Christian Hellmich

biography

1977
geboren in Düsseldorf, lebt und arbeitet in Berlin
1998–2004
Folkwangschule, Essen
2014
Residency an der Bartels Foundation, Basel

 

solo exhibitions

2014
Kunstverein Oerlinghausen
2013
„We Do Wie Do“, Tanja Pol Galerie, München
„Nitty-Gritty“, Artothek, Köln
Von der Heydt-Kunsthalle, Wuppertal (Kat.)
2010
„Bodenfreiheit“, Minken & Palme, Berlin
„odds and ends“ (mit Martin Wöhrl), The Shelter, Köln
„The Array/Transfer-Domino“, Lehmann Maupin Gallery, New York
2009
„Sweet & Lowdown/Magazin und Kulisse“, Tanja Pol Galerie, München
2006
„Arrangement“, Lehmann Maupin Gallery, New York (Kat.)
2005
Galerie Schwind, Frankfurt (Kat.)

group exhibitions

2012
„The Future Lasts Forever. Contemporary Paintings From Europe“, Interalia Art Company, Seoul KR
„Unheimliches Heim“, Corridor/Gangurinn, Reykjavík IS
2011
„Winter in America“, Tanja Pol Galerie, München
„out of the office“, Kunstmuseum Bochum
2010
„Fritto Misto, Arbeiten auf Papier/Works on Paper“, Tanja Pol Galerie, München
Marion Scharmann, Köln
2009
„Broken Vision“, Mannheimer Kunstverein (Kat.)
Von-der-Heydt Museum, Wuppertal
2008
„What kind of painting?“, Sprüth Magers Projekte, München
„New Century New Painting: Recent Acquisitions from the Martin Z. Margulies Collection“, Bob Rauschenberg Gallery, Ft. Myers FL, USA
2007
„Size Matters“, Hudson Valley Center for Contemporary Art, Peekskill NY
2005
„Fresh Paint“, Lehmann Maupin Gallery, New York
2004
Städtische Galerie Museum Folkwang, Essen
„Hier und Jetzt“, Gustav-Lübke-Museum, Hamm
2002
Museum Folkwang, Essen

Christian Hellmich, Erik Schmidt modules and mysteries 21.03.2014 — 06.05.2014

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The clearly contoured shapes in Christian Hellmich’s paintings with their architectonic touch can be considered to be modules or elements of a more comprehensive creative system. The observer believes to recognize something familiar in the abstracted motifs that, however, can hardly be defined rationally.


Hellmich loves the balancing act between the familiar and the inexplicable, a reality instilling confidence while already revealing metaphysical breaks and suppressions. The precisely outlined, geometric individual shapes appear to be complete, but the total picture in its overall structure leaves everything open. Hellmich‘s lively paintings challenge the active observer who allows himself to become involved in a dialogue to form his own idea.


The artist, born in Düsseldorf in 1977, frequently changes the technique and the quality of the colour application on his canvases. By that his delicately composed works draw the attention to the pure structure of the material.