Ull Hohn
German, 1960-1995

In a career tragically cut short by his AIDS-related death, Ull Hohn produced a body of paintings and drawings in a broad range of styles. Hohn studied with Gerhard Richter in Dusseldorf, rejecting the wild gestures of the Neue Wilden in West Germany in favor of a more restrained style. In 1985 he moved to New York where he came under the influence of the era’s preoccupation with identity politics and began to address his homosexuality in a group of beige-colored paintings without titles, to which he affixed adjectives such as “unrestrained,” “loose,” and “debauched”. For 9 Relief Paintings (1998), he covered canvases in thick plaster and then coated them with brown paint, creating a surface suggestive of chocolate or excrement. Hohn also painted numerous landscapes throughout his lifetime, later examples of which display the influence of the Hudson River School; others use blurred …

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