A one-man gallery exhibition of the portraits of Sebastian Krüger is on view in Boston Massachusetts through November 30.
Krüger is known for his large-scale acrylic portraits of rock stars, particularly his friends, the Rolling Stones. That’s Charlie, Keith, Mick, and Ronnie above.
The portraits are mostly larger than life-size. They command prices in the five- and low six-figures, and large giclée prints are also available. Krüger delights in the craggy topography of the aging rascals of the pop world, often exploring their wrinkled faces in photographic detail, but he generally reserves other areas of the canvas for a looser painterly flourish.
All of his portraits have a keen attention to what constitutes a likeness. He knows how far to push the exaggeration to make his point. Some of his portraits of Mick Jagger are in-your-face and over-the-top, but others are amazingly restrained and sensitive.
The painting “Keith Richards: The Devil in Focus” (200cm x 140cm) shows the old pirate just as he appears.
Krüger wants to use the term “New Pop Realism” to describe his new direction of subtler interpretation He’s interested in exploring the intersection between the image of the pop icon and the identity of real person—both the mask and the man.
Newbury Fine Arts Gallery Phone 617.536.0210
Sebastian Krüger Publications
Sebastian Krüger News Blog
Official Krüger site site
Thanks, Liz and Mike