Niels Sievers
“in bloom”
May 2016

Niels Sievers – in bloom

23. April – 28. Mai 2016/April 22 – May 28, 2016

Vernissage/Private View: 22. April 2016 von 19-21 Uhr/April 22, 2016, 19-21

Detail: in bloom n° 5, 2016, Lack auf Vinyl/varnish on vinyl, Ø 30 cm

Niels Sievers, in bloom n° 5, 2016, Lack auf Vinyl/
varnish on vinyl, Ø 30 cm
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With “In Bloom“, we display in a one-man-show new paintings by Niels Sievers, who lives and works in Berlin. Sievers, born 1979 in Niebüll (Germany), studied at the Kunstakademie Düsseldorf as a student of Jörg Immendorff.

Known particularly through his landscape paintings of a twilight world, Sievers has now adopted urban motifs and landscapes, for example the Landwehrkanal (canal) which starts in Berlin-Kreuzberg and ends in Berlin-Charlottenburg. In his latest paintings, the canal and the city blend almost into abstraction – water and sky merge almost into one element, solid structures, bushes, trees and buildings, appear shimmering in nuances of grey. The artist creates a particularly diffuse atmosphere, one which is silent and contemplative. For this Niels Sievers has perfected his unique method of painting, which combines classical media, such as oil and egg tempera with a contemporary technique which is still used in street art, spray paint.

Depending on where the viewer stands and the source of light, one can perceive changing colours and the displacement of elements within the picture. Occasionally the architecture emerges from the silver-grey shimmering surface, streetlights throw sparing points of light, from time to time reflecting onto the water. The Landwehrkanal, surrounded by bushes and trees, turns into a magic space devoid of people. Likewise the city itself, which in his big painting “One” is seen from a bird’s eye perspective as a vibrant network of streets and lights, simultaneously referring to both space and time. The new paintings by Niels Sievers oscillate between abstraction and figuration, in which his artistic development points in a new and further reduction.

For this exhibition the artist has painted vinyl records using vegetal elements, which seem to be both traditional, like the Old Masters, and contemporary at the same time. In his paintings on vinyl, especially the combination of pastose paint like meticulous brushwork, Niels Sievers has created something precious.

1979geboren in Niebüll/born in Niebüll, Germany
2002-2008Studium der Freien Kunst, Kunstakademie Düsseldorf, Klasse Jörg Immendorff/studied painting at Kunstakademie Düsseldorf class Jörg Immendorff
2008Meisterschüler bei/with Jörg Immendorff
 lebt und arbeitet in Berlin/lives and works in Berlin
Preise und Stipendien/Awards and scholarships
2013Publikumspreis/audience award, Kunstmuseum Solingen
2009Erwine Steinblum Stipendium, Johannesburg/jozi-art-lap, artist residence award, Johannesburg
2008Reisestipendium/travelling scholarship of NRW, Kunstverein Düsseldorf
Einzelausstellungen (Auswahl)/selected solo exhibitions
2018„after drowing”, Julia Ritterskamp, Düsseldorf/Germany
2016„in bloom”, C & K GALERIE, Berlin
2014„it’s all wrong”, CundKunterwegs Galerie, Berlin
„it`s all right“, Galerie Martin Kudlek, Köln
2012„antistar“, Galerie Kudlek van der Grinten, Köln
2010„night on earth“, Kunstbeitrag „Das Plateau“, Radius Verlag, Stuttgart
2009„all the world is green“, Galerie Geuer und Breckner, Düsseldorf
2008„Boys don’t cry“, Galerie DUVE, Berlin
2007„Back in Black“, acapulco, Düsseldorf
Gruppenausstellungen (Auswahl)/selected group exhbitions
2014„Mythos Wald”, Neue Galerie im Haus Beda, Bitburg, Germany
 „The beautiful changes“, RH Contemporary Art, New York
2013„Stippvisite“, CundKunterwegs, Berlin
 „Ida Gerhardi”, Ausstellung in der Städtischen Galerie Lüdenscheid, Lüdenscheid
 „67. Internationale Bergische Kunstausstellung“, Kunstmuseum Solingen, Solingen (Publikumspreis)
2012„Die Nacht die tausend Tagen Trotz kann sagen“, CundKunterwegs zu Gast in der Guardini Galerie, Berlin
„Salonlöwen im Kleinformat“, CundKunterwegs zu Gast im Luftraum, Berlin
„escapes“, Kunstbeitrag „Das Plateau“, Radius Verlag, Stuttgart
2011„sunbeam in the glasshouse“, Kunstverein 701, Düsseldorf
„inter deum et diabolum semper musica est“, Minken und Palme, Berlin
„There is no end, my friend“, E105 studio, Bonn
2010„alles/nichts/oder“, Galerie Koal, Berlin
„hotmaschini kunstkanone“, Köln
2009„Werkschau 1“, Kunstraum Sylt-Quelle
„4falt“, Richard Haizmann Museum Niebüll, Kunstverein Niebüll
2008„Impulse 21“, Galerie Löhrl Mönchengladbach
„Unmodern Normalism“, Goethe Institut Rotterdam/Netherlands
„Spiegelbild“, KIT, Düsseldorf
„Project Flux“, art museum of Sichuan University Chengdu/China
„dipmaster 2“, Wandergalerie Stephanie Bender, München
2007„Von Pferden und Affen“, Klasse/class Jörg Immendorff, Museum Ludwig Koblenz
2014It’s all right, Galerie Martin Kudlek, Köln
2012“Antistar”, Kudlek van der Grinten Galerie, Köln
Kunstbeitrag Niels Sievers, „Escpes“. Elf Bilder, in: Das Plateau. Die Zeitschrift im Radius Verlag, Nr. 129 (Februar 2012), Stuttgart
2010Kunstbeitrag Niels Sievers, „night on earth“, in: Das Plateau, Die Zeitschrift im Radius, Nr. 119 (Juni 2010), Stuttgart