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Christian Rex van Minnen


Christian Rex van Minnen (b. 1980, Providence, Rhode Island; raised in Colorado). Lives and works in New York.

van Minnen has been painting in oils from the age of 14. It was in 2005 that he began a self-directed investigation into the methods, materials and techniques of the Old Schools and Masters.

van Minnenís works are in the collections of the Denver Art Museum; Colecciōn Solo; Djurhuus Collection; and the Richard B. Sachs Collection.

van Minnen received a B.A. in 2002 from Regis University in Denver, Colorado.

New work by van Minnen will be exhibited at Richard Heller Gallery's booth, Level 1, G16, at the Dallas Art Fair, April 7 - 9, 2017.

Artist Statement:

"What is visible, and what lays just beneath the surface? What is hidden in plain sight? Sanguine ornament is a flimsy distraction from the difficult truth, the melancholic, and shimmers attractive and repulsive. The Great Egress, the greatest freak, a paradox, leads you out of the freakshow and back into the cold light of day. The whimsical, the conventional, couples awkwardly with the darkest truths. The grotesque is dynamic tension. It is a threshold, and not an edifice. Humour and absurdity, the lubrication for the tight squeeze to the other side. The slippery hallways of Enantiodromia."

 


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