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Often in his oil paintings Paul Pretzer creates a multiplicity of strange hybrid beings and chimera, which he endows with attributes, borrowed from the world of consumer goods or completely invented, frequently eluding a clear interpretation. The scenes often prompt memories of influential stories of the “Suppenkasper” from the German children’s book Struwwelpeter or Wilhelm Busch’s pious Helene. Small instances of carelessness can lead to terrible consequences. But in Pretzer’s pictures we are not confronted with dark disciplinary measures , but rather with black humour. The absurd, bad luck, great misfortune and failure of large and small projects simply happen. In these pictures there are no clearly identifiable instigators of fate or unfairness. The only thing, that the artist gives his protagonists on their Sisyphus path is empathy, which enable his lost creatures looking for support in ritualised poses to come completely near at us. Culprits or rogues seem to suffer just as much from the effects of the misdeed as the seemingly identifiable victim.

Paul Pretzer avails himself adroitly of his talent for composition, form and light. When first looking at his paintings, one is tempted to fall back on pleasant comfort of an apparently easily accessible painting of figurative certainties . But watch out, we are already caught, just like Pretzer’s figures. And our sympathy with the beings struggling with life’s absurdity quickly becomes self-pity. Pretzer places himself self-confidently in the tradition of board picture paintings. He makes use of the best ones, quotes them skillfully and questions with the introduction of tragicomedy, the grotesque and slapstick in a very contemporary fashion the conventions of seriousness in the treatment of art. This ability may be one of the reasons why Pretzer’s work has already garnered considerable attention from the national and international art and collectors scene.

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Selected Works
2016
Oil on Canvas
47 x 39 inches / 120 x 100 cm -  Marc Straus Gallery
All The Pleasure And All The Pain

2016
Oil on Canvas
47 x 39 inches / 120 x 100 cm

2015
Oil on Canvas
60 x 78 inches -  Marc Straus Gallery
Meow Arbiter

2015
Oil on Canvas
60 x 78 inches

2016
Oil On Canvas
14.5 x 13.7 inches
37 x 35cm -  Marc Straus Gallery
Die Alte Nummer

2016
Oil On Canvas
14.5 x 13.7 inches
37 x 35cm

2015
Oil on Canvas
63 x 83 inches -  Marc Straus Gallery
Herohorse

2015
Oil on Canvas
63 x 83 inches

2015
Oil on Canvas
59 x 59 in -  Marc Straus Gallery
Grüne Apfel

2015
Oil on Canvas
59 x 59 in

2015
Oil on Canvas
18 x 20 inches -  Marc Straus Gallery
Snowdog

2015
Oil on Canvas
18 x 20 inches

2015
Oil on Canvas
31.5 x 31.69 inches / 80 x 80.5 cm -  Marc Straus Gallery
Du Sollst Nicht

2015
Oil on Canvas
31.5 x 31.69 inches / 80 x 80.5 cm

2014
Oil on Canvas
31.5 x 39.37 inches / 80 x 100 cm -  Marc Straus Gallery
Frére Jaques

2014
Oil on Canvas
31.5 x 39.37 inches / 80 x 100 cm

2013
Oil on canvas
32 x 21 inches / 81.3 x 53.3 cm -  Marc Straus Gallery
Pablito

2013
Oil on canvas
32 x 21 inches / 81.3 x 53.3 cm

2013
Oil on canvas
70.87 x 39.37 inches/180 x 100 cm -  Marc Straus Gallery
Édouard

2013
Oil on canvas
70.87 x 39.37 inches/180 x 100 cm

2014
Oil on Canvas
21 1/4 x 25 3/4 inches / 54 x 66 cm -  Marc Straus Gallery
Ohne Titel (Bar)

2014
Oil on Canvas
21 1/4 x 25 3/4 inches / 54 x 66 cm

2013
Oil on canvas
74 x 50 inches/188 x 127 cm -  Marc Straus Gallery
Untitled (Richard)

2013
Oil on canvas
74 x 50 inches/188 x 127 cm

2011
Oil on Panel
17 x 15 inches -  Marc Straus Gallery
Knabenstueck

2011
Oil on Panel
17 x 15 inches

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