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Germany 1959



December 16, 2016
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Tilman is a German artist whose comprehensive body of work includes painterly pieces, constructed environments and layered wall and floor-based objects. Regardless of the chosen medium in which he works, this author regularly relies on an abstract minimalistic language, leaving as much room as possible to the interpretations of the individual viewer. His technique investigates the ways of seeing and precepting, encouraging the observer to indulge in the fantasy of what may be beyond the surface of the piece. Besides working on his artistic creations, Tilman is also active as a curator. It should also be noted that Tilman is a founder and present curatorial advisor of Dolceacqua Arte Contemporanea (D.A.C.) in Italy, as well as a patron of Contemporary Non-Objective Art (CCNOA) in Brussels, Belgium.

Installation and sculpture works should be a part of our every day life and home
Tilman – Untitled (131.13), 2013 (Left) / Untitled (389.11), 2011 (Right)

Surprisingly Complex Art of Tilman

Tilman acquired his artistic education by studying at the Munich University of Applied Sciences and Design where he graduated in the year of 1978. Additionally, he also studied under Günter Fruhtrunk and Hans Baschang at the Munich Academy of Visual Art where he spent the years between 1981 and 1985. Such experiences have provided Tilman with an incredible control over his artistic vocabulary, a feature that served him extremely well in the long run. As it was already mentioned in the opening sentence, his work has an incredible range as Tilman has been tirelessly creating various aesthetic objects over the years. He authored countless paintings, drawings, prints, three-dimensional wall hangings, floor-wall objects and built environments, all of which enjoyed success on the art market. Tilman’s paintings, which can be interpreted as his ground-zero medium as it features most of this author’s characteristics, incorporate various materials including paint, lacquer and crayons, as well as rely on numerous kinds of surfaces including vellum, MDF and aluminum. Tilman’s three-dimensional wall hangings are also created upon MDF and aluminum surfaces. These pieces are mostly based on a concept of providing a primary frontal plane while also creating new spatial possibilities beyond that primary level. Interestingly, Tilman’s vellum pieces offer similar visual arrangements of space as their compositions of color and form interact with light and have a tendency of re-ordering the visual environment. Tilman has exhibited extensively both in the solo and group exhibitions held across the galleries of Europe, Asia, Australia and the United States.

Tilman may have a seemingly simplistic way of painting his elements, but the concept behind them is far from oversimplified

Tilman - Flat View (68,12), 2012 (Left) ----- Untitled View (257,11), 2011 (Right)
Tilman – Flat (68,12), 2012 (Left) / Untitled (257,11), 2011 (Right)

His Inspirations

Unsurprisingly, Tilman finds most of his inspiration within the concepts of Concrete Art and Minimalism. His pieces may use a seemingly simple vocabulary, but they are very effective at seeding curiosity within the minds of the audience, encouraging them to seek forms, compositions, colors and other sensory impressions. Via such a concept, Tilman allows for the elements of his pieces to take on a new, non-objective presence. This author’s visual language does tend to get quite complex on a conceptual level, despite having a rather simplistic way of composing.

This artist is represented by IdeelArt.

Tilman lives and works in New York City and Dolceacqua, Italy.

Featured image: Tilman – Untitled (House of Colors), 2008 – Image courtesy of IdeelArt
All other images courtesy of the artist

YearExhibition TitleGallery/MuseumSolo/Group
2016Run, Run, RunHalle sud du chantier Sang neuf, Nice Group
2016On PaperMinus Space, New York City, NY Group
2016Sculpture En PartageFondation Villa Datris, L´Isle-sur-la-Sorgue Group
2016Julian Dashper & FriendsProject Space, Amsterdam Group
2015Dessins Et Petits FormatsGalerie Djeziri-Bonn, Paris Group
2015Archi-SculptureFondation pour la Sculpture Contemporaine, L´Isle-sur-la-SorgueGroup
2015Sunday in the park with EdDisplay Gallery, London Group
2014Autour Du DessinGalerie Djeziri-Bonn Linard, Paris Group
2014A 15 Years Anniversary Exhibition DeservicegarageProject Space, Amsterdam Group
2014Greet Billet, Kjell Bjørgeengen and TilmanKunstverein Mönchengladbach, Mönchengladbach Group
201430-30: Iap Image Archive ProjectA | B | C ontemporary, Zurich Group
2014Shelf ShowGalleri Tom Christoffersen, Copenhagen Group
2013TilmanGalerie Djeziri-Bonn, Paris Solo
2013Vis-à-vis New York-MarseilleGalerie Arnaud Deschin, Marseille Solo
2013Radio Vallebona (Transmission #1)Minus Space, New York City, NY Solo
2013Light Space Project: Rituals Of Exhibition IIH Gallery Chiang Mai, Chiang Mai Group
2012All I need6b, Elingen Group
2012ZomeropstellingGalerie Rob de Vries, Haarlem Group
2012Mix 2012Galerie Rob de Vries, Haarlem Group
2012AccrochageGallery Sonja Roesch, Houston, TX Group
2011z.t.Galerie Rob de Vries, Haarlem Group
2011Sugar Mountain, associations with an exhibition titleGalerie Van den Berge, Goes Group
2010Julian Dashper (1960-2009): It Is LifeMinus Space, New York City, NY Group
2010With your Eyes Only @ YumYUM, Brussels Group
2010My eyes keep me in troubleHalle sud du chantier Sang neuf, Nice Group
2010composite visionsCentre d'Art Neuchâtel, Neuchâtel Group
2009TilmanEric Linard Editions, La Garde Adhémar Solo
2009WITH YOUR EYES ONLY. Display Reduktive KunstKunstverein Medienturm, Graz Group
2009SIX YEARSMcBRIDE FINE ART, Kalmthout Group
2009Concrete Now! Introducing PSHighland Institute of Contemporary Art, Dalcrombie, Inverness-shire, Scotland Group
2009plein tube sur la lumière et la couleurGuy Ledune, Brussels Group
2009mypainting.nuLokaal 01 Breda, Breda Group
2009PS 1999-2009Kunstruimte 09, Groningen Group
2009Accrochage Reductive and conceptual artGallery Sonja Roesch, Houston, TX Group
2008TilmanMcBRIDE FINE ART, Kalmthout Solo
2008Tilman: objects, picturesHouse of Art, Ceské Budejovice Solo
2008Minus SpaceMoMA PS1, New York City, NY Group
2008International and National Projects Fall 2008MoMA PS1, New York City, NY Group
2008crox 269Croxhapox, Ghent Group
2008Leiden Assemblage No.1Galerie Le Petit Port, Leiden Group
2008MY EYES KEEP ME IN TROUBLEOld Central Post Office Building, Christchurch Group
2008Subset (Conical gets Shaghai‘d)Conical Inc, Melbourne, VIC Group
2008la vie en rondH29, Brussels Group
2008SNO 38Sydney Non Objective Group, Sydney, NSW Group
2008My Eyes Keep Me In TroubleSydney College of the Arts, Rozelle, NSW Group
2008UNDER THE SURFACERC de Ruimte, IJmuiden Group
2008Dan Walsh, and more…La Salle de bains, Lyon Group
2007UND JetztIS Projects, Leiden Group
2007SNO 32Sydney Non Objective Group, Sydney, NSW Group
2007Pas de soucis...Non Objectif Sud (NOS), Tulette Group
2006Tilman: Look AwryKunstnernes Hus, Oslo Solo
2006Multimedia Space: Early FabricatedCenter for Contemporary Non-Objective Art, Brussels Group
2006Double Exposure : A Dialogue between abstract Painting & PhotographyCenter for Contemporary Non-Objective Art, Brussels Group
2006Matthew Deleget, Daniel Levine and TilmanGallery Sonja Roesch, Houston, TX Group
2006Non Objectif Sud 06Non Objectif Sud (NOS), Tulette Group
2006Take OffHebel 121, Basel Group
20062 StepsKunstnernes Hus, Oslo Group
2006Painted ObjectsCenter for Contemporary Non-Objective Art, Brussels Group
2006Und (groupshow by Billy Gruner En Jan Van Der Ploeg)Chiellerie, Amsterdam Group
2005Tilman: Einsicht in die Werkreihe 'andenken'Stiftung für Konkrete Kunst, Reutlingen Solo
2005Means Without EndGuild & Greyshkul, New York City, NY Group
2005PaintedObjectsProject Space, Amsterdam Group
2005Early FabricatedOcular Lab Inc., Melbourne, VIC Group
2005Marcus Bering, TilmanH29, Brussels Group
2005SNO 2Sydney Non Objective Group, Sydney, NSW Group
2005Minimal PopGalerie les filles du calvaire, Paris Group
2004Main Spaces I &II: Molti MultipliCenter for Contemporary Non-Objective Art, Brussels Group
2004Yellow Pages et autre projects du Team 404Musée d´art moderne et contemporain, Geneva Group
2003PS 1999-2003RAID Projects, Los Angeles, CA Group
2003Main Spaces I & II: Tilman with Johan VandermaelenCenter for Contemporary Non-Objective Art, Brussels Group
2003Yellow PagesTurmgalerie 333, Helmstedt Group
2001WOPProject Space, Amsterdam Group
2000Tilman: ConstellationsProject Space, Amsterdam Solo
2000Main Spaces I & II: TilmanCenter for Contemporary Non-Objective Art, Brussels Solo
1999Project Space: TilmanCenter for Contemporary Non-Objective Art, Brussels Solo
1998Main Spaces I & II: 9 + 1: works on paper & sculptureCenter for Contemporary Non-Objective Art, Brussels Group