Troels Carlsen, photo credits - Opaque Journal, painter

Troels Carlsen/ Troels Carlsen

Denmark 1973

Installation, Painting, Drawing, Figurative Art

www.troelscarlsen.com

Troels Carlsen
Troels Carlsen
Male
Denmark
1973

Troels Carlsen is a Danish artist who works in a wide range of media including collage, illustration and installation. Inspired by skateboarding culture, Carlsen discovered graffiti in the mid-eighties. Primarily focusing on skating, he didn’t take his drawing seriously until his early twenties.

Troels Carlsen’s Figurative Paintings

Inspired by the human condition, especially how art has captured human life over the last couple centuries, Copenhagen-based artist has developed a figurative, sublimely precise and intimately surreal style which often revolves around our historical and biological heritage. With an emphasis on paper works and installation, Carlsen is focused on human relation to the animal world. His multi-level pieces combine elements of landscape, science and portraiture, and are made in an almost poetic way.

Troels Carlsen - Small Amounts over a Long Periode of Time # 2, 2012, photo credits - artist, paperwork
Troels Carlsen – Small Amounts over a Long Periode of Time # 2, 2012, photo credits – artist

Carlsen’s Paintings within Paintings

Starting with vintage anatomical charts, maps and antique book pages, Troels doesn’t just cut them out and use as a collage, but rather utilizes them as a canvas on which he adds painted forms and figures building images. Looking as if one piece bursts out of the next, his works usually include images within images. Though he uses scientific illustrations, the artist adds his own imagery, attaching his painting as a window into a new world of unusual anthropological images.

Troels Carlsen - This is Built by Time, 2015, (left), Troels Carlsen - Who Does Not Know Yet, 2013, (right), photo credits - artist, paperwork
Troels Carlsen – This is Built by Time, 2015, (left) / Troels Carlsen – Who Does Not Know Yet, 2013, (right), photo credits – artist

Sipping from the Mirrors

In 2012 Troels Carlsen presented his collection of lithographs at the V1 Gallery in Copenhagen. Entitled Sipping from the Mirrors, a series of 12 lithographs highlighted the skilful, unique detailing and distinctive style that Carlsen has perfected during his career. Juxtaposing monkey and man, the artist explores ideas of humanity, nature and duality, incorporating his early creative intrigue with a symbolical monkey figure, and exposing the fragility in the idea of a unified truth. Fascinated with monkeys, these creatures feature quite a lot in a range of Carlsen’s oeuvre.
Another limited edition of these lithographs were originally shown at the VOLTASHOW art fair in Basel in 2010.

Troels Carlsen - Untitled, from the Sipping from the Mirrors series, 2012, photo credits - Dazed Digital, lithographs
Troels Carlsen – Untitled, from the Sipping from the Mirrors series, 2012

Insight & Illusion at the Museum Krydsfelt

In February 2015, Troels Carlsen held his first museum exhibition of retrospective character Insight & Illusion at the Museum Krydsfelt in Skive, Denmark. Presenting paintings, installations, collages and works on paper which has been made since the early 2000s, it was also Carlsen’s first museum exhibition and the first major presentation in Western Denmark.

Troels Carlsen - Insight & Illusion show at Museum Krydsfelt in Skive, Denmark, 2015, installation view
Troels Carlsen – Insight & Illusion show at Museum Krydsfelt in Skive, Denmark, 2015, installation view

Represented by V1 Gallery in Copenhagen, Troels Carlsen has participated in many solo and group shows at galleries worldwide, including Galerie Jarmuschek+Partner, Berlin, Gallery Chips, Copenhagen, Galeria Valle Orti, Valencia, Y Gallery, New York, Torrance Art Museum, Los Angeles, and Guerrero Gallery, San Francisco.
Carlsen’s work has been praised and collected around the world. In 2014, he has been shortlisted for the Carnegie Art Award 2014.

Troels Carlsen lives and works in Copenhagen, Denmark.



YearExhibition TitleMuseum/GallerySolo/Group
2015The Remains of DisappearanceFoundation Aldega, Amelia, ItalySolo
2015Insight & Illusion ( Retrospective) Museum Krydsfelt, Skive, DenmarkSolo
2014The Ten Thousand ThingsY Gallery, New York, USASolo
2014My Treasure - Art in private collectionsHolstebro Museum of art, Holstebro, DenmarkGroup
2014Et Brask Spark, works from an art collection by art collector Jens Peter BraskMunkeruphus Museum, DenmarkGroup
2014PaperMunch Gallery, New York, USAGroup
2014DjangoFranz Pedersen Gallery, Horsens, DenmarkGroup
2014PARCw. Y Gallery, Lima, PeruGroup
2014Art Herningw V1 Gallery, Herning, DenmarkGroup
2014VOLTASHOWw V1 Gallery, Basel, SwitzerlandGroup
2013Mute AppealV1 Gallery, Copenhagen, DenmarkSolo
2013Summer ReadingThe Hole, New York, USAGroup
2013Chicken or BeefThe Hole, New York, USAGroup
2013In Case We Don`t DieThe Torrance Art Museum, Los Angeles, USAGroup
2013NudesGuerrero Gallery, San Fransisco, USAGroup
2013Works of PaperDavidson Contemporary, New York, USAGroup
2013Kill Two Birds With One StoneCharlotte Fogh Gallery, Aarhus, DenmarkGroup
2013ARCOw. Galeria Valle Orti, Madrid, SpainGroup
2013Art Herningw V1 Gallery, Herning, DenmarkGroup
2012Sipping From the MirrorV1 Gallery, Copenhagen, DenmarkSolo
2012The Armory ShowV1 Gallery, New York, USAGroup
2012ARCOw. Galeria Valle Orti, Madrid, SpainGroup
2012MACOGaleria Valle Orti, MexicoGroup
2012Art CologneV1 Gallery, Cologne, GermanyGroup
2012VOLTA SHOWV1 Gallery, Basel, SwitzerlandGroup
2012Art CopenhagenV1 Gallery, Copenhagen, DenmarkGroup
2012Tonight we won`t be boredV1 Gallery, Copenhagen, DenmarkGroup
2012Art Herningw V1 Gallery, Herning, DenmarkGroup
2011My Life Has ItGaleria Valle Orti, Valencia, SpainSolo
2011Fate Takes a HandV1 Gallery, Copenhagen, DenmarkSolo
2011Con Amore-Djurhuus CollectionAROS Museum, DenmarkGroup
2011A Paper TrailDe Warande, Turnhout, BeligiumGroup
2011VOLTASHOWV1 Gallery, Basel, Switzerland Group
2011Art CopenhagenV1 Gallery, Copenhagen, DenmarkGroup
2011VoltaV1 Gallery, Basel, SwitzerlandGroup
2011Art AmsterdamGalerie Jarmuschek+Partner, Berlin, GermanyGroup
2011MACOGaleria Valle Orti, MexicoGroup
2011ArtBrusselsV1 Gallery, Copenhagen, BelgiumGroup
2011OneShotKulturhuset, Ikast. DenmarkGroup
2011Whats He Building In ThereFuse Gallery, New York, USAGroup
2011Status - Somewhere Between Position and ConditionV1 Gallery, Copenhagen, DenmarkGroup
2011ARCOw. Galeria Valle Orti, Madrid, SpainGroup
2010Man You AllGalerie Jarmuschek+Partner, Berlin, GermanySolo
2010Preview BerlinGalerie Jarmuschek+Partner, Berlin, GermanyGroup
2010Art CopenhagenV1 Gallery, Copenhagen, DenmarkGroup
2010MACOw. Galeria Valle Orti, Mexico City, MexicoGroup
2010VOLTASHOW, Officially Selected Artist EditionV1 Gallery, BaselGroup
2010Paper MoonVoges Gallery, Frankfurt, GermanyGroup
2010OneShotAllmanna Galleriet 925, Stockholm, SwedenGroup
2010The Mentor ShowGroup Larm Gallery, Copenhagen, DenmarkGroup
2010ARCOw. Galeria Valle Orti, Madrid, SpainGroup
2009Volta NYV1 Gallery, New York, USASolo
2009OneShotWerkstette Group, Copenhagen, DenmarkGroup
2009Art CopenhagenCopenhagen, DenmarkGroup
2009Edition Copenhagen Retrospektiv 1959-2009Den Frie Udstillingsbygning, Copenhagen, DenmarkGroup
2009ARCOGaleria Valle Orti, Madrid, SpainGroup
2009ArtBrusselsV1 Gallery, Brussels, BelgiumGroup
2009VOLTASHOWV1 Gallery, Basel, SwitzerlandGroup
2008At Most SphereV1 Gallery, Copenhagen, DenmarkSolo
2008Destruction of AtlantisUnion Gallery, London, UKGroup
2008Art CopenhagenV1 Gallery booth, Copenhagen, DenmarkGroup
2008ZOO Art FairV1 Gallery booth, London, UKGroup
2008VOLTA SHOWV1 Gallery booth, Basel, SwitzerlandGroup
2007What Can a Desert Island Do?Seventeen Gallery, London, UKGroup
2007Mad Love - Young Art in Danish Private CollectionsARKEN Museum of Modern Art, Ishoj, Copenhagen, DenmarkGroup
2007Spitting ImageV1 Gallery, Copenhagen, DenmarkGroup
2007ZOO Art FairV1 Gallery booth, London, UKGroup
2007Preview BerlinV1 Gallery booth, Berlin, GermanyGroup
2007Art CopenhagenV1 Gallery booth, Copenhagen, DenmarkGroup
2007VOLTA SHOWV1 Gallery booth, Basel, SwitzerlandGroup
2007Paper Trails - New Adventures in DrawingV1 Gallery, Copenhagen, DenmarkGroup
2006Ape SavantV1 Gallery, Copenhagen, DenmarkSolo
2006The GiftBeaver Project, Copenhagen, DenmarkGroup
2006There is a U in UsV1 Gallery, Copenhagen, DenmarkGroup
2006EXPORTABLE GOODSGallery Krinzinger Projekte, Vienna, AustriaGroup
2006Preview BerlinV1 Gallery booth, Berlin, GermanyGroup
2006Art CopenhagenV1 Gallery booth, Copenhagen, DenmarkGroup
2006Stay Innw. V1 Gallery, Copenhagen, DenmarkGroup
2006DUNK. i DURUPDurup, DenmarkGroup
2006Wish You Were Here 5Gallery A.I.R., New York, USAGroup
2006The End, My FriendSpielhaus Morrison Galerie, Berlin, GermanyGroup
20063D WONDERSDUNK., Copenhagen, DenmarkGroup
2005LithographiesEdition Copenhagen, Copenhagen, DenmarkGroup
2005Art CopenhagenV1 Gallery booth, Copenhagen, DenmarkGroup
2005DNAGallery Edition Copenhagen, Copenhagen, DenmarkGroup
2005Wish You Were Here 2A.I.R. Gallery, New York, USAGroup
2005FramedV1 Gallery / Turbinen, Copenhagen, DenmarkGroup
2005Psionic Distortion #2Plum Blossoms Gallery, New York, USAGroup
2004Psionic DistortionGallery Super Deluxe, Tokyo, JapanGroup
2004Dagen Efter #2 (The Day After #2)The Danish Radiohouse P2 Kunstmagasinet, Copenhagen, DenmarkGroup
2004Art CopenhagenV1 Gallery booth, Copenhagen, DenmarkGroup
2004Summer Sucks - Art RocksV1 Gallery, Copenhagen, DenmarkGroup
2004Wish You Were HereGallery A.I.R., New York, USAGroup
2003So Why So SadGallery Chips, Copenhagen, DenmarkSolo
2003UnknownRevolver Gallery, Copenhagen, DenmarkGroup
2002Troels CarlsenRevolver Gallery, Copenhagen, DenmarkSolo
2002Faces of King AlcoholRundetaarn, Copenhagen, DenmarkGroup
2001REMIX en SceneU. Dybolsbro, Copenhagen, DenmarkGroup
1998TUBEKunsthallen Nicolaj (Copenhagen Contemporary Art Center), Copenhagen, DenmarkGroup
1996RecyGallerie B, Montpellier, FranceGroup