André Butzer - 20th Century & Contemporary Art & Design Day Sale Hong Kong Sunday, November 24, 2019 | Phillips
  • Provenance

    Patricia Low Contemporary, Gstaad
    Paul McCabe Fine Art, Stockholm
    Acquired from the above by the present owner

  • Exhibited

    Switzerland, Ortsmuseum Wolfhalden, FÖR HITZ OND BRAND, 20 May - 9 September 2007
    Gstaad, Patricia Low Contemporary, André Butzer, 6 October - 25 December 2007

  • Catalogue Essay

    Known for a highly articulate style, somewhere between abstraction and figuration, André Butzer is a contemporary German artist that coined his own genre “Science-Fiction Expressionism”, where he creates works of colourful canvases covered with broad swathes of thickly-applied paint. Through the single figurative depiction of a female character in Untitled, Butzer returns to his personal universe of ‘Nasaheim’, which is a contraction of NASA and Anaheim, the city founded by German immigrants in the 19th century where Disneyland is now located. Portraying this explosive, chicken scratch, Guston-esque girl with large, rounded, cartoonish eyes, an inflated head and oversized hands, donned with a crimson and teal dress as a character living in ‘Nasaheim’; Butzer references Expressionism but also nods to Walt Disney, making a bold statement on mass culture in modern life and society. With striking contrast and variation in colour, Butzer allows hues, tones and tints of acidic reds, pinks, yellows and greens to be differentiated. He explains, “I consider myself a colourist, I will always be a colourist, nothing else. My vision is to create this endless colourism through the absence of naturalist ready-made colour. Visual art is an optical utopia…” (the artist quoted in André Butzer, Xippas Gallery, Paris, 2012, online). Butzer successfully taps into feelings of joy, aspiration and alienation with the use of colour and their exaggerated forms reveal an electric vibrancy. His works are in the public collections of the Kunstmuseum Stuttgart in Germany and the Los Angeles County Museum of Art (LACMA) among many others.



signed and dated 'A. Butzer '07' on the reverse
oil on canvas
80 x 60 cm. (31 1/2 x 23 5/8 in.)
Painted in 2007.

HK$120,000 - 180,000 

Sold for HK$350,000

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20th Century & Contemporary Art & Design Day Sale

Hong Kong Auction 25 November 2019