1973 · Denmark
Sergej Jensen is seen as an established mid-career contemporary artist, who originates from Denmark. As the southernmost of the Scandinavian countries, Denmark has often been rather influenced by the Germanic culture of Northern Europe, that borders its southern limits. This sensibility is often combined with the Nordic attributes of restraint and melancholy in its arts. At the end of the nineteenth century, and in the earlier part of the twentieth, Denmark produced an extremely important painter of Post-Impressionism, Vilhelm Hammershøi. Renowned for his wistful and extremely sparse interiors, Hammershøi's reputation was founded on his exquisite representations of light and shadow in modest, elegant interiors, most often his own residence. In the later twentieth century, Denmark was a major country in the CoBrA movement of Expressionist painting, where the naming convention was derived from the cities of the founding members - the Co standing for Copenhagen on behalf of Danish artist Asger Jorn. Established in 1949, CoBrA's vivid colours and lively childlike figures became both a scandal and sensation. Other prominent modern and Danish artists include Per Kirkeby, Olafur Eliasson, Danh Vō, Sergej Jensen and Tal R. Sergej Jensen is 47 years old, he was born in 1973. Also born in Denmark around 1973 and of the same generation are Jeppe Hein and Jesper Just.
About Sergej Jensen's work
Sergej Jensen is best known for making abstract work. Born in the early 20th century, abstract art can be defined as a movement evading the classical definition of art, which succeeded in creating its own tradition through freedom and a new perception of reality. In abstract artworks, the objects are simplified, modified, and hold little to no reference to reality. Abstract art represents a pivotal moment in modernism, and its roots can be traced to Impressionism. With Abstraction, the artists are inclined to explore deep into their emotions, and create completely new and liberated representations of the world, which are inherent to their own perception of it. Wassily Kandinsky, who believed that colours and shapes could be used to represent the artist’s inner turmoil, is often considered as a pioneer of abstract art.
Sergej Jensen's Biographical Context
Born in 1973, Sergej Jensen was largely influenced creatively by the 1990s in the artist's early years. A group of artists working in the United Kingdom, who came to be known as the YBAs, or Young British Artists, defined the artistic culture of the 1990s. Affiliated loosely by their age and nationality, they were a diverse group of practitioners. Many of the YBAs attended the Royal College of Art and Goldsmiths in London, and were favoured by the ‘super collector’ of the time, Charles Saatchi. The most renowned member of the group is Damien Hirst, and other members included Chris Ofili, Tracey Emin, Marc Quinn, Gavin Turk, Sarah Lucas and Sam Taylor-Johnson (née Sam Taylor-Wood). The YBAs became famous for their use of shock tactics and sensationalism, alongside their use of throwaway materials, wild lifestyles and an attitude that was rebellious yet commercial. Due to the large amount of media coverage that they received, they dominated British art during the 1990s, and their work was epitomised in the group show ‘Sensation’. Relational Aesthetics, a term coined by curator Nicholas Bourriaud to describe the act of creating art based on human relations and their social context, became a central idea in the 1990s. Works by artists such as Douglas Gordon, Gillian Wearing, Philippe Parenno and Liam Gillick were described as significant artists who worked to this outline.
Galleries and Exhibitions
Sergej Jensen is represented by 9 galleries around the world, including countries like Belgium, the United Kingdom, and Denmark. Some of those galleries are White Cube | Bermondsey in London, 10 Hanover Street in London, and dépendance in Brussels. Sergej Jensen's work has most recently been displayed during the exhibition Exhibition for ENTER ART FAIR at dépendance in Brussels, Belgium. The exhibition was open from the 28 August 2019 until the 31 August 2019. Sergej Jensen's other most recent exhibitions listed on Artland include the exhibitions; Strips (05 April 2018 - 02 June 2018) at Peder Lund in Oslo and How It’s Made (06 December 2017 - 11 January 2018) at Carl Kostyál in Malmo.
Sergej Jensen has three works for sale at present available on Artland.
Sergej Jensen in private collections
On Artland Sergej Jensen's artworks can be found in the collection of Mono and Louis Kotze, who for instance also has works by other artists including Thomas Flechtner, Mar Hernández, and Qafar Rzayev.