A Swiss contemporary artist, Ian Anüll is known for his performance and conceptual work, ranging from critical to humorous, that evokes everyday life and consumer culture. His trademark practice involves stamping ® onto his canvases, allowing him to appropriate found objects and images.
Born in Sempach (LU), Switzerland, Anüll works and lives in Zurich, Switzerland. He exhibited internationally, including venues such as the Gallery Urs Meile in Beijing, China, the Centre Culturel Suisse in Paris, France, Kunsthalle Giessen, Germany, Kunstmuseum Solothurn, Switzerland, Foto Forum St. Gallen, St. Gallen, Switzerland, Fri-Art, Centre d'art contemporain, Fribourg, Switzerland, Kunsthalle Zürich, Switzerland and the Centre Genevois de Gravure Contemporaine, Geneva, Switzerland. He represented Switzerland in the 1991 Biennale in Sao Paulo, Brazil. He received the Meret Oppenheim Prize for contemporary art in 2002.
Working in a variety of techniques and media, from photography to sculpture and installations, the artist transforms the everyday with his practice. The materials he uses are often found objects, sourced from the worlds of consumerism, mass media, signs and nature. Delving beneath the superficiality, he addresses and subtly undermines complex issues, forging new connections and exploring new contexts.
Featured image: Ian Anüll - Doppelpropper, 2007 (detail). Screen print on newspaper on canvas. 22 1/5 × 26 1/10 × 4/5 in. 56.4 × 66.3 × 2 cm. Photo courtesy Mai 36 Galerie