In recent years, the painting works of Kaspar Kägi have graced the Australian art scene with an original visual language that is unlike any other artist currently in practice. Pacing between graphic illustration and traditional painting, Kägi’s heightened hues and weightless forms hurl the still life genre to a place unexplored by his contemporaries. At moments well-rounded, on occasion flat, the surface of Kägi’s paintings vibrate with energy and imagination. Every piece of this artists creative sensitivity is instilled in the fabric of these remarkable works.
Today it is our pleasure to open Altaurie, Kaspar Kägi’s second Michael Reid online exhibition.
Reminiscent of Japanese woodblock prints, the painting works of Kaspar Kägi are characterised by their delicate employment of acrylic paint. Rendered with methodical detail and achieved using paint marker pens that have had their ink replaced by hand mixed pigments, the compositions of Kägi’s still life paintings dispose of any unnecessary visual noise. Flowers, vessels, fruit and garden weeds are all reduced to their purest forms. Each painting from the studio of Kaspar Kägi can be identified by their compositional clarity, a clarity that is not lost in the complexity of his intricate painting methods.
Altaurie is Kaspar Kägi’s third exhibition with Michael Reid online, which follows his February 2021 sell out debut solo.
Kaspar Kägi was introduced to Michael Reid Sydney + Berlin followers when he participated in a curated group exhibition of contemporary artists working with high volume colour. NOW IN COLOUR, 2020 exhibited at Michael Reid Berlin, a show which launched just as the world’s attention was seized by the coronavirus pandemic. During this period Kaspar’s unique articulation of the still life genre inspired collectors in the USA, Europe and Australia.