Per Kirkeby (b. 1938) is Scandinavia's most highly acclaimed artist since August Strindberg and Asger Jorn. His early training as a geologist is evident in his richly layered canvases, which are structured like geological strata, constantly in flux, expressing movement and change over time. His striking bronze sculptures of fragmented body parts, reminiscent of Rodin, are similarly based in a deep dialogue with nature.
After receiving his doctorate in geology, Per Kirkeby (born 1938) turned his attention to visual art. His experiences during various expeditions to the far north are reflected in his artistic work. Polar breezes and the gentle lapping of waves seem to permeate his paintings, drawings, watercolors and prints as well as his sculptures, stage designs, films, structures and literary works. This volume explores the range of Kirkeby's thought and creative output: the subtle color palette of his painting; the structural design of his brick buildings; the scrutiny of his vision, which is discernible in his sculptures and prints. His universal expressiveness radiates the fascination that is characteristic of explorers.
Per Kirkeby: Polar Breeze and Gentle Lapping of the Waves
is an essential introduction to the work of this important contemporary artist, who also is a filmmaker, writer, and poet. Klaus Ottmann provides an overview of Kirkeby's career, from his early association with Minimalism and the Fluxus movement in the 1960s to his recent work, which marries the poetic and metaphysical to the scientific investigation of object matter. This handsome book also features an interview by Dorothy Kosinski with the artist that highlights his unique approach.