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Peter Linde Busk

Peter Linde Busk (b. 1973) is one of Denmark's most remarkable young painters. He trained at the Royal Academy of Arts and the Slade School of Fine Arts in London, Hunter College of Art in New York, and Kunst­akademie Düsseldorf in Germany. Today, he lives and works in Berlin.
 
The basic conditions of existence and especially the physical and psychological exposure of modern man count among Peter Linde Busk's most prominent themes. His pictures are populated by tragicomic or unsuccessful figures that are portrayed with deformities and unsightly distortions in chasmic, chaotic spaces. Stories about defeat and deep despair emerge from these works. Frequently, however, the atmosphere changes into cutting satire, jocularity, or rebellious humour. This is, in no small measure, due to the artist’s particular use of titles which, apart from referring to world literature – including Baudelaire, Cervantes, Rilke, and Rimbaud – come from popular and pioneering American television series like Deadwood and The Wire. The titles often work as a kind of repartee between the picture and the onlooker, in this way expanding the narrative content of the work. 
 
There are numerous art-historical references in Peter Linde Busk's works and here, too, he has an eye for the grandeur in the European tradition, including modern masters of the twentieth century such as Pablo Picasso (1881-1973) and Paul Klee (1879-1940). Moreover, icon painting from the late Middle Ages, expressionism, Art Brut, and the dark sides of Cobra art are also among his inspirational sources. 
 
Peter Linde Busk is also interested in a number of partly obscure or underrated traditions within art history, such as children's drawings, folk art, and the art of the mentally ill. Regarding the latter, the artist relies heavily on the work of the art historian and psychiatrist, Hans Prinzhorn (1886-1933), who, when investigating the basic creative processes, mainly paid heed to the picture-making of psychotic patients. Here, Prinzhorn was allegedly able to identify a unique combination of figuration and ornamentation, the purpose of which was to induce a certain order that would make the chaotic inner emotional life somewhat bearable.
     
Similarly, Peter Linde Busk's pictures are often composed by both structuring patterns and accidental traces from the artistic work process. Additionally, it is symptomatic of this artist that his painterly approach alternates between detailed, craftsman-like refinement and expressive spontaneity. Without jumping to conclusions based on external similarities with the art of the mentally ill, Linde Busk thus wants to direct our attention to the appetite for risk associated with artistic work – over and above the personal scruples of the artistic ego and any kind of indoctrination.
 
Besides painting, Peter Linde Busk's oeuvre also includes collage, ceramic works, and a comprehensive production of prints executed in various mixed techniques.
 
All in all, the art of Peter Linde Busk can be traced to a cross field between myth and modernity; between contemporary reinterpretations of the Wild West and socio- psychological aspects of life in the inner-city districts of the modern metropolis.
Peter Linde Busk