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Hans-Meyer Petersen

"I like both the concept of automatic writing and the role of the subconscious."


Notes of biography

Born in 1937 in Copenhagen (Denmark), Hans Meyer Petersen is a self-taught artist. If the Danish painter has exhibited very often - in group and solo exhibitions - in his home country and especially in Copenhagen, his work has also been shown in most European countries and the United States, particularly in New York (MoMA, The Museum of Modern Art).
He joins the movement "Phases" in 1957. Very active painter, and also engraver, he exhibits at the Salon of Comparison in the sixties (1964 and 1966, Paris) and subsequently in other Parisian Salons, as he participates with his prints - more than thirty years later - at the Biennial of Graphic Art in Ljubljana (1993), the Biennial of Barcelona (1994 and 1995) or SAGA (Paris, 1995).
In New York, his work is selected (in 1990) for the realization of the poster of "Mostly Mozart Festival" of the Lincoln Center. Petersen's art is exhibited in 2001 at the pyramid of the Louvre Museum (Paris). The artist receives, in this occasion, the “Order of Arts and Letters" Distinction by the French state.
Hans Meyer Petersen has developed his own style from the mid-50s by successive phases of experimentation; nourished and influenced by the naive, the impressionists, expressionists, and finally the abstract, he gradually develops a "way" which is intrinsically his that… resembles him. The artist seeks to convey the beauty in his work; this one is created by his ceaseless experimentation on materials, shapes and colors.
The works he creates are from the domain of metaphysics: a sort of link between people - who have an inner world - and the outside world, the cosmic; the interest of Hans Meyer Petersen for surrealism and abstract expressionism has helped him to develop this aspect of his work. Like most artists, time has allowed him a continuous evolution, which has led him to his present work.

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To read about the artist :
  • « H. M. Petersen » in Phases, n° 8, Janvier 1963
  • « 3ème Biennale de Paris », coll., cat., MAM de la ville de Paris, 1963
  • « Dix ans d'art actuel - Salon Comparaisons », coll., cat., 1964
  • « J. Garff om H. M. P. », Jan Garff, Uffe Harder, Ed. Gallerihuset, Cop., 1979
  • « H. M. P., serigrafier 1990-91 », Heede & Moestrup, Copenhague, 1992
  • « 20° Bienale Grafike Moderna Ljubljana », coll., cat., 1993
  • « Monografie », par Jan Garff, Ed. G. H. & M., Copenhague, 1996
  • « Le mvt Phases de 1952 à l'horizon 2001 », coll., cat., C. cult. Noroit, Arras, 2000
  • « H. M. Petersen, litografier 2000-02 », par Jan Garff, Ed. G. H. & M., 2002
  • « H. M. Petersen - Arbejder på papir », Jan Garff, Ed. Sabol, 2009
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