional solo exhibition in 2022 at Kunsthal Kongegaarden. His work is included in the permanent collections of HEART Herning Museum of Contemporary Art, Randers Kunstmuseum; The Blake Byrne Collection and Statens Kunstfond. He lives and works in Copenhagen.

 

SELECTED SOLO EXHIBITIONS

2023 / Dandelion, Newchild Gallery, Antwerp, Belgium

2022  / Kunsthal Kongegaarden, Korsør, Denmark 

2022  / Berlinskej Model, Prague 

2022  / Light Blue Noise, Lundgren Gallery, Palma de Mallorca, Spain 

2021 / Lundgren Gallery, Palma de Mallorca, Spain
2021 / Eduardo Secci Contemporary, Florence, Italy
2020 / Balancing Time Between Your Eyes, Galerie Mikael Andersen, Copenhagen, Denmark

2018 / Blood Moon Echoes, Galleri Jacob Bjørn, Aarhus, Denmark
2018 / Summer Night Plasticity, Eduardo Secci Contemporary, Florence, Italy
2017 / Dobbeltblik: a dialouge with L.A. Ring († 1933), Roskilde Palæ, Roskilde, Denmark

2017 / Figuration and Algorithms, Galerie Mikael Andersen, Copenhagen, Denmark
2015 / Strange Attraction, Galleri Jacob Bjørn, Aarhus, Denmark
2014 / Bell Jar Tourism, Galerie Mikael Andersen, Copenhagen, Denmark

 

SELECTED GROUP EXHBITIONS

2022 / Art Antwerp  2022, Newchild Gallery, Antwerp, Belgium.

2021 / Socle du Monde Biennale, HEART – Herning Art Museum, Denmark

2021 / Wide Blue Yonder, Newchild Gallery, Antwerp, Belgium
2020 / COMPOSITE MATERIALITY, El Jundi Art Gallery, Malaga, Spain

2018 / ’01’, curated by Danny Lamb, PM/AM, London, UK

2018 / 3 i 1, AHS Museum/Vestjyllands Kunstpavillon, Videbæk, Denmark
2018 / Instant Excess (duo with Moritz Wegwerth), Rod Barton, London, UK
2018 / Art on Paper, Galerie Mikael Andersen, Copenhagen, Denmark

 

AWARDS

2018 / New Positions, Art Cologne
2017 / The Danish Arts Foundation, working grant
2013 / KE Prisen 13,The Artists’ Autumn Exhibition 1st Prize

2010 / Amdrup Prize