Jens Heller

Germany 1966


Jens Heller
Jens Heller
January 3, 2016
Alias of Jasmina Sevic, a researcher and author for Widewalls. She graduated from the Faculty of Political Science (Department for Journalism) in Belgrade in 2013.

Jens Heller is a German artist who creates paintings that deal with big issues, including life and death, with a sense of humor or absurdity. In his distinctive and whimsical works on canvas, the artist uses a sharp contrast in light and shadow to isolate his subjects and heighten their emotional tension. Using highly rendered visual texture, sheen and reflective surfaces, he creates visually rich paintings, that seem to be imaginary and visionary.

Still Life

J.Heller - Metaphysical Mistake, 2013 (Left) / Still Life With Skull, 2013 (Right)
Jens Heller – Metaphysical Mistake, 2013 (Left) / Still Life With Skull, 2013 (Right)

Although his painting techniques are quite baroque, the themes he deals with are very modern, complex and a bit absurd. In one of his most famous series of paintings titled Archonten, the main subject is a demonic creature that has been taken from the mythological tales and brought into the real life through his artworks. In the other series he often depicts bees, hedgehogs, wasps and similar little beings with their own mysterious life that invite viewers in for closer inspection of the paintings.


J.Heller - Archont - Cheap Show, 2014 (Left) / Archont Nimmt Ein Bad, 2012 (Right)
Jens Heller – Archont – Cheap Show, 2014 (Left) / Archont Nimmt Ein Bad, 2012 (Right)

Born in 1966, in Oldenburg, a city in the state of Lower Saxony, Germany, Heller obtained a degree in Literature and Philosophy in Hamburg in 1994, as well as in Sculpture and Painting in Ottersberg near Bremen in 1998.

His first solo exhibition was presented in Gallery Open in 2011. Since than, he had solo shows in Galleri Brænderigarden, Horsens, Denmark in 2014 and Greskewitz-Kleinitz Gallery, Hamburg, Germany in 2015. Heller’s work has been included in more than fifty collective shows in galleries throughout Germany and beyond including Rockelmann &, Berlin; whatulookinart, Berlin; Galleri Oxholm, Copenhagen; Galerie Kuhn, Lilienthal, and others.

The artist is represented by Rockelmann & located in Germany’s capital. In November 2014 his paintings were included in duo show Complex Relationships in the Berlin gallery. Featuring artworks by Heller and Chicago-based artist Megan Stroech the exhibition was on view through January 17, 2015.

The Hedgehog People

Jens Heller - The Hedgehog People II - At Night, Mische, 2013 (Left) / The Hedgehog People IV - Model 2, Mische, 2013 (Right)
Jens Heller – The Hedgehog People II – At Night, Mische, 2013 (Left) / The Hedgehog People IV – Model 2, Mische, 2013 (Right)

Jens Heller is based in Berlin.

Featured image – Jans Heller – Alas Europa (I) – Europa In The Forest Glade (detail), 2013
All images courtesy © the artist

YearExhibition TitleMuseum/GallerySolo/Group
2015StadtSicht - WeitSichtwhatulookinart, BerlinGroup
2015Painted – Gemalt – PeintKunstverein Bad Salzdetfurth, GermanyGroup
2015Wahn + SenseGreskewitz-Kleinitz Gallery, HamburgSolo
2014Complex Relationships, Jens Heller & Megan StroechRockelmann &, BerlinGroup
2014Insect, and Divided City-Divided Citywhatulookinart, BerlinGroup
2014Copenhagen Art FairGalleri Oxholm, CopenhagenGroup
2014Art consequencesWorpswede, GermanyGroup
2014The Empty CartridgeCastle Neuschweinsteiger, BerlinGroup
2014Jens HellerGalleri Brænderigarden, Horsens, DenmarkSolo
2013(e) merge Art Fair, Rockelmann &Washington DCGroup
2013Ten plus TwoCap San Diego, HamburgGroup
2013Pictures Performance The swinging banks, with Theo Hafenstrasse, HamburgGroup
2013IntroductionGallery Rockelmann &, BerlinGroup
20121. Biennale HamburgHamburgGroup
2011The Espace ComminesParisGroup
2011ARTAQ Art FestivalAngers, FranceGroup
2011New Works - New WorksGallery Open, BerlinSolo
2010Human Architecture - Conceptual interpretationGallery Open, BerlinGroup
2009Light - Shadow - The ArtKunstverein Potsdam eV KunsthausGroup
2009Exhibition of Vanitas seriesGalerie Rossella Junck, Venice, ItalyGroup
2009INCANTATOGalerie Rossella Junck, BerlinGroup
2009illuminato, with Jens Gussek (glass sculptures)Galerie Rossella Junck, BerlinGroup
2008International annual exhibitionKunstverein Bad SalzdetfurthGroup
2007ContinuoGalerie Rossella Junck, BerlinGroup
2007The sheep - The SheepGalerie Kuhn, BerlinGroup
2006Exhibition of Julius Weiland (Glass Sculptures)Galerie Rossella Junck, BerlinGroup
2006The ElephantGalerie Kuhn, BerlinGroup
2005The FrogGalerie Kuhn, Berlin and LilienthalGroup
2005UnknownGallery Lochte, HamburgGroup
2005Cool XmasGalerie Kuhn, BerlinGroup
2003UnknownGallery Lochte, HamburgGroup
2001UnknownGalerie Kuhn, BerlinGroup
2001FramfabRepsold-Haus, HamburgGroup
2001UnknownGalerie Kuhn, LilienthalGroup
2000UnknownGalerie Kuhn, LilienthalGroup
1999UnknownGallery 7-8 Mercy, HamburgGroup
1999UnknownGalerie Kuhn, LilienthalGroup
1999UnknownGallery Period, OldenburgGroup
1999UnknownGalerie Kuhn, BerlinGroup
1999Art For TomorrowMultimedia center Rothenbaumchaussee, HamburgGroup
1998UnknownGallery Eye Style, HamburgGroup
1998UnknownGallery ATLANTIS, WorpswedeGroup
1998UnknownAtelierhof, BremenGroup
1998UnknownGallery 13, HamburgGroup
1998UnknownGalerie Kuhn, LilienthalGroup
1997UnknownGallery 13, HamburgGroup
1996UnknownGallery 13, HamburgGroup
1995UnknownGallery 13, HamburgGroup
1995First choiceThe Hamburg Kunstverein, HamburgGroup
1994UnknownGallery KM 235, HamburgGroup
1992UnknownGallery STEK, BerlinGroup
1991Group 54HamburgGroup
1990Cop ArtBahnhof Neustadt, BremenGroup