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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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.

Born
1957 Kempen/Niederhein, Germany.
Lives and works in Aachen, Germany.

Education
1995 Werner Mahler Symposium.
1987 Förderpreis Bildende Kunst der Stadt Aachen.
1980-86 RWTH Aachen University, studied under Joachim Bandau.

Selected Solo Exhibitions
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.
2004 Galerie Margit Haldemann, Bern, Switzerland.
Ulrike Hrobsky, Vienna, Austria.
Stadthaus Erftstadt, Erftstadt, Germany.
Städtisches Museum Kalkar, Kalkar, Germany.
Galerie Benden & Klimczak, Cologne, Germany.
Galerie Maulberger, Munich, Germany.
Fritz Winter-Haus, Ahlen, Germany.
Galerie Christine Phal, Paris, France.
Galerie Contempo, Rotterdam, Netherlands.
2003 Caldwell Snyder Gallery, San Francisco, CA.
2002 Caldwell Snyder Gallery, San Francisco, CA.
2001 Galerie Margit Haldemann, Bern, Switzerland.
Galerie Doris Wulkopf, Lindau, Germany.
Galerie Klaus Benden, Viersen, Germany.
Caldwell Snyder, San Francisco, CA.
2000 Galerie Van de Velde, Aalst, Belgium.
Galerie Brockstedt, Berlin, Germany.
Galerie Magnus Aklundh, Lund, Sweden.
Galerie Contempo, Rotterdam, Netherlands.
Stadtische Galerie, Iserlohn, Germany.
Galerie Barbara Kramer, Bonn, Germany.
Caldwell Snyder, San Francisco, CA.
1999 Galerie Artline, Amsterdam, Netherlands.
Erfurt Synagoge, Erfurt, Germany.
Galerie Baumgarten, Freiburg, Germany.
1998 Galerie Triebold, Basel, Switzerland.
Galerie Carinthia, Klagenfurt, Austria.
Kunstverein, Würzburg, Germany.
Huck Beifang House, Steinfurt, Germany.
Galerie Pudelko, Bonn, Germany.
Galerie Contempo, Rotterdam, Netherlands.
Museum Werfen, Werfen, Germany.
1997 Galerie Doris Wulkopf, Lindau, Germany.
Darmstadt Kunstagentur Karin Melchior, Kassel, Germany.
Pictura/Skanska Museum, Lund, Sweden.
Galerie Magnus Aklundh, Lund, Sweden.
1996 Galerie Gardy Wiechern, Hamburg, Germany.
Galerie Baumbarten, Freiburg, Germany.
Galerie von Braunbehrens, Munich, Germany.
Galerie Barbara Cramer, Bonn, Germany.
Galerie Pudelko, Bonn, Germany.
Galerie Contempo, Rotterdam, Netherlands.
1995 Galerie Triebold, Basel, Switzerland.
Galerie Magnus Aklundh, Lund, Sweden.
1994 Galerie Gardy Wiechern, Hamburg, Germany.
Galerie im Bürgerhaus, Neunkirchen, Germany.
Galerie Baumgarten, Freiburg, Germany.
Galerie Contempo, Rotterdam, Netherlands.
1993 Gallery Janus Avivson, London, UK.
Galerie Fred Lanzenberg, Brussels, Belgium.
Galerie von Braunbehrens, Munich, Germany.
Galerie Barbara Cramer, Bonn, Germany.
Galerie Pudelko, Bonn, Germany.
Institute Francais, Aachen, Germany.
1992 Galerie Baumgarten, Freiburg, Germany.
Wax Factory, Cologne Gallery, Cologne, Germany.
Yamaguchi SOKO, Tokyo, Japan.
1991 Galerie Barbara Cramer, Bonn, Germany.
Galerie Pudelko, Bonn, Germany.
1990 Kunstverein Heinsberg, Heinsberg, Germany.
Galerie Barbar Cramer, Bonn, Germany.
Galerie 22, Antwerpen, Germany.
1989 Burg Stolberg, Stolberg/Rheinland, Germany.
Huck Beifang House, Steinfurt, Germany.
1986 Neuer Aachener Kunstverein, Aachen, Germany.

Selected Group Exhibitions
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.
2003 Art Chicago, Chicago, IL.
Art Cologne Cologne, Germany.
SF International Art Exposition, San Francisco, CA.
2002 Art Chicago, Chicago, IL.
SF International Art Exposition, San Francisco, CA.
2001 Galerie Baumgarten, Freiburg, Germany.
Art Summer, Galerie Maulberger, Munich, Germany.
2000 Städitische Galerie, Viersen, Germany.
Galerie Doris Wulkopf, Lindau, Germany.
Galerie Maulberger, Munich, Germany.
1999 Galerie Maulberger, Munich, Germany.
1998 Gothaer Kunstforum, Cologne, Germany.
Carambolage Centrum Beelende Kunst, Rotterdam, Holland.
Stadtissches Museum Beckum Rheinisches Landesmuseum,
Bonn, Germany.
Galerie Contempo, Rotterdam, Holland.
1996 Art Stockholm, Galerie Magnus Aklundh, Lund, Sweden.
1995 Städitische Galerie, Viersen, Germany.
Neunkirchen Galerie Carinthis, Klagenfurt, Austria.
Avantiere Altes Kurhaus Museum, Aachen, Germany.
Galerie Trakl Haus, Salzburg, Austria.
Kunsthalle Museum, Rotterdam, Netherlands.
Art Cologne, Galerie von Braunbehrens, Munich, Germany.
1994 Art Cologne, Galerie Baumgarten, Freiburg, Germany.
Verpackt VEW, Dortmund, Germany.
Aachen Art Fair, Basel, Switzerland.
1993 Art Frankfurt, Galerie Baumgarten, Freiburg, Germany.
Art Frankfurt, Galerie von Braunbehrens, Munich, Germany.
Aachen Art Fair, Basel, Switzerland.
1992 Suermondt Ludwig Museum, Aachen, Germany.
Aachen Art Fair, Basel, Switzerland.
Galerie Pudelko, Bonn, Germany.
TOTO Super Space, Espace 251 Nord, Liege, Germany.
1991 Art Cologne, Galerie Pudelko, Bonn, Germany.
Rathaus der Stadt, Aachen, Germany.
1989 Fritz Winter Haus, Ahlen, Germany.
1987 Perroen Galerie, Maastricht Schirmfabrik Bauer,
Aachen, Germany.

Selected Public Collections
Ludwig Forum für Internationale Kunst, Aachen, Germany.
Deutscher Bundestag, Bonn, Germany.
Kunstammlung Nordrhein-Westfalen, Düsseldorf, Germany.
Prinz Max Palais, Karlsruhe Norddeutsche Landesbank, Hannover, Germany.

Awards
1987 Foundation Art of Aachen, Aachen, Germany.

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Selected Artworks

Born
1957 Kempen/Niederhein, Germany.
Lives and works in Aachen, Germany.

Education
1995 Werner Mahler Symposium.
1987 Förderpreis Bildende Kunst der Stadt Aachen.
1980-86 RWTH Aachen University, studied under Joachim Bandau.

Selected Solo Exhibitions
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.
2004 Galerie Margit Haldemann, Bern, Switzerland.
Ulrike Hrobsky, Vienna, Austria.
Stadthaus Erftstadt, Erftstadt, Germany.
Städtisches Museum Kalkar, Kalkar, Germany.
Galerie Benden & Klimczak, Cologne, Germany.
Galerie Maulberger, Munich, Germany.
Fritz Winter-Haus, Ahlen, Germany.
Galerie Christine Phal, Paris, France.
Galerie Contempo, Rotterdam, Netherlands.
2003 Caldwell Snyder Gallery, San Francisco, CA.
2002 Caldwell Snyder Gallery, San Francisco, CA.
2001 Galerie Margit Haldemann, Bern, Switzerland.
Galerie Doris Wulkopf, Lindau, Germany.
Galerie Klaus Benden, Viersen, Germany.
Caldwell Snyder, San Francisco, CA.
2000 Galerie Van de Velde, Aalst, Belgium.
Galerie Brockstedt, Berlin, Germany.
Galerie Magnus Aklundh, Lund, Sweden.
Galerie Contempo, Rotterdam, Netherlands.
Stadtische Galerie, Iserlohn, Germany.
Galerie Barbara Kramer, Bonn, Germany.
Caldwell Snyder, San Francisco, CA.
1999 Galerie Artline, Amsterdam, Netherlands.
Erfurt Synagoge, Erfurt, Germany.
Galerie Baumgarten, Freiburg, Germany.
1998 Galerie Triebold, Basel, Switzerland.
Galerie Carinthia, Klagenfurt, Austria.
Kunstverein, Würzburg, Germany.
Huck Beifang House, Steinfurt, Germany.
Galerie Pudelko, Bonn, Germany.
Galerie Contempo, Rotterdam, Netherlands.
Museum Werfen, Werfen, Germany.
1997 Galerie Doris Wulkopf, Lindau, Germany.
Darmstadt Kunstagentur Karin Melchior, Kassel, Germany.
Pictura/Skanska Museum, Lund, Sweden.
Galerie Magnus Aklundh, Lund, Sweden.
1996 Galerie Gardy Wiechern, Hamburg, Germany.
Galerie Baumbarten, Freiburg, Germany.
Galerie von Braunbehrens, Munich, Germany.
Galerie Barbara Cramer, Bonn, Germany.
Galerie Pudelko, Bonn, Germany.
Galerie Contempo, Rotterdam, Netherlands.
1995 Galerie Triebold, Basel, Switzerland.
Galerie Magnus Aklundh, Lund, Sweden.
1994 Galerie Gardy Wiechern, Hamburg, Germany.
Galerie im Bürgerhaus, Neunkirchen, Germany.
Galerie Baumgarten, Freiburg, Germany.
Galerie Contempo, Rotterdam, Netherlands.
1993 Gallery Janus Avivson, London, UK.
Galerie Fred Lanzenberg, Brussels, Belgium.
Galerie von Braunbehrens, Munich, Germany.
Galerie Barbara Cramer, Bonn, Germany.
Galerie Pudelko, Bonn, Germany.
Institute Francais, Aachen, Germany.
1992 Galerie Baumgarten, Freiburg, Germany.
Wax Factory, Cologne Gallery, Cologne, Germany.
Yamaguchi SOKO, Tokyo, Japan.
1991 Galerie Barbara Cramer, Bonn, Germany.
Galerie Pudelko, Bonn, Germany.
1990 Kunstverein Heinsberg, Heinsberg, Germany.
Galerie Barbar Cramer, Bonn, Germany.
Galerie 22, Antwerpen, Germany.
1989 Burg Stolberg, Stolberg/Rheinland, Germany.
Huck Beifang House, Steinfurt, Germany.
1986 Neuer Aachener Kunstverein, Aachen, Germany.

Selected Group Exhibitions
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.
2003 Art Chicago, Chicago, IL.
Art Cologne Cologne, Germany.
SF International Art Exposition, San Francisco, CA.
2002 Art Chicago, Chicago, IL.
SF International Art Exposition, San Francisco, CA.
2001 Galerie Baumgarten, Freiburg, Germany.
Art Summer, Galerie Maulberger, Munich, Germany.
2000 Städitische Galerie, Viersen, Germany.
Galerie Doris Wulkopf, Lindau, Germany.
Galerie Maulberger, Munich, Germany.
1999 Galerie Maulberger, Munich, Germany.
1998 Gothaer Kunstforum, Cologne, Germany.
Carambolage Centrum Beelende Kunst, Rotterdam, Holland.
Stadtissches Museum Beckum Rheinisches Landesmuseum,
Bonn, Germany.
Galerie Contempo, Rotterdam, Holland.
1996 Art Stockholm, Galerie Magnus Aklundh, Lund, Sweden.
1995 Städitische Galerie, Viersen, Germany.
Neunkirchen Galerie Carinthis, Klagenfurt, Austria.
Avantiere Altes Kurhaus Museum, Aachen, Germany.
Galerie Trakl Haus, Salzburg, Austria.
Kunsthalle Museum, Rotterdam, Netherlands.
Art Cologne, Galerie von Braunbehrens, Munich, Germany.
1994 Art Cologne, Galerie Baumgarten, Freiburg, Germany.
Verpackt VEW, Dortmund, Germany.
Aachen Art Fair, Basel, Switzerland.
1993 Art Frankfurt, Galerie Baumgarten, Freiburg, Germany.
Art Frankfurt, Galerie von Braunbehrens, Munich, Germany.
Aachen Art Fair, Basel, Switzerland.
1992 Suermondt Ludwig Museum, Aachen, Germany.
Aachen Art Fair, Basel, Switzerland.
Galerie Pudelko, Bonn, Germany.
TOTO Super Space, Espace 251 Nord, Liege, Germany.
1991 Art Cologne, Galerie Pudelko, Bonn, Germany.
Rathaus der Stadt, Aachen, Germany.
1989 Fritz Winter Haus, Ahlen, Germany.
1987 Perroen Galerie, Maastricht Schirmfabrik Bauer,
Aachen, Germany.

Selected Public Collections
Ludwig Forum für Internationale Kunst, Aachen, Germany.
Deutscher Bundestag, Bonn, Germany.
Kunstammlung Nordrhein-Westfalen, Düsseldorf, Germany.
Prinz Max Palais, Karlsruhe Norddeutsche Landesbank, Hannover, Germany.

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.