Frank Badur

Back from The Island, 2011
Colour Recall, 2009


Frank Badur who was born in Oranienburg near Berlin lives and works in Finland and Berlin. Since 1985 he works as a professor for painting at the „Universität der Künste", Berlin. His oeuvre was shown in numerous international institutions (Malmö Kunstmuseum, SE, Mondriaanhuis, Amersfoort, NL , Museé de Cambrai, F, Museum of Modern Art, NY, USA, etc.) and is present in many important collections (Deutsche Bank, Frankfurt, Neue Nationalgalerie, Berlin, Museum of Fine Arts, Houston, TX, USA, etc.).

Although at first glance he may seem to be a representative of geometric abstraction, Badur is an artist who can by no means be pigeonholed merely as a devotee of Concrete or Essential Art. A vital, sensual delight in colour and line run through all of his work. In painting he takes on issues of dimension and proportion, investigating the tonality and intensity of colours in more ore less rigidly ordered fields and stripes. On paper by contrast, free-form lines alternate with clear grid structures, creating compositions with virtuoso rhythms.

The new works bear witness of Frank Badurs mastery of geometric abstraction as well as of his ability to express his unique concept of colour and light in his work. In his new paintings large and small sized works are combined and develop a vivid dialogue. Badur presents a new intense colour palette, in which he especially experiments with tones of red.