Per Adolfsen


Per Adolfsen lives and works in Odense, Denmark, where he was born in 1964. His earlier work comprised emotionally charged acrylic paintings that seamlessly merge representational and abstraction and text, and engaged the viewer in a seductive world of fantasy and uncertainty that recalls classic Scandinavian angst. His most recent contemplative oil paintings, a marked break with his prior series, demonstrates his evolving commitment to using the medium as tool for breaking past stereotype and false exteriors in order to know other people and one’s self. The neutral palette and minimal backgrounds in many pieces allow the viewer to be fully focused on the people foregrounded in the paintings and punctuated by moments of brilliant color—a lavender head scarf, crystalline blue eyes. Adolfsen’s recent portraiture points the way toward an ethical vision by seeking to represent the colorful bonds that tie people together.


Select Solo Exhibitions
2018 “The Ribbons That Tie Us”, 532 Gallery Thomas Jaeckel, New York
2013 ”Goodbye Blue sky”, Schuebbe Projects , Düsseldorf
2011 ”The Imaginary Eden of Mr. Adolfsen”, Art Labor Gallery, Shanghai
2011 ”Lifewire”, Schuebbe Projects, Düsseldorf
2010 ”The world is floating”, 532 Gallery Thomas Jaeckel, Chelsea, New York
Select Group Exhibitions
2018. “Ten Years After” 532 Gallery Thomas Jaeckel , New York
2017 “Ecco Homo Ecco Homo” St Canscius Kirche Berlin, Curated by A. Ochs, Berlin
2016 Frederikshavn Kunstmuseum, “Another Land” Frederikshavn
2016 “50×50” Kastrupgaardsamlingen, Copenhagen
2016 Galleri Kirk,Groupshow , Eske Kath,Kasper Eistrup,Mie Olise Kjærgaard , Ålborg
2016 Art Labor Gallery,, artists of the gallery , Shanghai
2015. Kunsthal Nord, Selection of works from Ålborg Kommune collection, Ålborg
2015 “Menneske”,with Svend Engelund, Agnete Bjerre, Kirsa Andreasen Birgitte Støvring, Kristan Devantier, Camilla Thorup, Kunstbygningen Vrå (October, 2015)
2015 ”Drei Räume, drei Künstler”, Miriam Vlaming, Lu Song, Alexander Ochs Private, Berlin
2014 Dialogues with the collection” Kunstbygningen i Vrå, Engelund Samlingen
2014 ”Fatal”, with.Tanja Selzer, Nandor Anstenberger, Miriam Vlaming,
Kunsthaus Bethanien (Curated by Art Historian Heike Fuhlbrügge) Berlin
2013 ”Thank God I`m Pretty”, Frederik Foert, Andreas Amrhein , Vanessa von
Heydebreck, Alexander Ochs Galleries, Berlin
2013 ”Septemberudstillingen”, Fanø Kunstmuseum
2013 ”Medley”, Franz Burkhardt, Christian Schoeler, Yokako Ando, Piot Brehmer, Schüebbe Projects, Düsseldorf
2012 ”Springshow”, 532 Gallery Thomas Jaeckel, Chelsea, New York

2012 ”Landscapes”, Schuebbe Projects, Düsseldorf

2011 ”High Five” with Lu Yang, Douglas Coupland, Eric Leleu, Ren Zhitian, Art Labor

Gallery, Shanghai

2011 “Ode on Melancholy” with Tom Anholt, Marco Reichert , Marcy Brafman, Janine

Bean Gallery, Berlin

2010 ”Second Impressions”, Art Labor Gallery, Shanghai

Review ”Berliner Zeitung” 2013

Review ”Art Info” Berlin 2013, by Alexander Forbes

Kunst i øjet, DK4, 2011 (Danish television –artist portrait)

Portrait/article ”Glasschord art and Culture Magazine New York” 2011

Review ”Randian online magazine”, China 2011, by Jennifer Hall

Portrait on Danmarks Radio P1, 2010

Review ”Art Magazine M, The New York Art World” 2010, M. Brendon Macinnis