Florian Krewer, nice dog, 2019, oil on canvas, 86 1⁄2 × 67".

Florian Krewer, nice dog, 2019, oil on canvas, 86 1⁄2 × 67".

Florian Krewer

Michael Werner | London

These are exciting times for figurative painting. Promising new talents keep turning up. Among the latest arrivals is Florian Krewer, until recently one of Peter Doig’s students at the Kunstakademie Düsseldorf. Like the work of his teacher, Krewer’s eccentric explorations appear by turns hysterical and catastrophic. His pictures of adolescents hanging out in indeterminate urban locations show them caught in a kind of relaxed, abject splendor. Their faces, with Edvard Munch-like contortions or Francis Bacon-like smears, suggest they live a lifestyle founded on nihilism, caught in a state of existential and moral anomie. With their portentous and menacing informality, the ten paintings in “Car Park Godiva” looked surprisingly at home in the austere setting of Michael Werner’s Mayfair space, especially with the works downstairs hung irreverently over an ornamental dado rail.

Two seated figures

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