Lenz Geerk (b.1988 Basel, Switzerland; based in Dusseldorf, Germany) is a painter whose portraits, landscapes and still-lifes are portrayed in exceptional intensity and luminosity. Masterfully combining European painting traditions and references, Geerk creates deeply atmospheric works liberated from historical context.
He manipulates traditional techniques to bring distinct render through acrylic color, creating psychologically charged paintings that are removed from any specific time or place. Emphasizing his subjects in such a way as to draw out the hidden emotions of the human psyche, Geerk depicts people at the threshold of excitation and in the throes of exploration. With postures and gestures crafted through a fictionized lens of representation, Geerk imagines how a certain fragile moment, derived from neither model nor photograph, can instead be expressed through atmosphere and body language. The stripped-down, nearly-monochromatic palettes add to the aura of emotional tension, transporting the viewer into his otherworldly universe.
Geerk grew up with a dual fondness for classic modern art and comic books, and later formally studied painting at Kunstakademie Düsseldorf in 2008. Geerk is exclusively represented by Roberts Projects