Daniel Richter’s current show at Regen Projects in Los Angeles couples expressionistic painting with pop-culture imagery. Loud colors and kinetic brushwork characterize Richter’s work and enhance the rockstar warfare that occurs when the subjects in his paintings clash with the vibrant surroundings. The show at Regen Projects also features a series of drawings that give a different picture of Richter’s practice. Less confrontational than the oil paintings, the drawings give a clearer glimpse into the loose narrative thinking that is part of Richter’s oeuvre.
Richter, who lives and works in Berlin, studied at Hochschule der Bildenden Kunste in Hamburg, Germany. He has shown at David Zwirner Gallery in New York, Contemporary Fine Art in Berlin, and the National Gallery of Canada in Ottawa. A survey of his work, curated by the Denver Art Museum‚Äôs Modern and Contemporary Art curator Dr. Christopher Heinrich, recently graced the Hamburger Kunsthalle in Hamburg. Richter, who once worked as an assistant to famed painter and Sigmar Polke protege Albert Oehlen, has taught at the Akademie der Bildenen Kunste in Wien and at the Universitat der Kunste in Berlin. His show at Regen Projects runs through March 1st.