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Over the past ten years, the American artist Jeff Sonhouse has created a powerful body of portrait paintings depicting often-masked black male figures that consistently defy and obscure classification. Sonhouse uses masking to reveal as well as to conceal issues of identity in our culture. The matches, smoke and burned areas seem to hint at the incendiary nature of race relations in America. Sonhouse’s paintings include references as varied as traditional African masks, art historical figures as Romare Bearden, Charles White or Pablo Picasso.
Sonhouse’s subject is the African American male within Western culture, employing a visual language he has developed over the years. Repeated and edited over time, these characters have become his own. Sonhouse’s figures are presented frontally, painted close up to appear right on the canvas surface and indeed, are frequently built up with collage elements to extend into the viewer’s space. The paintings are both beautiful and provocative. Sonhouse’s distinctive painting vocabulary includes the use of cut and collaged magazine images, carefully patterned and collaged matchsticks, steel wool and soldered metal, set against his carefully rendered painted illusions. His trademark harlequin pattern, superimposed upon the faces of his subjects, immediately makes the viewer aware that, although realistically painted, these are symbolic images. By drawing upon specific and overtly violent and sexual imagery prevalent in our culture, and by pushing his figures’ symbolism to the extreme, Sonhouse exposes the hypocrisy and absurdity inherent within the myths that surround the African American male.

Jeff Sonhouse (B.1968, New York, NY) received his BFA from the School of Visual Arts, New York in 1998 and his MFA from Hunter College, New York in 2001. He won the Joan Mitchell Foundation awards and the New York Foundation for the Art prize both in 2004. His work has been included in exhibitions such as Frequency and The Bearden Project, at The Studio Museum in Harlem in 2005 and 2012 respectively; 30 Americans, at the Rubell Family Collection, Miami in 2009 which traveled widely throughout museums across America through 2016; and Face to Face: Los Angeles Collects Portraiture, at the California African American Museum, Los Angeles in 2017. Solo museum exhibitions include Probable Cause at the Atlanta Contemporary Art Center in 2003, and Opener 26 Jeff Sonhouse: Slow Motion at the Frances Young Tang Teaching Museum and Art Gallery at Skidmore College, Saratoga Springs in 2014. His work is part of public collections including Nasher Museum of Art at Duke University, Durham, NC; Artist Pension Trust, New York; Rubell Family Collection, Miami; and The Pizzuti Collection, Columbus, OH ; The Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art, Kansas City, MI ; Pérez Art Museum Miami, Miami, FL ; Kalamazoo Institute of Arts, Kalamazoo, MI. Jeff Sonhouse’s last solo exhibition was at Zidoun-Bossuyt Gallery in Luxembourg in September 2021. He is a recipient of the 2022 Colene Brown Art Prize. In 2023, Zidoun-Bossuyt Gallery will edit the first monograph of the artist: “Jeff Sonhouse: Masks, Fire, and Fortitude”, with written essays by Belinda A. Tate and Erin Dziedzic.

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GROUP SHOW

Zidoun-Bossuyt Gallery is pleased to present the inauguration group show of its new Dubai gallery with works by Noel W. Anderson, Martine Feipel & Jean Bechameil, Louis Granet, Yashua Klos, YoYo Lander, John Madu, Mustafa Maluka, Tomokazu Matsuyama, Jayson Scott Musson, Eniwaye Oluwaseyi, Jeff Sonhouse, Summer Wheat and Thomas Zitzwitz.

Exhibition Dubai 8 March - 23 April 2022
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BODIED: Jeff Sonhouse

Zidoun-Bossuyt Gallery is pleased to present Jeff Sonhouse’s new solo show.

Exhibition Luxembourg 24 September - 6 November 2021
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TRANSMISSION: Noel W. Anderson, Derek Fordjour, David Hammons, Glenn Ligon, Wangechi Mutu and Jeff Sonhouse

Zidoun-Bossuyt Gallery is pleased to announce TRANSMISSION, a group exhibition of paintings by Noel W. Anderson, Derek Fordjour, David Hammons, Glenn Ligon, Wangechi Mutu and Jeff Sonhouse.

Exhibition Luxembourg 23 May - 22 June 2019
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PARTICULAARS: Jeff Sonhouse

Zidoun-Bossuyt Gallery is pleased to present an exhibition of new works by the US artist Jeff Sonhouse. This is the artist’s first solo exhibition with the gallery and his first solo presentation in Europe. Preview on Thursday, September 22, 2016 from 6pm in presence of the artist
Exhibition September 22 – October 29, 2016

Exhibition Luxembourg 22 September - 29 October 2016
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UNDER THE INFLUENCE: Wim Delvoye, KAWS, Wangechi Mutu and Jeff Sonhouse

Group Show with Wim Delvoye, KAWS, Wangechi Mutu and Jeff Sonhouse.

Exhibition Luxembourg 7 June - 3 July 2012
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BEASTIN': Luis Gispert, Jin Meyerson and Jeff Sonhouse

Group show with Luis Gispert, Jin Meyerson and Jeff Sonhouse

Exhibition Luxembourg 17 September - 15 November 2009

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PAPERJAM Jeff Sonhouse, le portrait en héritage September 27, 2021
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AESTHETICA Composite Portraits September 22, 2021
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Beaux-Arts Magazine Les portraits arlequins de Jeff Sonhouse September 20, 2021
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HYPERALLERGIC Blackness, Portraiture, and the Weight of Identity January, 2018
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HYPERALLERGIC Inventive, Mysterious Paintings that Exceed Expectations October 24, 2017
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W Magazine The Obamas and the Inauguration of Black Painting's New Golden Age In America October 30, 2017
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WOXX Lumière noire Publish on October 7, 2016
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Le Jeudi Radical et détonnant Publish on September 29, 2016
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Zidoun-Bossuyt Gallery at Untitled Art, Miami Beach 2022 I 29 November – 3 December 2022

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