The Adam Gallery are delighted to present their second exhibition of work by Jürgen Möbius, following the success of his first solo show at the gallery in 2006. His new paintings are an intriguing mix of representative motifs and abstraction. In Meditteranean (above), recognisable forms and landscapes are fragmented and rearranged. Individual calligraphic motifs float on the surface of the canvas forming a graffiti of ancient scripts and symbols. The black shapes or 'graphisms' seem to be cut out and have a dynamic relationship with the painterly surface of the background. Jürgen Möbius creates work that is at once energetic and humourous, yet also complex and thought provoking. Paintings such as Four objects in a strange land, What about some Colour? and Jungle World repay close examination as their impact is multi-faceted, evoking both interior and exterior landscapes. These strangely beautiful and iconographical pictures have many layers of meaning and have been aptly described by Dr. Philippe Büttner (Beyeler Foundation) as 'mysterious aquariums full of riddles'.
Jürgen Möbius was born in Saxony, Germany in 1939. After studying Art, Philosophy and History of Art in Mainz from 1959-1965, he started exploring installation in 1972, and photography and film in 1975. Since then he has concentrated on painting, particularly exploring the 'perception of painting' and has exhibited in more than 60 solo shows as well as group exhibitions. Recent solo exhibitions have included the Adam Gallery, London (2006); Leonhard Rüthmüller Contemporary Art, Basel (2005); Chesa da Cultura St. Moritz, Switzerland (2005); Märkisches Museum, Witten (2004/5); Galerie Zulauf, Freinsheim (2002); and Galerie Leonhard, Basel (1999). His work appears in numerous Public and Corporate Collections, including the Museu de Arte Moderno, Rio de Janeiro; the Landesmuseum, Mainz; Museum Albstadt and Deutsche Bank, AG.