Tense, dark oil paintings by Florian Krewer that portray vulnerable characters

everybody rise, 2019. © Florian Krewer. Courtesy Michael Werner Gallery, New York and London

Car Park Godiva is the first solo exhibition in London of paintings by Düsseldorf-based artist Florian Krewer.

On show at the Michael Werner Gallery in Mayfair later this month, Krewer’s paintings begin in either found or personal photographs he has taken. These photographs may be cut, collaged and eventually redrawn to become the studies from which Krewer’s paintings in oil emerge.

Photographic specifics of time and place are mostly absent, save for a few occasional details – a horizon line, or an arrangement of coloured planes suggesting perspective – to frame the action.

Krewer’s palette likewise departs from the description with a surprising range of night-dark blacks, unclean whites and artificially-sweetened pinks, purples and blues. Compositions are conveyed entirely through the gestures and placement of the figures in a changing and dynamic surface of the paint.

There is a tension and vulnerability that suffuses Krewer’s figures, whether alone or interacting within the painting’s space. Grounded in the autobiographical yet free from an overt narrative, Krewer’s paintings elude one-dimensional reading.

Car Park Godiva opens at the Michael Werner Gallery in London on 30 March. To find out more, visit michaelwerner.com.

nice dog, 2019. © Florian Krewer. Courtesy Michael Werner Gallery, New York and London

nice dog, 2019. © Florian Krewer. Courtesy Michael Werner Gallery, New York and London

all together, 2019. © Florian Krewer. Courtesy Michael Werner Gallery, New York and London

all together, 2019. © Florian Krewer. Courtesy Michael Werner Gallery, New York and London

one and only, 2019. © Florian Krewer. Courtesy Michael Werner Gallery, New York and London

one and only, 2019. © Florian Krewer. Courtesy Michael Werner Gallery, New York and London

the coming, 2019. © Florian Krewer. Courtesy Michael Werner Gallery, New York and London

the coming, 2019. © Florian Krewer. Courtesy Michael Werner Gallery, New York and London

through the eyes, 2019. © Florian Krewer. Courtesy Michael Werner Gallery, New York and London

through the eyes, 2019. © Florian Krewer. Courtesy Michael Werner Gallery, New York and London