Chris Succo was born in 1979 in Düsseldorf, Germany, where he currently lives and works. He was a Meisterschüler of Georg Herold at Kunstakademie Düsseldorf, where he graduated in 2009, and received his MFA from Royal College of Art in London, United Kingdom, in 2012. Chris Succo’s crisp, cool abstraction is so wide-ranging that, as author Christopher Schreck has noted, a single exhibition could look like a group show. Yet whether the German artist is working in lacquered aluminium and oil on canvas or creating sculpture with steel piping, mesh, or boxing equipment, his work shares certain commonalities: a quest to find individuality within the repetition of forms and techniques, elements of appropriation (including the titles of his series), and a minimalist palette largely comprised of matte black and white. Some of the brighter works in his oeuvre; the “Flag Pieces” consist of three diagonal bands of colour and texture created by applying lacquer to black-and-white photographs. In these, Succo divides the canvas in a style reminiscent of Hard-Edged painting, as well as Succo’s own “Nu Era” series of black-and-white lacquered aluminium works. His work has been included in numerous group exhibitions, including “Ayan Farah, Max Lamb, Chris Succo” at Almine Rech Gallery in London, United Kingdom (2014), “The Go Between: Work From The Ernesto Esposito Collection” at Museo Di Capodimonte in Naples, Italy (2014) and “LIFE,” The Journal Gallery at Venus over Manhattan in New York, NY (2014), among others.
~ Artsy.net & Paddle8
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