Marcel Eichner

Germany 1977

Abstract Art

Marcel Eichner
Marcel Eichner
July 18, 2014
Jean is researcher and author for Widewalls.

Marcel Eichner is German artist who was born in 1977, in Siegburg, Germany. From 1998 to 2004 he studied at the Kunstakademie, Dusseldorf, under Professor Jorg Immendorff, and now lives and works in Berlin. Eichner’s paintings have a powerful abstract presence, with a refined sense of color and line, creating a web of intriguing content on a mysterious stage.

There are artists who demonstrate early in life an uncanny feeling for the fluid wanderings of a drawn line which directs their imagination and intimate dreams. Eichner’s line meanders on the canvas, creating as it passes fragile personages and grotesque creatures, and when it rests there is a world filled with nightmarish scenes and mad demons. Fortunately, a glimmer of humor within these complex, imaginative compositions gives us a reprieve from the chaos and intensity within.

It does not feel like a rational, organized universe, but rather one in which everything is in freefall; perspective, scale, objects with an almost manic force running the show. However, the composition and line keep everything under control and balance within the canvases. There are echoes of Grosz, Klee, Ensor.

Evidence of psychological revelations in painting are more in keeping with a 20th century European tradition of analysis, but in this respect Eichner has a connection to Jackson Pollack’s intuitive search for form and line to express his subconscious feelings.

In Marcel Eichner’s paintings, bizarre figures move in surreal rooms. In his complex compositions, familiar settings, quotidian situations and banal storylines constantly reappear. Until now Eichner has positioned his actors predominantly in closed rooms, now he is moving his scenarios outside, in which he depicts fractions of landscapes, lakes, shores or buildings. At the same time he merges quotes of autobiographical and modern or art-historical context, which he sporadically compliments with single words or word creations.

The technical mediums which Marcel Eichner uses are just as multilayered, dynamic and rich in variety as the content of his works. With zeal he welcomes all the different options that painting has to offer. Eichner combines ink with acrylic and gouache, he juxtaposes iridescent primary colors and elsewhere he uses mixed colors which then again melt into each other. White and back accentuate the linear outline of his figures and at the same time are also used dominantly to cover large areas of the paintings in a pictorial way.

Marcel Eichner lives and works in Berlin.

YearExhibition TitleGallery/MuseumSolo/Group 
2014Marcel Eichner. Act with four legsContemporary Fine Arts , Berlin, GermanySolo
2014Black MarketLehrter Siebzehn, BerlinGroup
2014Spring Group ShowMcKee Gallery, New York City, NYGroup
2014Winter Group ShowMcKee Gallery, New York City, NYGroup
2014All a Tremulous Heart RequiresZieherSmith, New York, NYGroup
2013Marcel EichnerMcKee Gallery , New York, USASolo
2013The villa Schoningen picturesVilla Schoningen , Potsdam, GermanySolo
2013Fall Group ShowMcKee Gallery , New York, USAGroup
2013ACCROCHAGEContemporary Fine Arts , Berlin, GermanyGroup
2013One Fine Day (Auction)Contemporary Fine Arts , Berlin, GermanyGroup
2013Cinque Garzoni IIPiccola Germania - Cinque Garzoni, VeniceGroup
2013SymbiosisAki Gallery, TaipeiGroup
2012Marcel EichnerContemporary Fine Arts , Berlin, GermanySolo
2012KIDSContemporary Fine Arts , Berlin, GermanyGroup
2012Alles WasserGalerie Mikael Andersen, BerlinGroup
2012SØR Rusche Sammlung: Eros & ThanatosWerkschauhalle, LeipzigGroup
2012Foreign ExcursionsMcKee Gallery, New York City, NYGroup
2012Marcel Eichner / Dash SnowContemporary Fine Arts , Berlin, GermanySolo
2011Eye contact, collection SOR RuscheAnhalt Art Gallery , Dessau, GermanyGroup
2011Lets Party For A Piece Of ArtPinakothek der Moderne, MunichGroup
20108x ElmerContemporary Fine Arts , Berlin, GermanySolo
2010Self-ConsciousnessVW (VeneKlasen / Werner), Berlin, GermanyGroup
2010Blickkontakte - Niederländische Portraits des 17.Anhaltische Gemäldegalerie, DessauGroup
2009People Pictures 1620/2009 - Contemporary portraits encounter old Dutch PortraitsLiesborn Abbey Museum , Wadersloh, GermanyGroup
2009Small WorldE105 - Berlin , Berlin, GermanyGroup
2008UntitledElectoral gardener's house , Bonn, GermanySolo
2008UntitledGallery at Metropolitan Museum , Dusseldorf , GermanySolo
2008Project FluxArt Museum of the Sichuan University , Chengdu, ChinaGroup
2008Demolition Milk798 Art District, TS1 Gallery , Beijing, ChinaGroup
2008New German Contemporary ArtAki Gallery, TaipeiGroup
2007New Art Show 2007Haus der Kunst, Munich, GermanyGroup
2007Work of Class - From monkeys and horsesLudwig Museum in the German mansion, Koblenz, GermanyGroup
2007Itinera NovaGalerie im Kunsthof Hintersdorf, Berlin (closed)Group
2006UntitledGolkar Gallery , Cologne, GermanySolo
2006MiddleFree Munich and German artistry eV , Munich, GermanyGroup
2005UntitledHenla Gallery , Cologne, GermanySolo
2004Villa de BankEnschede , NetherlandsSolo
2004Fujur im FederbettArt & Henle, Berlin (closed, 2004)Group