Erling Steen: 1. oktober 1945 Copenhagen.
Member of the Danish Artist Union and the Artists Society,The Royal Danish Academy.
When I was a young painter I discovered that in some paintings everything fell into place like magic, while other paintings did not function at all. I thought that this was a part of the craft that I had to study and practise, and when I was good enough I could start painting something. It even had innocent craft like names like composition and balance. But over the years I learned that there was no permanent solution and that composition and balance is what it’s all about.
As modern painting, at the time, was a dead end street I looked to the 16th and 17th century Dutch, Spanish and French still-life painters who seemed to be walking the middle of the road between representational and abstract painting.
After turning my back on everything modern for a few years I began to realize that there was an obvious relationship between the paintings I was doing and early modernism and especially cubism, and that I, like the cubists, was working with cubes, cylinders and cones etc. And as the early abstract painters I realized that “form” composition and balance was not something to be learned once and for all, but the main, forever changing and forever challenging subject of painting.
Debut on selected exhibitions Copenhagen yearly from 1971 to 1977.
One man gallery shows Copenhagen since 1977.
Salon de Peinture Contemporaine Vichy 1986.
Salon de la Jeune Peinture, Grand Palais, Paris 1986-87-88.
Figuration Critique, Grand Palais, Paris 1990.
Galerie Tretyakov, the Museum of Modern Art, Moscow 1991.
Russian Artist Union exhibition hall, Leningrad 1991.
The Santillana Foundation, Santillana, Spain 1991.
Danish artists self portraits, The Museum of National History, Frederiksborg Castle Denmark 1992.
“Danish Figurative Painters”, Kastrupgaard exhibition hall, Copenhagen 1992 and 93.
Frederiksberg Town Hall, Frederiksberg, 1997.
“Virgin Mary” at Koldinghus Museum, Kolding, Denmark, 1999.
“Danish Realist Painters”, Danish Art Union, touring exhibition, 1999-2000.
“Facets of the New Realism”, Skive Art Museum, Skive 2000.
Art Cannes, Casino Palm Beach, Cannes, 2011.
Artist portrait, Danish national TV, 1981.
Illustration for the book “Managing the Managerial Process” by Professor Erik Johnsen 2002.
Poster for the 2004 European fencing championships in Copenhagen.
Member of Copenhagen cultural developement foundation 1997-2000.
Represented at: Skive Art Museum, Skive, Denmark and Storstrøms Art Museum, Maribo, Denmark. The Museum of National History, Frederiksborg Castle, Hillerod Denmark. The collection of Frederiksberg Municipality, Frederiksberg Town Hall, Copenhagen. The collection of Chateau Lynch Bages, Pauillac, France.
Sold to: The New Carlsberg Foundation and The Danish State’s Art Foundation.
Represented by Galerie Max Seidenfaden, Copenhagen since 1988.