Orsten Groom


For the first time at the Templon Gallery, the young «Outsider» painter Orsten Groom presents a series of paintings as spectacular as they are unclassifiable, to be discovered in 3D glasses, for a guttural and shifted reading of history through the iconoclastic one of the images.

Exhibition view, SIEG MHUND KALUMNIATOR, TEMPLON Brussels, 2021
Exhibition view, SIEG MHUND KALUMNIATOR, TEMPLON Brussels, 2021

Entitled «SIEG MHUND KALUMNIATOR», it is an evolving series of large formats, such as mural frescoes articulated on Freud and Moses, as well as an improbable canine pun. Describing his practice as «post-historical parietal art», Orsten Groom proceeds by concatenating iconographic references

– from Egyptian bas-reliefs to Andy Warhol, via the figures of Moses or Freud. He interweaves his jubilant compositions with effects of superimposition and perspective, revealing complex and unexpected connections.



The artist

Born in 1982 in Guyana, Orsten Groom is a multidisciplinary artist of Russian-Polish origins. At the age of 20, he suffered a ruptured aneurysm while studying at the Beaux-Arts in Paris which left him amnesic and epileptic. During his convalescence he learned that he was a painter and returned to art school, studying with French painters François Boisrond and Jean-Michel Alberola. From that moment on, he positioned himself as a fiercely independent artist, developing a protean body of work that reaches beyond painting to embrace music, sculpture, film and poetry. In 2020, the Centre d'Art ACMCM (A Cent Mètres du Centre du Monde) in Perpignan held the very first retrospective dedicated to his work. In 2021, he took advantage of the Covid-induced siege situation to open the Cabinet Chrome Dinette with Olivier Kaeppelin, an undercover private showroom at a secret Parisian address. From July to Novembre, 2022, Le Sucquet des Artistes in Cannes opens its space to Orsten Groom for his project "Limbe (le vroi dans la Nuit)". In 2023, The Musée Paul Valéry in Sètes is dedicating to him a restrospective called "Volcan du comas".

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