Christian Awe

Beginning his painting career as a graffiti writer on the streets of Berlin in the early 90s, Christian Awe has transitioned through multiple spheres from street writing to calligraphy, design, architecture and finally painting. His work with painting is a unique symbiosis of graffiti and abstract expressionism that utilizes flowing colors as transitions, movement, and rhythm. On canvas the exposed color is only one of many layers of paint that oscillate between background and foreground.

Awe studied under George Baselitz, one of Germanys most important contemporary artists, and later pursued advance studies with Daniel Richter at the Berliner Universität der Künste. Presently, he works from his loft in the Lichtenberg district of Berlin and shows his work in galleries around the globe. His recent works are increasingly abstract, dynamic and bare an intense chromaticity. In 2011 Christian Awe was selected for the Princeton Scholarship Artist in Residence. Donald Kuspit, renowned New York art critic affirms: “Awe’s mobilization of colors – almost always hot and passionate although sometimes sublimely cool, as his blues and greens tend to be – restores vitality to abstraction, making it more seductive than ever.”

SELECTED SOLO SHOWS

2015 “OffYourColorChart”, Nextower, Deutsche Bank, Frankfurt am Main
2015 “delizia”, Galerie Tristan Lorenz, Frankfurt am Main
2015 “vitamin sea”, Kunstverein Bad Dürkheim
2014 “amour fou”, Galerie Ludorff, Düsseldorf
2014 “embody”, Falckenberg Unique Art Concepts, Hamburg
2013 “urbanity” Kunstverein Östliches Sauerland, Brilon
2013 “Malerei” Kunstverein Lippe, Schloss Detmold
2013 “stratum” Fahnemann Projects, Berlin
2013 “mind spray” Kunstverein Heppenheim
2013 “underneath” Falckenberg Unique Art Concepts, Hamburg
2013 “iloom” Galerie Terminus, München
2012 “Jedem Anfang wohnt ein Zauber inne” Perm Art Residency, Perm, Russia
2012 “Christian Awe – new works” Loewenpalais, Stiftung Starke, Berlin
2012 “Resurrecting Color” Fahnemann Projects, Berlin
2011 “Meer aus Farben” Kunstförderverein Weinheim, Weinheim
2010 “Wynwood Kitchen and Bar” Goldman Projects, Miami
2008 “Istanbul/Berlin” Contemporary Istanbul, Istanbul

SELECTED GROUP SHOWS

2015 “Open Water”, Galerie Ludorff, Düsseldorf
2015 “N°2″ Group Show, Galerie Tristan Lorenz, Frankfurt am Main
2015 “Formen der Abstraktion”, Galerie Ludorff, Düsseldorf
2015 “In Situ – die Kunst mit der Architektur”, Galerie Borchardt, Hamburg
2014 Bernheimer Contemporary, München
2014 “Schlaraffenland”, Alte Börse Marzahn, Berlin
2014 “Urban Heroes”, Kooperative K, Hagen Conturbanaries Art Fair, Stattbad Berlin
2014 IAO OO, Berlin
2014 Dachwood & Zeichnung, Berlin
2014 “reKOLLEKT”, Galerie Borchardt, Hamburg
2013 “Kulturwelten”, Kulturhaus Karlshorst / Land Berlin
2013 “Wir ueberschreiten den Rubikon” Ostrale, Dresden
2012 “Escape the Golden Cage 2012″, Vienna
2011 “reKOLLEKT”, Kunstraum Kreuzberg / Bethanien, Berlin
2011 “Figuring Abstraction”, Galerie Favardin & de Verneuil, Paris
2011 “salondergegenwart”, Hamburg
2011 “Neue Abstraktion” Fahnemann Projects, Berlin
2011 “Christian Awe / Banksy / Russel Young” Keszler Gallery, Southampton, New York
2011 “The Urban Artist” Circleculture Gallery, Soho House, Berlin
2011 “Orlando/Berlin” Orlando Museum of Art, Orlando
2011 “An exchange with Sol Lewitt” Cabinet, New York / MASS 2011 MoCA – Massachusetts Museum of Contemporary Art, North Adams
2011 “New Art – Formerly known As: New Art” Circleculture Gallery, Berlin
2010 “Boomerang. Perm Biennale of Graphic Arts” Museum of Contemporary Art, Perm, Russia
2010 “Mirrors Of Continuous Change” Taekwang Industrial, Seoul
2009“Abstrakte Welten – Sam Francis / Christian Awe“ Berlin Art Projects, Berlin
2008“New Walls from Europe”, Sundaram Tagore Gallery, New York
2008 “Checkpoint Ilgen # 6″, Christian Awe / Megan Olson und Barnett Newmann, Jackson Pollock, Marc Rothko und David Smith, aus der Ulla und Heiner Pietzsch Sammlung, Berlin

ART IN PUBLIC SPACE / COMMISSIONS (SELECTION)

2015 “Adanzé”, Hauptstraße 117, Berlin / COPRO Gruppe
2013 Kulturhaus Karlshorst / Bezirksamt Berlin Lichtenberg
2013 Cool as Ice, PRO 48, Sub Zero / CoolGiants, Alsterhaus, Falckenberg Unique Art Concepts, Hamburg
2012 “Glueckspilz” Westlotto, Muenster
2012 “Lichtenberg” Frankfurter Allee 192 / Howoge Wohnungsbaugesellschaft
2012 “Inspire” Perm Pedagogical University, Perm, Russia
2012 “Escape the Golden Cage” MuseumsQuartier Vienna
2012 “Vision Diamond” Mercedes Benz Mixed Tape, Mercedes Benz
2010 “Wynwood Kitchen and Bar” Miami

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