‘Since the early 2000s,’ explains Christie’s specialist Bianca Chu, ‘Munich-born artist Daniel Sinsel (b.1976) has gained international notoriety for his unqiue approach to painting and sculpture.’
Intimate in scale — and often in subject — works by the artist are characterised by ‘bright, off-beat colours and a realist style,’ says Chu. ‘The combination of quirk and realism results in almost surrealist illusions, reflected in forms that play with spatial awareness, materiality, and the flatness of the picture plane.’
Sinsel’s influences are incredibly varied: ‘He has a keen eye for incorporating contemporary architecture and art history in his works,’ explains Chu, ‘although he has spoken of the influence of everything from Old Masters to Baroque sculpture, Paul Cézanne and the Bauhaus.’
A recurrent influence across his practice, comments Chu, is ‘the latent eroticism of neoclassical painting — a concern reflected in his use of the male form and phallic symbols. Whilst these often suggest humorous sexual double entendres, they also serve to open a discussion on the darker side of human desire and fetish.’
Sinsel has been based in London since 1990. He studied at Chelsea College of Art and Design, and received an MA from the Royal College of Art in 2004. Recent solo exhibitions at the Chisenhale Gallery, London (2011) and Galerie Micky Schubert, Berlin (2013) have been complemented by group shows including the much-discussed Notes on Neo-Camp at Studio Voltaire in London in 2013.
Works by the artist were recently displayed as part of Mirrorcity, a group show at London’s Hayward Gallery which explored the effect the digital revolution has had on our experiences. Sinsel's work can also be seen in a group show in March at Micky Schubert in Berlin.
Images: Courtesy the artist and Office Baroque, Brussels; Micky Schubert, Berlin and Sadie Coles HQ, London