Saturday, June 19, 2021
Home News Michael Toenges, "Paintings on Paper 1995-2019"

Michael Toenges, “Paintings on Paper 1995-2019”

Presented by Taguchi Fine Art from August 24 to October 12.


The Installation view of “Paintings on Paper 1995-2019” (2019) by Michael Toenges
at Taguchi Fine Art
Courtesy of the artist and Taguchi Fine Art


Taguchi Fine Art is pleased to present a solo exhibition of German painter Michael Toenges this summer and fall. Tenges is a German painter born in 1952, based in Leverkusen, Germany. Some of his works are in the collections of the Kolumba Museum in Cologne and the Aarau Museum in Switzerland. Although he has been active mainly in Europe, this solo exhibition, “Paintings on Paper 1995-2019,” is the first time that his works can be seen in Asia. A unique feature of this exhibition is that all the works on display are small pieces painted on cardboard. According to the gallery, these small works have not received as much attention as other large scale works or paintings on canvas. Although the small works on cardboard have been considered preparatory and fragmentary, they are noteworthy because they are evidence of his experimentation and struggle with color. In this exhibition, we will introduce his old works from 1995 to his latest works prepared for this exhibition.


The Installation view of “Paintings on Paper 1995-2019” (2019) by Michael Toenges
at Taguchi Fine Art
Courtesy of the artist and Taguchi Fine Art


The Installation view of “Paintings on Paper 1995-2019” (2019) by Michael Toenges
at Taguchi Fine Art
Courtesy of the artist and Taguchi Fine Art


Toenges explores the diversity of color by layering oil paint on wooden boards and canvas. Tenges says that his main focus is on color placement, contrast, and construction, without being bound by image or form. He focuses on exploring the materiality of color and paint, which are considered the basic elements of painting.


Tenges usually does not prepare sketches in advance and paints without any reference images or plans. Tenges paints spontaneously, without any particular image in mind, but at the same time he studies the color compositions used by other painters in history, such as Giotto, Fra Angelico, Botticelli, and Goya. The accumulation of knowledge gained from his incessant research seems to enable him to paint without hesitation.


In fact, his works may appear to be created all at once, simply because they are unplanned, but technically, the process involves applying color to a board, letting it dry, and then repeating the process over and over again. Thus, his paintings can be considered a long study of the use of color in art history.


Since his works are characterized by both fast and slow speed, we can also feel two kinds of fascination. The first is that they grab our attention at once, like the moment when Tenge paints without hesitation. Second, like the process of his effort, it makes us stay in front of the work for a long time. you can enjoy his works slowly at Taguchi Fine Art until October 12.


Michael Toenges, “Paintings on Paper 1995-2019”


  • Date: Saturday, August 24, 2019 – Saturday, October 12, 2019 Saturday, August 24, 2019 – Saturday, October 12, 2019
  • Opening hours. 1:00 p.m. – 7:00 p.m.
  • Closed on Sundays, Mondays, and holidays
  • >



Article written by: Jeongeun Jo
Born in Korea, lives in Japan. She is one of the members of TRiCERA who graduated from the Graduate School of Fine Arts, Tokyo University of the Arts. She is also an artist herself.

私たちART CLIPは、世界中の最新のアートニュースを取り上げ、アーティストやコレクターの人々の活動にとってより有益な情報を発信していきます。

Most Popular

You Might Like

Art fair as a platform, art fair as an exhibition, and art fair as a form of artwork.

What is 3331 Arts Chiyoda? 3331 Arts Chiyoda is an art space that opened in Tokyo in 2010 on the site of a...

Is it similar to Pokemon? -Paper Art Story Part 3, Complete

The solution is that both will evolve, and so on. This article is the final chapter (at the moment) of a series on paper...

We will hold a lottery to sell new prints by Kana Kamitoko and Kenta Nakajima.

TRiCERA is pleased to announce that we will be selling new prints by artists Kana Kamitoko and Kenta Nakajima, who have appeared on Fuji...

Depicting the beauty of the human form. What is the history and modernity of beauty painting?

A bijinga is a painting that depicts a beautiful woman's appearance and gestures, or a painting that deals with the beauty of women. The...

Programming is now also a tool for artists.

Takuhou Nakata mainly creates landscape paintings, but he uses an unusual method of incorporating programming techniques into his paintings. This is not only because...

Don't Miss

Keisuke Tsuchida: Mental Expression by Pencil Drawing

I want to be an artist who always expresses the truth that is in my heart.   A challenge by Keisuke Tsuchida       What sets up-and-coming artist...

Art for your bedside – 3D artworks to look out for

Of course, it is up to the individual to decide where to place art in their home, but how about placing it by the...

Put the art next to the pillow.

It is up to you to decide where to place the art in your home. It can be on the wall, on a shelf...

Renewed Rain ~ The Most Familiar Way of the Unusual

 Rain is probably the most familiar and extraordinary thing for human beings.  This extraordinary event has given birth to numerous dramas, and has created ripples...

Feature Post

Akira Akiyama: Expressing Spirituality with Traditional Yuzen Kimonos

... Prayer is at the core of the Japanese heart.   Shin Pou Ju Kai by Akira Akiyama       For decades before launching her own brand, Yuzen...

Art Fair Specializing in Digital Art to be Held in France

The Contemporary and Digital Art Fair (CADAF), an art fair specializing in digital and contemporary art, has announced that it will switch to...

Front and back of the portrait

Ikeda ayako is a painter who outputs her emotions in the form of portraits. She does not aim to express the details of...

Adventures in Phenomena and Imagination.

Unlike a painting, the expression of a photograph of a real object or objects is somewhat limited by the subject matter. The choice of...

Editor's Choice