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Peter Stauss

Peter Stauss’ paintings recreate fables of our times. Deriving imagery from a cross-section of ideological, historical, religious and art-historical sources, his work combines essential philosophical themes with questions about the genesis of form in painting and sculpture. A recurring cast of characters has populated his canvases over the years. These characters range from saints to soldiers, bedraggled revolutionaries, dope-smoking hippies and dislocated historical figures who embody a general sense of self-pity in the face of socio-political lethargy and stagnation. The poppy, vibrant compositions of Stauss’ recent work signal a clear departure in style for the artist: While earlier works depicted wild, animated scenes with multiple characters, the newer paintings fuse — or perhaps more accurately prise open — seemingly disparate body parts and objects into an individual figure in which each component forming a constitutive element of the painting itself. His most recent painting focuses on a single character that appears in different forms throughout this new body of work: the Dutch Master. Although their significance may not seem immediately apparent, the legacy of Dutch master paintings weighs heavily on our present. Their depictions of the emergence of an inchoate capitalism beg comparison to our contemporary system of alienated labor, speculation, and futures dealing. Stauss’ irreverent take on this figure and its legacy mixes the comic and the vulgar with his references to fast food, super heroes, body building, and leisure.

Peter Stauss (b. 1966, Sigmaringen) lives and works in Berlin. Selected exhibitions include at Kunsthalle Marcel Duchamp, Switzerland; Helsinki Contemporary, Helsinki; Deichtorhallen, Hamburg; and Drawing Room, London.

Exhibitions at carlier | gebauer

Biography

A-Boy and collector , 2017, oil on canvas, 270 x 220 cm

A-Boy and collector, 2017, oil on canvas, 270 x 220 cm

Dutch Master and fridge , 2017, oil on canvas, 230 x 200 cm

Dutch Master and fridge, 2017, oil on canvas, 230 x 200 cm

Dutch Master and model , 2017, oil on canvas, 230 x 170 cm

Dutch Master and model, 2017, oil on canvas, 230 x 170 cm

DUTCH MASTER (Beach Vendor) , 2016, Oil on plywood, 250 x 180 cm

DUTCH MASTER (Beach Vendor), 2016, Oil on plywood, 250 x 180 cm

DUTCH MASTER (Master Of Perfect Balance) , 2016, Oil on plywood, 250 x 180 cm

DUTCH MASTER (Master Of Perfect Balance), 2016, Oil on plywood, 250 x 180 cm

DUTCH MASTER (MENU), 2015, oil on plywood, 220 x 170 cm

DUTCH MASTER (MENU), 2015, oil on plywood, 220 x 170 cm

DUTCH MASTER (Nº 2), 2015, bronze, 29 x 28 x 37 cm

DUTCH MASTER (Nº 2), 2015, bronze, 29 x 28 x 37 cm

DUTCH MASTER (Nº 3), 2015, bronze, 28 x 27 x 31,6 cm

DUTCH MASTER (Nº 3), 2015, bronze, 28 x 27 x 31,6 cm

DUTCH MASTER (Nº 3), 2015, bronze, 28 x 27 x 31,6 cm

DUTCH MASTER (Nº 3), 2015, bronze, 28 x 27 x 31,6 cm

Peter Stauss, DUTCH MASTER (militant), 2016, oil on canvas, 200 x 130 cm

Peter Stauss, DUTCH MASTER (militant), 2016, oil on canvas, 200 x 130 cm

Peter Stauss, Mister North Korea (highly decorated), 2016, Oil on plywood, 170 x 125 cm

Peter Stauss, Mister North Korea (highly decorated), 2016, Oil on plywood, 170 x 125 cm

DUTCH MASTER (DUSCHE), 2015, oil on plywood, 250 x 170 cm

DUTCH MASTER (DUSCHE), 2015, oil on plywood, 250 x 170 cm

DUTCH MASTER (Mumie), 2015, oil on plywood, 250 x 170 cm

DUTCH MASTER (Mumie), 2015, oil on plywood, 250 x 170 cm

DUTCH MASTER (Analyse), 2015, oil on plywood, 220 x 170 cm

DUTCH MASTER (Analyse), 2015, oil on plywood, 220 x 170 cm

DUTCH MASTER (Tulps Anatomie für Anfänger), 2015, Oil on plywood, 220 x 171 cm

DUTCH MASTER (Tulps Anatomie für Anfänger), 2015, Oil on plywood, 220 x 171 cm

DUTCH MASTER (Lazarus)(...Death of the Death of Painting), 2015, Oil on plywood, 200 x 170 cm

DUTCH MASTER (Lazarus)(...Death of the Death of Painting), 2015, Oil on plywood, 200 x 170 cm

DUTCH MASTER (Akrobat), 2015, Bronze, patinated black, 56 x 52 x 45 cm

DUTCH MASTER (Akrobat), 2015, Bronze, patinated black, 56 x 52 x 45 cm

Extremist , 2013, bronze cast, 2013, 68 x 111 x 64 cm

Extremist, 2013, bronze cast, 2013, 68 x 111 x 64 cm

Serienheld , 2011, aluminium, 100 x 80 x 107 cm

Serienheld, 2011, aluminium, 100 x 80 x 107 cm

Humanität und Demokratie , 2010, bronze cast, 75 x 45 x 85 cm

Humanität und Demokratie, 2010, bronze cast, 75 x 45 x 85 cm

Snobs , 2011, marble, 41 x 37 x 21 cm, unique

Snobs, 2011, marble, 41 x 37 x 21 cm, unique

Johannes , 2009, oil and waxrelief on plywood, 220 x 170 cm

Johannes, 2009, oil and waxrelief on plywood, 220 x 170 cm

Bound to Fail / Sphinx , 2009, oil and waxrelief on plywood, 146 x 110 cm

Bound to Fail / Sphinx, 2009, oil and waxrelief on plywood, 146 x 110 cm