Ivan Andersen (born 1968) works with painting as his preferred medium. He explores and ransacks painting’s possibilities and spacialities. He is an artist preoccupied with painting as a surface and the spacial displacements to which the canvas opens up. His motifs are often found as a result of a Google search, and extend from living rooms to iconic mountains and cellar stairs.
Andersen’s attitude toward the subjects of his painting is playful and investigative, and his works attest to a formally experimental approach to the act of painting itself. Andersen constantly swings between the abstract and the recognisable, and it is the exploration of this border territory that is the driving force in his work.
Ivan Andersen is a 2005 graduate of the Royal Danish Academy of Fine Arts and currently lives and works in Copenhagen after several years of residence in Berlin.
His works are found in collections including that of the Arken Museum of Modern Art in Ishøj, Denmark, and the KUNSTEN Museum of Modern Art in Aalborg, Denmark. Andersen has also undertaken several decorating projects in Denmark, including for Thy-Mors Higher Preparatory Examination Course and Adult Education Centre in Thisted and TrygVesta Insurance in Ballerup.