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Sebastian Ludwig

Patrick Painter, Inc

On the evidence of this, his first solo exhibition outside Germany, Sebastian Ludwig might be a descendant of Piero della Francesca, Albrecht Dürer, M. C. Escher, Anselm Kiefer, or all of the above. At Patrick Painter, Inc., Ludwig exhibited landscape paintings combining expressionist brushwork and interwoven pattern with illusionism both naturalist and mannered, and a mix of representational styles that was visually cohesive despite the diversity of its origins.

The coloration of the show’s eight paintings evokes tinted photographs and faded tapestries, dark and light tones defining layered images characterized by a restricted range of warm and cool shades. Ludwig uses masking tape to isolate areas of the canvas, which he then fills in with brushstrokes. At once exploiting and denying the tape’s usefulness in creating hard edges, he generates painterly textures, atmospheres, and structures

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