An American artist, Monique van Genderen engages with materiality, surface, and the language of Modernist abstraction in a diverse range of paintings and wall installations. She concerns herself with surface quality and color, creating varying levels of reflection and transparency in her work.
Born in Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada, Van Genderen currently lives and works in Los Angeles, CA. She received her Bachelor of Arts degree from the University of California at San Diego in 1987 and her Master of Fine Arts degree from the California Institute of the Arts in Valencia, California in 1991. She has had numerous solo exhibitions, including those at Miles McEnery Gallery, New York, NY; Festsaal, Hochschule für Grafik und Buchkunst Leipzig, Leipzig, Germany; Susanne Vielmetter Los Angeles Projects, Culver City, CA; TAI Modern, Santa Fe, New Mexico; Galerie Michael Janssen, Berlin, Germany; D’Amelio Gallery, New York, NY; Efferate, Milan, Italy; The Happy Lion, Los Angeles, CA; and Hammer Projects, UCLA Hammer Museum, Los Angeles, CA, among others.
In her practice, van Genderen expands the legacy of Abstract Expressionism by introducing elements of commercial design and modern painting sensibilities to explore painting as a discipline. Her work has been compared to works by Helen Frankenthaler, Robert Motherwell, and Lorser Feitelson. In addition to her painting practice, she also creates large wall installations composed of pieces of textured adhesive.
Featured image: Monique van Genderen - Untitled, 2013 (detail). Oil and pigment on linen. 38 × 35 1/2 in. 96.5 × 90.2 cm. Photo courtesy Miles McEnery Gallery