Paradise Lost


Oil, acrylic, pencil, wax

203.2 x 152.4 cm | 80 x 60 in



Dirt, pigment on collaged canvas and linen, steel frame

213 x 142 cm | 83 7/8 x 55 7/8 in


Volker Hüller’s work invites associations from the viewer that range from citing Expressionism, Modernism, to Bauhaus, to Cubist influences, especially in an age when art historical images have never been so accessible for the spectator to project on a work. While Hüller himself states that influences from art history dating back to the turn of the 20th century are “a good farmer’s market to get some ingredients for your stew”, it is actually not quite so singular, as observed by Daniel Kunitz when he writes: “.. it is not the reference to motifs or characteristic traits of style but much more the search for solutions to the problems concerning Hüller in his pictures; the tension between abstraction and figuration, as well as the treatment of a pictures surface.”

The treatment of the surface is of special importance in Hüller’s work. At a very early stage he starts adding various materials to the ground of his paintings and they have various functions; they change the surface, but also influence the composition, undermining the more literal shapes and painted forms, or are used to reinforce the more formal linear structure.

Volker Hüller (1976 Forchheim, DE) lives and works in Brooklyn, NY. He studied under the late Norbert Schwontkowski at the Academy of Fine Arts, Hamburg. Hüller’s work is included in the collections of The Museum of Modern Art, New York (US); Saatchi Gallery, London (UK) and the Israel Museum, Jerusalem (IL), as well as many private collections. His exhibitions include solo shows at Timothy Taylor, London (UK); Produzentengalerie, Hamburg (DE); Eleven Rivington, New York (US); GRIMM, Amsterdam (NL); and group shows at Museum Weserburg, Bremen (DE); Nicelle Beauchene, New York (US); Saatchi Gallery, London (UK); and the Falckenberg Collection, Hamburg (DE).

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Volker Hüller


Volker Hüller

Artist: Volker Hüller Year: 2017 Publisher: Skira editore S.p.A., Milano (IT) Authors: Scott Indrisek, Tony Godfrey Design: Luigi Fiore Hardcover: 103 pages Size: 29 x 21.5 cm ISBN: 9788857232843

Volker Hueller

Artist: Volker Hüller Year: 2012 Publisher: Snoeck, Cologne (DE) Authors: Margrit Brehm, Daniel Kunitz Design: Sarah Nöllenheidt, buero noc, Berlin Hardcover: 122 pages Size: 29 x 21.5 cm ISBN: 9783864420061