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Albert Oehlen

  • German artist
  • Born 1954

Albert Oehlen (born 17 September 1954 in Krefeld, West Germany) is a contemporary German artist. Oehlen lives and works in Bühler and Segovia.


I want to make beautiful paintings. But I don't make beautiful paintings by putting beautiful paint on a canvas with a beautiful motif. It just doesn't work. I expect my paintings to be strong and surprising.




I'm not a big theory person. So when I get asked questions that demand serious statements, I just make it up.




If someone stands in front of one of my paintings and says, 'This is just a mess', the word 'just' is not so good, but 'mess' might be right. Why not a mess? If it makes you say, 'Wow, I've never seen anything like that', that's beautiful.



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