Press Release

Press Release December 2018




6 December 2018 – 6 January

Achenbach Hagemeier is pleased to announce its first solo exhibition with US-Artist Andrea Marie Breiling who’s been working on a new group of paintings during a three-month artist residency program in Düsseldorf, offered by Achenbach Hagemeier to young artists from abroad. The show will open on 6 December 2018 and remain on view through 6 January 2019. An opening reception will take place on Thursday, 6 December from 7 – 9 pm. 

The exhibition will show the breadth of this residency, as Breiling’s creative practice can be expressed as much by her body’s spontaneous response to her environments as by her visual and knowledgeable justification. Experiences of everyday life are shown physically, and her deft use of paint is an extension of this understanding. She is known for the complex nature of her practice, which includes painting, photography and performance. Operating in an extensive variety of media, from the traditional to the eccentric, Breiling has generated an oeuvre that, while extraordinarily distinct, is decisively embedded within a multifaceted and conclusive artistic approach.

Frequently drawing upon narrative or art historical sources such as the gestural paintings of Abstract Expressionists like Willem de Kooning and Joan Mitchell, her work comprises a highly abstract, thoroughly coloured, sometimes calligraphic manner, which balance elements of structured composition with a mood of wild and energetic improvisation. Breiling doesn’t allow flatness, she likes a more traditional sense of language in her pieces, and she often composes them in ways that suggest impressions of her everyday life. Her art is one of disclosure, using her life events as inspiration for works. She uses ecstatic colour, frenetic and electric and finds herself at war with herself in every painting. Each brush stroke is precise, a deliberate jab in pictures that shivers with freedom on her own terms. She is a single woman, has a rasping personality and creates paintings which sometime remind us of rage and violence.

Through her painting style at the crossroad between several artistic influences, Andrea Marie Breiling has been building for several years now a work including different methods and means of painting, to raise a sense of awareness of the medium, which she aims to reinvent and to reshape, overgoing traditional hierarchies. Breiling’s work in a kind of historical expressionism in which the pictorial movement primes, leaving large areas empty or on the opposite a saturation of irregular lines, a collection of minor tads or of larger flat tints where the juxtaposition generates specific colour sensations. The works display a radical and free-use of colour and line, as well as a self-confident testing with composition, scale and substantial structure. Each painting showcases Breiling’s developed artistic bravura that, over a period of several years, has grown into a unique personal language of colour, line and form. 

Andrea Marie Breiling has shown in numerous international solo and group exhibitions including: Have you loved me for the last time (Laid Bare) – Night Gallery, Los Angeles, CA, USA, 2018, Killers Three – Pøst Gallery, Los Angeles, CA, USA, 2018, Oil and Water Show – Skibum MacArthur, Los Angeles, CA, USA, 2017 and Girls Just Wanna Have Fun – Galleri Urbane, Dallas, TX, USA, 2015. IN 2014 She has been awarded with the Albert B Friedman Grant, Claremont Graduate University, Claremont, CA, USA and the TA Fellowship by the Pitzer College, Claremont Graduate University, Claremont, CA, USA.