Lenz Geerk (b.1988 Basel, Switzerland; based in Düsseldorf, Germany) is a German painter whose portraits, landscapes, and still lifes are portrayed in exceptional intensity and luminosity. Masterfully combining European painting traditions and references, Geerk creates deeply atmospheric works liberated from historical context.
Geerk manipulates traditional techniques to bring distinct render to acrylic color, creating psychologically-charged paintings that are removed from any specific time or place. Emphasizing his subjects in such a way as to draw out the hidden emotions of the human psyche, Geerk depicts people at the threshold of excitation and in the throes of exploration. With postures and gestures crafted through a fictionalized lens of representation, Geerk imagines how a certain fragile moment can be expressed through atmosphere and gesture. The restrained palettes add to the aura of emotional tension, transporting the viewer into his otherworldly universe.