Kristian Kragelund (b.1987, Denmark) concerns himself with the objecthood of painting and the historical resonance of sculptural materiality. He veers between formalist and conceptual painting. Through the utilisation of oxidisation techniques and the appropriation of both new and recycled industrial materials, he questions the social and discursive histories of Western modernity. Working reductively, his wall-based works possess a striking synergy of personal pasts, as well as projections into collective futures, reminiscent, inversely, of early Minimalist art. Kragelund seeks to find new meaning in abstraction, often looking to the past for inspiration. He consistently experiments with new ways to interpret the legacy and importance of fine art within his contemporary practice moving forward.
He has a BA in Fine Art from Central St Martins and attended the New York Film Academy, The European Film College, and the Pratt Institute. His work is represented in numerous public and private collections internationally including the Danish Art Council, Celine Foundation. In January 2020, Kragelund’s first permanent public art installation and largest work to date ‘The Bells of Whitechapel’ was revealed in London. He now lives and works in London.
Bjorn Gundorph, Denmark; Encounter Contemporary, London; Martin Abaesk Gallery, Denmark; CCA Kunsthalle, Majorca; Kunsthalle Aarhus, Denmark; Galleri Jacob Bjorn, Denmark; Division of Labour, Denmark;, and Encounter Contemporary, London.
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