Jupp Linssen

With richly textured surfaces resembling fascinating rocks and shells, German artist Jupp Linssen’s mixed-media paintings reference nature and ancient artifacts as well as minimalist art. Linssen has referred to painting as “the result of something that was eliminated or that which still remains,” a philosophy that can be seen in his process, which incorporates materials ranging from marble dust and concrete to paper, plaster, wood, and tin.

Biography

Objects, collages, assemblages, paintings: German artist Jupp Linssen works between categories, building up sensuous surfaces from humble materials more commonly associated with construction than art. In addition to paint, his mixed-media work incorporates old wooden slats, zinc sheets, marble dust, concrete, paper, tin, wax, and plaster. He expresses sensitivity to these materials—the weathered, leached-out wood, the soft marble, the oxidized iron—through his richly textured painting, which, in the tradition of modernists like Duchamp or Kurt Schwitters, intentionally blurs the boundary between what is found and what is artistically produced.

Linssen has called painting “the result of something that was eliminated or that which still remains,” a statement both matter-of-fact and bold in its claim for painting as the pure residue of process. His grey-tinged palette stays close to the quality of earth and raw substances, as if to underline the elemental and ancient nature of painting. Though their physical make-up is complex, his images are simple and light, giving an airy second life to even the heaviest materials. In his latest work, smooth ovals in muted hues float over the picture plane, recalling air bubbles, computer animations, or single-celled organisms. Minimal grids give certain works a loose architectural structure, containing the floating forms in window-like spaces.

Linssen’s art rewards close observation and embraces the idea that if one is open to their possibilities and properties, unassuming materials contain integrity and beauty. Born in Germany in 1957, he studied with renowned minimalist painter and sculptor Joachim Bandeau and lives and works in Aachen and the Netherlands. He has taught at the Art Academy in Düsseldorf and exhibited widely in Germany and abroad, with work included in the collections of the German government, the Ludwig Forum for International Art, Aachen, and the Kunstsammlung Nordrhein-Westfalen Museum, Düsseldorf.

Selected Solo Exhibitions

2019  Caldwell Snyder Gallery, San Francisco, CA.

2015 Caldwell Snyder Gallery, San Francisco, CA.

           Galerie Biesenbach, Cologne, Germany.

2014 Galerie Florian Trampler, Munich, Germany.

2013 Galerie Titus Koch, Gottmadingen, Germany.

           Haus Overbach, Jülich-Barmen, Germany.

           Summer of Paper, Galerie Biesenbach, Cologne, Germany.

           Aretha Galerie am Rasengarten, Mannheim, Germany.

           Galerie Ulrike Hrobsky, Vienna, Austria.

2012 Caldwell Snyder Gallery, San Francisco, CA.

           ML Gallery, Antwerp, Belgium.

           Conny Dietcszhold Gallery, Sydney, Australia.

2011 Kunstverein, Das Damianstor, Bruchsal, Germany.

           Forum for Arts and Culture Herzogenrath in the Euregio EV, Herzogenrath, Germany.

           Kunstraumno.10, Mönchengladbach, Germany.

2010 Conny Dietcszhold Gallery, Sydney, Australia.

           Galerie Ulrike Hrobsky, Vienna, Austria.

           Knoll Art, Oberhöfen, Germany.

2009 Galerie Christine Phal, Paris, France.

           Gallery Reitz, Cologne, Germany.

2008 Vegetable, Galerie Brockstedt, Berlin, Germany.

           Galerie Christine Phal, Paris, France.

2007 Clemens-Josef-Haus, Blankenheim, Germany.

           Galerie Ulrike Hrobsky, Vienna, Austria.

           Artline Bloemgracht, Amsterdam, Netherlands.

           Kreiskrankenhaus Emmendingen, Emmendingen, Germany.

2006 Galerie Christine Phal, Paris, France.

2005 Galerie Brockstedt, Berlin, Germany.

           Caldwell Snyder Gallery, San Francisco, CA.

           Galerie Artline, Amsterdam, Netherlands.

           Galerie Pudelko, Bonn, Germany.


Selected Group Exhibitions

2019  Art Market San Francisco, Caldwell Snyder Gallery

2018 35th Anniversary Show, Caldwell Snyder Gallery, San Francisco

2016 Caldwell Snyder Gallery, St. Helena, CA.

           Art Market SF, Caldwell Snyder Gallery, San Francisco, CA.

2015 Caldwell Snyder Gallery, San Francisco, CA.

2014 Caldwell Snyder Gallery, St. Helena, CA.

           Caldwell Snyder Gallery, San Francisco, CA.

2013 Caldwell Snyder Gallery, St. Helena, CA.

           Caldwell Snyder Gallery, San Francisco, CA.

2005 SF International Art Exposition, San Francisco, CA.

2004 SF International Art Exposition, San Francisco, CA.


Awards

1987 Foundation Art of Aachen, Aachen, Germany.

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Selected Artworks

Untitled #14613

Untitled #14613

Mixed Media

79 x 130 inches

LIN030813

Untitled #78712 (diptych)

Untitled #78712 (diptych)

Mixed Media

55 x 102 inches

190241

Untitled #78512

Untitled #78512

Mixed Media

55 x 51 inches

190239

Untitled #77612

Untitled #77612

Mixed Media

31 x 31 inches

190233

Untitled #76812

Untitled #76812

Mixed Media

39 x 31 inches

190228

Untitled #77712

Untitled #77712

Mixed Media

32 x 44 inches

190227

Untitled #77812

Untitled #77812

Mixed Media

42 x 39 inches

190226

Untitled #79912 (6pc’s)

Untitled #79912 (6pc’s)

Mixed Media

48 x 48 inches

190163

Untitled #77212

Untitled #77212

Mixed Media

30 x 30 inches

190161

Untitled #77112

Untitled #77112

Mixed Media

30 x 30 inches

190160

Untitled #76912

Untitled #76912

Mixed Media

30 x 30 inches

190158

Regale I

Regale I

Mixed Media

55 x 39 inches

170584

Ball Point II #84214

Ball Point II #84214

Mixed Media

67 x 59 inches

160054

Untitled #63912

Untitled #63912

Mixed Media

45 x 71 inches

120572

Selected Solo Exhibitions

2019  Caldwell Snyder Gallery, San Francisco, CA.

2015 Caldwell Snyder Gallery, San Francisco, CA.

           Galerie Biesenbach, Cologne, Germany.

2014 Galerie Florian Trampler, Munich, Germany.

2013 Galerie Titus Koch, Gottmadingen, Germany.

           Haus Overbach, Jülich-Barmen, Germany.

           Summer of Paper, Galerie Biesenbach, Cologne, Germany.

           Aretha Galerie am Rasengarten, Mannheim, Germany.

           Galerie Ulrike Hrobsky, Vienna, Austria.

2012 Caldwell Snyder Gallery, San Francisco, CA.

           ML Gallery, Antwerp, Belgium.

           Conny Dietcszhold Gallery, Sydney, Australia.

2011 Kunstverein, Das Damianstor, Bruchsal, Germany.

           Forum for Arts and Culture Herzogenrath in the Euregio EV, Herzogenrath, Germany.

           Kunstraumno.10, Mönchengladbach, Germany.

2010 Conny Dietcszhold Gallery, Sydney, Australia.

           Galerie Ulrike Hrobsky, Vienna, Austria.

           Knoll Art, Oberhöfen, Germany.

2009 Galerie Christine Phal, Paris, France.

           Gallery Reitz, Cologne, Germany.

2008 Vegetable, Galerie Brockstedt, Berlin, Germany.

           Galerie Christine Phal, Paris, France.

2007 Clemens-Josef-Haus, Blankenheim, Germany.

           Galerie Ulrike Hrobsky, Vienna, Austria.

           Artline Bloemgracht, Amsterdam, Netherlands.

           Kreiskrankenhaus Emmendingen, Emmendingen, Germany.

2006 Galerie Christine Phal, Paris, France.

2005 Galerie Brockstedt, Berlin, Germany.

           Caldwell Snyder Gallery, San Francisco, CA.

           Galerie Artline, Amsterdam, Netherlands.

           Galerie Pudelko, Bonn, Germany.


Selected Group Exhibitions

2019  Art Market San Francisco, Caldwell Snyder Gallery

2018 35th Anniversary Show, Caldwell Snyder Gallery, San Francisco

2016 Caldwell Snyder Gallery, St. Helena, CA.

           Art Market SF, Caldwell Snyder Gallery, San Francisco, CA.

2015 Caldwell Snyder Gallery, San Francisco, CA.

2014 Caldwell Snyder Gallery, St. Helena, CA.

           Caldwell Snyder Gallery, San Francisco, CA.

2013 Caldwell Snyder Gallery, St. Helena, CA.

           Caldwell Snyder Gallery, San Francisco, CA.

2005 SF International Art Exposition, San Francisco, CA.

2004 SF International Art Exposition, San Francisco, CA.


Awards

1987 Foundation Art of Aachen, Aachen, Germany.

Biography

Objects, collages, assemblages, paintings: German artist Jupp Linssen works between categories, building up sensuous surfaces from humble materials more commonly associated with construction than art. In addition to paint, his mixed-media work incorporates old wooden slats, zinc sheets, marble dust, concrete, paper, tin, wax, and plaster. He expresses sensitivity to these materials—the weathered, leached-out wood, the soft marble, the oxidized iron—through his richly textured painting, which, in the tradition of modernists like Duchamp or Kurt Schwitters, intentionally blurs the boundary between what is found and what is artistically produced.

Linssen has called painting “the result of something that was eliminated or that which still remains,” a statement both matter-of-fact and bold in its claim for painting as the pure residue of process. His grey-tinged palette stays close to the quality of earth and raw substances, as if to underline the elemental and ancient nature of painting. Though their physical make-up is complex, his images are simple and light, giving an airy second life to even the heaviest materials. In his latest work, smooth ovals in muted hues float over the picture plane, recalling air bubbles, computer animations, or single-celled organisms. Minimal grids give certain works a loose architectural structure, containing the floating forms in window-like spaces.

Linssen’s art rewards close observation and embraces the idea that if one is open to their possibilities and properties, unassuming materials contain integrity and beauty. Born in Germany in 1957, he studied with renowned minimalist painter and sculptor Joachim Bandeau and lives and works in Aachen and the Netherlands. He has taught at the Art Academy in Düsseldorf and exhibited widely in Germany and abroad, with work included in the collections of the German government, the Ludwig Forum for International Art, Aachen, and the Kunstsammlung Nordrhein-Westfalen Museum, Düsseldorf.

Jupp Linssen

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Jupp Linssen

With richly textured surfaces resembling fascinating rocks and shells, German artist Jupp Linssen’s mixed-media paintings reference nature and ancient artifacts as well as minimalist art. Linssen has referred to painting as “the result of something that was eliminated or that which still remains,” a philosophy that can be seen in his process, which incorporates materials ranging from marble dust and concrete to paper, plaster, wood, and tin.

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