Niklas Asker (b. 1979, Nordingrå, Sweden) lives and works in Malmö. The artist’s work resonates with William Blake’s writing of ‘paying attention to the minute particulars in our world’, which in Asker’s case prevails through phantom shadows or wrinkles of skin. It would be accurate to describe the artist’s process as an archaeological one as well as artistic: he journeys the halls of art history through influences spanning Rodin to Carl Eldh. The artist speaks of ‘pure human expression, stripped of all unnecessary details’, and of ‘freeing’ himself from the boundaries of figuration through his art; his sculptural subjects are often devoid of identity but instilled with expression.
Selected solo exhibitions include: Other Artefacts, Union Pacific, London, United Kingdom (2023), The Shroud, Nicodim Gallery, Los Angeles, California, US (2023), Every Branch is a Memory, Galleri Cora Hillebrand, Gothenburg (2022) and Filling the Broken Mold, Galleri Ping-Pong, Malmö (2020). Selected group exhibitions include: Bucharest: 10 Years, Nicodim Gallery, Los Angeles (2023), Emotional Rescue, Galleria Annarumma, Napoli (2023), The Intouchables, Gallery Poulsen, Copenhagen (2021) and Highly Toxic, Digitaliseum, Malmö (2021).