Dancer Sequence, 2021, oil on canvas, 40 x 50 cm

My Life is Small

Dan Schein

20.8 - 18.9.2021

Opening: 20.08.2021 : kl. 17 - 20

Galleri Tom Christoffersen is pleased to present My Life is Small, an exhibition of new paintings by New York-based artist Dan Schein.
The exhibition consists of 16 paintings, all made during the Covid-19 lockdown. Perhaps this is one of the reasons why there is a clear predominance of interiors filled with evil cats, naked women, dancers and a nose-picking daydreamer. 

As always, there is a lot going on in Dan Schein's narrative, coloristic and humorous universe, and with his well-known expressive and violent brushwork, Schein's work engages you in conversation. They seem both personal and universal, bold and brave while equally fragile and wry in the choice of motifs - he opens the floodgates of imagination and welcomes a world of absurdities and banalities.
In Schein's artistic work, there are clear references to "Bad" Painting - a concept introduced by the curator Marcia Tucker in 1978 in connection with an exhibition of the same name, which was shown at the Museum of Contemporary Art, New York - seven years before Dan Schein was born. Tucker’s use of the word “bad” was never used to denote the artists or their work but was rather used ironically to elevate it from, or ignore, the common structures and ideas of what “good” art of time was.
Schein thus relates to an art historical tradition but manages to update the expression with a personal and original approach to painting.
Dan Schein
(1985 US / ZA) graduated in 2008 from Purchase College SUNY in New York and Tyler School of Art, Temple University in Philadelphia 2011. He has had exhibitions at e.g. Marvin Gardens, New York; Mike Weiss Gallery, New York; Munkeruphus, Hornbæk; Invisible Exports, New York; Ober Gallery, Kent and Galleri Brandstrup, Oslo. My Life is Small is his sixth solo exhibition at Galleri Tom Christoffersen.

Old fashioned birthday "ass whoppin", 2020, oil on canvas, 50 x 40 cm  

Sunset Anxiety, 2020, oil on canvas, 50 x 40 cm  

Killing for fun and inspiration, 2021, oil on canvas 132h x 195w cm  

Stress, 2021, oil on canvas, 182h x 200w cm