Leonhard Hurzlmeier's playful portraits depicting female identity

Black Beach Beauty, 2016 © Leonhard Hurzlmeier, Courtesy Rachel Uffner Gallery, New York

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.

Rebellion, 2016/17 © Leonhard Hurzlmeier, Courtesy Rachel Uffner Gallery, New York

Rebellion, 2016/17 © Leonhard Hurzlmeier, Courtesy Rachel Uffner Gallery, New York

Leitende Angestellte, 2013 © Leonhard Hurzlmeier, Courtesy Rachel Uffner Gallery, New York

Leitende Angestellte, 2013 © Leonhard Hurzlmeier, Courtesy Rachel Uffner Gallery, New York

Tamara, 2013 © Leonhard Hurzlmeier, Courtesy Rachel Uffner Gallery, New York

Tamara, 2013 © Leonhard Hurzlmeier, Courtesy Rachel Uffner Gallery, New York

Bitter Bunny, 2013-15 © Leonhard Hurzlmeier, Courtesy Rachel Uffner Gallery, New York

Bitter Bunny, 2013-15 © Leonhard Hurzlmeier, Courtesy Rachel Uffner Gallery, New York

Leisure, 2016/17 © Leonhard Hurzlmeier, Courtesy Rachel Uffner Gallery, New York

Leisure, 2016/17 © Leonhard Hurzlmeier, Courtesy Rachel Uffner Gallery, New York

Frau mit Stil, 2013 © Leonhard Hurzlmeier, Courtesy Rachel Uffner Gallery, New York

Frau mit Stil, 2013 © Leonhard Hurzlmeier, Courtesy Rachel Uffner Gallery, New York

Robber Baroness, 2016/17 © Leonhard Hurzlmeier, Courtesy Rachel Uffner Gallery, New York

Robber Baroness, 2016/17 © Leonhard Hurzlmeier, Courtesy Rachel Uffner Gallery, New York