Aderhold, Detlef E.


Detlef E. Aderhold was born on September 25, 1948 in Lüneburg. After many years of artistic work and training, e.g. at the Freie Akademie der bildenden Künste Essen and the School of Visual Arts New York, Aderhold began to show his art to the international public in 2011. In 2017, his work was selected for the “165th Annual Open Exhibition of the Royal West of England Academy”. In 2018 and 2019 his paintings were shortlisted for the “Summer Exhibition” of the Royal Academy of Arts London. The European Cultural Center invited Aderhold to take part in the exhibition “Personal Structures” in the context of the 58th Venice Biennale in 2019.

Detlef Aderhold’s abstract pictures are created in a field of tension between chance and structure, emotion and construction, spontaneity and design. They are both dynamic and expressive as well as contemplative and reflective. Each of his pictures is therefore not only an invitation to immerse oneself in its depth and overall structure, but also its right opposite: images seem to look at the viewers from within the picture and challenge them to correspond with them. With his works, Aderhold also reacts to the discussion of contemporary issues. There are pictures on the subject matter of the digital age as well as on the aesthetic examination of the image as an iconic visual sense: “Zero point zero” makes it clear that some aspects of a picture are completely beyond language. These can only be understood through a direct “cognitive seeing” (sehendes Sehen), as Max Imdahl aptly put it. Not without reason are his pictures surrounded by an enigmatic atmosphere that cannot be translated into language, but must be experienced directly in front of the picture.

Since 2011, Detlef Aderhold has regularly participated in exhibitions and art fairs in the USA, Canada and Europe. He also worked for the Shangri-La hotel group as an “Artist in Residence” in the Maldives. Since 2020, he has been represented by LDXArtodrome Gallery in its international program.