Jens Fange - Play within a Play, 2012 (detail)

Jens Fange / Jens Fänge

August 2, 2013

A Swedish visual artist, Jens Fänge works at the intersection of the early-twentieth-century practice of collage and the ancient art of shadow play. He is best known for a surrealistic matryoshka-like aesthetic, which consists of assembling paintings within paintings.

Born in 1965 in Gothenburg, Sweden, Fänge lives and works in Stockholm. He graduated from The Valand Academy of Fine Arts, Gothenburg, Sweden and Hovedskous School of Painting, Gothenburg, Sweden. He has exhibited internationally, for including Berlin, Paris, New York, Seuol and Hong Kong, and has participated in the Venice Biennale and Art Basel. His works are included in collections at Moderna Museet, Stockholm, Museet for Samtidskunst, Oslo, Norway, and Gothenburg Museum of Art, Sweden, among others.

The composite works of Jens Fänge encompasses an entire hierarchy of genres, combining iconic portraits, still lifes, domestic interiors, cityscapes, and landscapes with geometric abstractions, all rendered with a variety of media and materials, including oil paint, pencil, vinyl, cardboard, and fabric on panel. Comprised of multiple overlapping stage-like layers of representations, these works present an endless maze of shifting perspectives, not only within each composition but also within each series as a whole. His works possess a certain dynamism, whether through flat, patterned fields or perspectives that challenge the eye.

Featured image: Jens Fänge - Play within a Play, 2012 (detail). Oil on linen. 181 x 210 cm. 71 1/4 x 82 11/16 in. Unique. Photo courtesy Perrotin