ANSELM REYLEGerman b. 1970

Provenance:
Almine Rech Gallery, Brussels
Acquired from the above by a private collector, 2008
Collection of Santiago Barberi Gonzalez, New York

ANSELM REYLEGerman b. 1970

Anselm Reyle is a German abstract artist currently practicing in Berlin. While his early interests were in landscape design and music, he is celebrated for his specialisation in painting and sculpture. After studying at the Staatliche Akademie der Bildenden Künste, Stuttgart and at the Staatliche Akademie der Bildenden Künste, Karlsruhe, Reyle co-founded an artist’s co-operative gallery, "Andersen’s Wohnung" with Dirk Bell and Thilo Heinzmann. The enterprise was well-received, and Reye was subsequently awarded a number of teaching posts including the Staatlichen Akademie der Bildenden Künste, Karlsruhe, Universität der Künste, Berlin.

Inspired by early abstract painter Otto Freundlich and using techniques innovated by Jackson Pollock and Barnett Newman, Reyle self-consciously revives aspects such as Hard-Edged stripes and the gestural brushstrokes of Abstract Expressionism. His abstract sculptures and paintings are frequently made with fluorescent colours, found objects, and shiny common materials including foil, glitter, and mirrors. In 2011, Reyle made his affinity for popular culture explicit, designing accessories for fashion house Dior.