Peter Ravn is a Danish painter whose works have the core motif of the prototype of the modern man. These men are pictured in situations where they let go of themselves and of control. They exist in an intimate and private room where reality is suspended. They are uniformed in the modern sense, dressed in what appears to be timeless suits and white shirts suggesting something very orderly and controlled, which has then lost it momentarily.
‘My work is about the basic conditions of interactions and the relationship between the individual and norms of society. About the conversation a person has with him or herself throughout life. Alone. Nobody hears this silent conversation because it takes place within yourself. To get closer to this, I eliminate or twist the exterior just as I try to avoid contemporary identity markers such as fashion, strange hair, tatoos, piercings etc. My man is everyman having a hard time finding his place in modernity.’