Leonhard Hurzlmeier's playful portraits depicting female identity
Provocative, ambiguous, witty and playful, German artist Leonhard Hurzlmeier’s abstract portraits unfold a panorama of current debates about gender identities.
Hurzlmeier’s colourful oil paintings depict archetypal images of women across a spectrum of activities – protesting, riding a bike, getting ready in the morning, or even stealing jewels.
Using geometric shapes that recall the masters of modernist portrait painting – such as Alexej von Jawlensky, Oskar Schlemmer and Pablo Picasso – Hurzlmeier aims to depict women somewhere in between the way women perceive themselves, and the way they are perceived by those around them.
Hurzlmeier’s work is featured in a new book, Neue Frauen, available via Hatje Cantz. Otherwise, find out more about the artist over at New York's Rachel Uffner Gallery, where he's represented.