Manor Grunewald

Lives and works in Ghent (Belgium)


Manor Grunewald considers himself first and foremost as a painter, although he is also active in the fields of sculpture, installation and prints. His work is characterised by the constant analysis of the development of the pictorial in our daily environment. He finds and collects the sources of his images everywhere in daily life: in newspapers, advertising, books, etc. In his recent works, his painting is concerned with the optics, visual conformity, imperfection and arbitrariness of the phenomenon of the black-and-white copy. The artist transfers onto his canvases the ‘blackening’, distortion and layering of the photocopy process, which leads to colour stains, reflections, white edges and blurred objects. He reduces the presence of imagery in his work to the point of near, but never complete invisibility; sometimes he blows up parts of the image to the point of near obscurity, sometimes images are erased and we are presented with practically ‘nothing’, resulting in a barely-there image with semi transparent layers of mixtures of thinner with oil and spray paint. Although the image is ostensibly at the forefront of Grunewald’s work, his central concern is the abstract nature of the systems of meaning by which it circulates.

In 2011, Grunewald was honoured with the “BNP Paribas Young Talent Award” in Belgium. In 2014, he received an “ISCP” grant for a six-month studio residency in New York.


Joan van Barneveld, Nicolas Lachance, Manor Grunewald, (re)D., Antwerp
Fifi Projects, Mexico City
Berthold Pott Gallery, Cologne
Stand-Inn****, Johannes Vogt gallery New York (solo)
Vera Kox&Manor Grunewald, Duve gallery, Berlin
Organic Mess, Ludlow Studios, New York
To The Happy Few, JeanRochDard gallery, Paris
Based Painting, Croxhapox, Ghent
Whatspace, Gerhard Hofland, Amsterdam
Unhelpful hunt, gallery Chaplini, Cologne (solo)
Life’s a beach and then you die, gallery Fortlaan 17, Ghent (solo)
The Gunshot, Marion De Canniere gallery, Antwerp
Veil of the invisible one, Ricou gallery, Brussels (solo)
Provinciale Prijs Beeldende Kunst Oost-Vlaanderen, Caermersklooster, Ghent
Jong Vlaamse Meesters, Hermitage Museum, Amsterdam
Prix de la Jeune Peinture Belge, Bozar, Brussels
I always wanted to be David Copperfield, but i turned out to be a Painter, gallery Fortlaan 17, Ghent
Be confused with an utopia of crappy souls reaching out for fingerfood and love boat trips (with Lieven Segers), projectspace Wiels, Brussels