Not only one of the most influential painters of the past few decades, Albert Oehlen is also among the most controversial artists of postwar Germany. His contemporary pictorial style is an amalgam of methods borrowed from the advertising industry, Expressionist brushwork, Surrealist gesture, and computer-generated images. Determined to add complexity to a medium that is periodically declared obsolete, Oehlen uses his work to fuel the debate. In recent years, his paintings have attained what he identifies as his main subject matter: freedom. Read more.