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Udo Lefin

Galerie Daniel Buchholz

Udo Lefin showed five large-format paintings in his first one-man exhibition. He works extremely slowly: the five pieces in this exhibition constitute his entire output of the past three years. His working method may be, in turn, a result of the complicated nature of the paintings themselves. All of these paintings were done with lacquer pigments and transparent varnishes on canvas and wood; their surfaces are dazzling and reflective. His goal is obviously to create an intense color-surface effect—fiery red and sunny yellow, deep black and midnight blue. The complexity of Lefin’s paintings is evident in their tonality. It is derived from a combination of moody light and dark tones with a colorless transparency; the artist employs various strata of pigments, visual motifs, as well as verbal quotations. In this way, each painting gradually produces multiple images.

Lefin’s paintings often

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