Detlef E. Aderhold is a contemporary abstract painter from Germany. The artist lives and works in Lueneburg.

German artist D.E.Aderhold’s painterly oeuvre is impressive not only because of its scope, but because of its great rigour, reflectiveness and intensity.
Any attempt to locate his painting within a conceptual system leads to the recognition that Aderhold’s work cannot be submitted to ordinary categorisations. With a stimulating ambiguity, he walks a fine line between figurative and abstract painting, between artistic intentionality, experimental openness and chance.The pre-representational, emotional quality of the color is fundamental to the mood of the image.Dynamism is a product of dissonance.—whether in the clash of acid green and crimson or in the visual clamor of hectic mark-making against a tranquil stain. These kinds of dissonances are found throughout Aderhold’s work and they bring to the fore a visual representation of his search for order in a seemingly disorderly world.The works are serious explorations of color, form and gesture.Through his work, Aderhold attempts to bring together those aspects of human experience which might seem irreconcilable. Cacophony and silence, chaos and order, gentleness and ferocity.Within the paintings, the familiar and everyday are transformed into a completely new and mysterious, idiosyncratic world.Though his work deals in duality, it is the unity of heart, mind and hand that makes Aderhold’s work coalesce into a a deeply generous and surprising field of visual experience.

Since his residency at the School of Visual Arts New York in 2014 he has participated in exhibitions and fairs in the United States, Canada and Europe. In 2017 his work was selected for the 165th Annual Open Exhibition of the Royal West of England Academy, in 2018 he was shortlisted for the Summer Exhibition of the Royal Academy of Arts, London and in 2019 he will be part of "Personal Structures" during the Biennale Venice.

He has become increasingly interested in the abstract/figurative divide as it relates to memory. A seemingly abstract form, found objects in a painting can trigger an emotional response from a person because it reminds them of something from their own history, that way Detlef can create an immediacy of experience for both himself and the viewer.

While creating his paintings, two processes are particularly important to him - on the one hand, there is the rapid, dynamic, and expressive part characterized by a largely unrestrained and spontaneous handling of paint and canvas. After preparing the ground of the painting with coffee or water, the colors selected beforehand are dripped, flung, and energetically scattered wet-on-wet across the canvas. This action-based element develops on the basis of preliminary plans and mental images recorded in sketches. These form a rough framework, an idea, that is to be realized. he often incorporates impressions, or frontage drawings directly on to the canvas.

These objects and materials leave their trace or impression in the wet ground and sometimes yield additional structures that he then works from.

The result of the initial process is taken up and further developed. This phase is more contemplative and calm. Here, he tries to immerse himself in the painting, pulling out small details that reveal themselves through his contemplation of the surface.

Spontaneity creates structure

"Detlef Aderhold’s colourful, enigmatic paintings refuse to submit to ordinary categorisations. With a stimulating ambiguity, they walk a fine line between figurative and abstract painting, between artistic intentionality, experiment and chance. The artist rejects not only definitive categories, but also explicit content. Instead, he unceasingly, rigorously and intensely investigates the possibilities of the image itself: its associative force, its autonomy and its immanent logic are given palpable form."

Dr Gabriele Himmelmann, art historian



Selected Group Exhibitions
2019 PERSONAL STRUCTURES, European Cultural Centre,Palazzo Bembo. Palazzo Mora and Giardini
Marinaressa, 58. Venice Art Biennale, Italy
Royal Academy of Arts Summer Exhibition, London, U.K., shortlisted
Small Works Exhibit, juried show by Lemonade Stand Gallery, TSKW Sanger Gallery
Key West Florida, U.S.
International Open Juried Online Exhibition, Society of Canadian Artists
FLUX Exhibition, National Army Museum London. U.K., curated by Lisa Gray
2018 The Other Art Fair Los Angeles, featured by Art Below, Los Angeles, U.S.
New Stories , Galerie Esfandiary, Lueneburg, Germany
3rd Art The Other Annual Artist`s Choice Exhibition August 2018, Fusion Art Gallery, U.S., juried show
Small Treasures, Inverness County Centre for the Arts, Nova Scotia, Canada, curated by Ray Cronin
Art Below Summer Show, Herrick Gallery, London, U.K., curated by Ben Moore
12 x 12 - Art work inspired by the LP Record Jacket, Huntington Arts Council, Huntington, Long Island,
U.S., curated by Beth Giacummo
FLUX EXHIBITION, Chelsea College of Arts, London, U.K., curated by Lisa Gray
Roy`s People Art Fair 2018, London, U.K.
The Other Art Fair, featured by Art Below, London, U.K.
2017 Royal West of England Academy 165t

Annual Open Exhibition,selected, Bristol, U.K.
Art Below Los Angeles and Sur Le Mur Gallery, Los Angeles,CA, U.S., juried show
3rd Annual Colorful Abstractions Art ExhibitionNovember 2017, Fusion Art Gallery,U.S., juried show
Dystopia, Patchogue Arts Council, Patchogue, Long Island, U.S., curated by John Cino& Beth Giacummo
Kabinett, Galerie 64, Bremen, Germany
Et Tu, Art Brute, Andrew Edlin Gallery, New York, U.S.
Roy`s People Art Fair 2017, London, U.K.
th Annual Abstract Catalyt Exhibition,Verum Ultimum Art Gallery, Portland, OR.,U.S, juried show
Limitless 2017, Federation of Canadian Artists, Vancouver, Canada, juried show
Still Life, Bauhaus Prairie Art Gallery, Newkirk, OK, curated by Caryl Morgan
ARTMUC with Folly & Muse (Germany), Munich, Germany
Immersion,Aderhold/Winbury, Heinrich Heine Haus, Lueneburg, Germany, curated by C.Althusmann
Art Madrid with Galleria Unique (Italy), Spain
Affordable Art Fair Milan, with Folly & Muse (Germany), Milan, Italy
2016 Luxembourg Art Fair with Galleria Unique(Italy), Luxembourg
St-Art ,Foire Europeenne D`Art Contemporain with Galleria Unique(Italy), Strasbourg, France
Paratissima Torino with Galleria Unique(Italy), Torino, Italy
Royal West of England Academy 164th Open Exhibition, preselected
3rd Annual Abstract Catalyst Exhibition, juried show,Verum Ultimum Art Gallery, Portland, OR.,U.S.
Nexus, Arts Guild New Jersey, Rahway, NJ, U.S. curated by Virginia Fabbri Butera, Ph.D.
Scope Basel with Alessandro Berni Gallery (Italy & U.S.), Basel, Switzerland
Small Works Exhibit, juried show, Lemonade Stand Gallery, Key West Florida, U.S.
Clio Art Fair, Chelsea New York, NY
Art Madrid with Galleria Unique (Italy), Spain
Art Innsbruck with Galleria Unique (Italy), Austria

2015 A Single Grain Of Rice, Galerie Metanoia, Paris , France
Affordable Art Fair Hamburg, with Folly & Muse (U.K.)
Affordable Art Fair London Battersea, with Folly & Muse, London U.K.
Moniker Projects London with Folly & Muse, London, U.K.
Group Exhibition of Winners “Secret Art Prize”, Curious Duke Gallery, London U.K.
Affordable Art Fair New York , with Galleria Ca` D`Oro, Rom-Miami-NYC
Berliner Liste, with Galleria Unique (Italy), Germany
IAM Pocket Sized, Islip Art Museum, East Islip, NY curated by Rhonda Cooper
Future and Behind, (Un)contemporary Art Exhibition, Venice, Italy
Liverpool Contemporary with Folly & Muse (U.K.)
Select Art Fair NYC with Alessandro Berni Gallery, New York, NY
Art Innsbruck, with Galleria Unique (Italy), Austria
Clio Art Fair, Rogue Space Chelsea, New York, NY
2014 Summer Residency Program Open Studio, School of Visual Arts, New York, NY
Berliner Liste, with Galerie im Zieglerhof, Germany
2013 International Summeracademy Venice (Italy) curated by Wolf Werdigier, Austria
Affordable Art Fair Hamburg, with Galerie im Zieglerhof, Germany
Selected Solo Exhibitions
2019 Lebenslinien (Lifelines), Heinrich- Heine-House,Lueneburg,Germany
2016 The Space Between, Galerie 64, Bremen, Germany
The Motherboard Project, Galerie Metanoia, Paris, France
Signs Part II,Galerie im Zieglerhof, Lueneburg, Germany, curated by Eric Sutphin
Multiplicity, Galleria Alessandro Berni, Perugia, Italy
2015 Villingili Open Studio, Shangri-La`s Resort & Spa Villingili (Artist in Residence Program),Maldives
Signs Part I , Galerie im Zieglerhof, Lueneburg, Germany, curated by Eric Sutphin
2014 Korn (Kernel), Galerie im Zieglerhof, Lueneburg, Germany
Null Komma Null, Rogue Space Chelsea , New York, NY , curated by Eric Sutphin
2013 Zwischen den Seiten, (Between the Pages), Ratsbuecherei Lueneburg, Germany
2012 Struktur schafft Identitaet (Structure Creates Identity), Aerztehaus Hannover, Germany
Space For Art, European Space Research and Technology Centre, Netherlands
Der Lauf der Farbe (The Course of Color), Kulturverein Bienenbuettel, Germany
2011 Spontanitaet schafft Struktur (Spontaneity Creates Structure), Heinrich- Heine-House,Lueneburg,Germany
Step Two, Projekthaus Hamburg, Germany
Awards / Competitions
2019 Royal Academy of Arts Summer Exhibition, London, U.K., shortlisted
2018 Royal Academy of Arts Summer Exhibition, London, U.K., shortlisted
Ruby Award of Merit “Colour”,Gallery Ring, Online Art Gallery
2017 Royal West of England Academy 165t

Annual Open Exhibition, selected, Bristol, U.K.

2016 Royal West of England Academy 164th Open Exhibition, preselected
2015 Secret Art Prize, Category “Mixed Media”, London, U.K.
Education & Residencies
2015 Artist in Residence at the Shangri-La`s Villingili Resort & Spa Maldives
2014 Summer Residency Program, School of Visual Arts New York, NY, U.S.
2013 International Summer Academy Venice, Italy, Prof. Wolf Werdigier
2011 Freie Akademie der bildenden Kuenste, Essen, Germany, Prof. P. Schneider


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