From confronting the complexities of urban life to challenging societal norms, Florian Krewer paints narratives that explore themes of masculinity, anxiety, and the primal nature of desire using striking colours to evoke thought and reflection on stereotypes.
Krewer's inaugural museum solo show in Asia, Nice Dog, runs from 2 December 2023 to 2 March 2024 at M WOODS in Beijing. The exhibition travels from the Aspen Art Museum, which hosted an iteration of the show in the U.S. earlier this year.
Ocula Advisory sat down with the German artist to discuss the influences behind the vibrant chaos of his compositions.
Your paintings beautifully depict the intensity and chaos of urban life. They feel confrontational, boundless, and charged with emotion. Where do these feelings come from?
I grew up in a relatively stereotypical and conservative household. My father left home when I was young to start another life. My social circle became my surrogate family. We were tough on the outside and shared our vulnerabilities on the inside. That was important to me, especially when growing up in a macho world.