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Known for his surreal paintings of soft figures caught in moments of contemplation, Lenz Geerk’s new series The Table Portraits raises questions about possession, distance, observation, and the participation of one’s own image. Geerk creates 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 a fiction 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 nearly monochromatic palettes, only occasionally warmed by other colors, adds to the aura of emotional tension. 

Lenz Geerk

Lenz Geerk
Boy with Blueberry, 2017
Acrylic on wool
57.1 x 39.38 in (145 x 100 cm)

Lenz Geerk

Lenz Geerk
Sleeping, 2018
Acrylic on wool
9.45 x 12 in (24.0 x 30.5 cm)

Lenz Geerk

Lenz Geerk
Table Portrait I, 2017
Acrylic on wool
57.1 x 39.38 in (145 x 100 cm)

Lenz Geerk

Lenz Geerk
Table Portrait II, 2017
Acrylic on wool
57.1 x 39.38 in (145 x 100 cm)

Lenz Geerk

Lenz Geerk
Table Portrait III, 2017
Acrylic on wool
57.1 x 39.38 in (145 x 100 cm)

Lenz Geerk

Lenz Geerk
Table Portrait IV, 2018
Acrylic on wool
57.1 x 39.38 in (145 x 100 cm)

Lenz Geerk

Lenz Geerk
Table Portrait V, 2018
Acrylic on wool
57.1 x 39.38 in (145 x 100 cm)

Lenz Geerk

Lenz Geerk
Table Portrait VIII, 2018
Acrylic on wool
57.1 x 39.38 in (145 x 100 cm)

Lenz Geerk

Lenz Geerk

The Letter, 2018
Acrylic on wool
57.1 x 39.38 in (145 x 100 cm)

Lenz Geerk

Lenz Geerk
Untitled, 2018
Acrylic on wool
12 x 16 in (30 x 40 cm)

Lenz Geerk

Lenz Geerk
The Lovers, 2018
Acrylic on wool
31.5 x 23.6 in (80.0 x 59.9 cm)

Lenz Geerk

Lenz Geerk
Bee, 2018
Acrylic on wool
15.7 x 23.6 in (40 x 60 cm)

Lenz Geerk

Lenz Geerk
Blue Flower, 2018
Acrylic on wool
19.7 x 15.7 in (50 x 40 cm)

Lenz Geerk

Lenz Geerk
The Moth, 2018
Acrylic on wool
45.3 x 31.5 in (115 x 80 cm)

Lenz Geerk

Lenz Geerk
Pressed Leaf, 2018
Acrylic on wool
23.6 x 15.7 in (60 x 40 cm)

Lenz Geerk

Lenz Geerk
Duvet, 2018
Acrylic on wool
11.8 x 7.9 in (30 x 20 cm)

Lenz Geerk

Lenz Geerk
Study for Grey Flower, 2018
Acrylic on wool
11.8 x 15.7 in (30 x 40 cm)

Lenz Geerk

Lenz Geerk
Beach Scene, 2018
Acrylic on wool
9.4 x 11.8 in (24 x 30 cm)