In the last five years, Danish artist Kasper Sonne has quietly risen on the contemporary art scene - thanks to his appeal with young collectors and aspiring dealers.

Sonne lives and works in Greenpoint, Brooklyn, where he creates and then 'destroys' his paintings and sculptures, in what critics call 'constrained spontaneity.'

''For me, it’s about doing one thing that's very controlled and methodically thought out and then indulging the urge to do the opposite,'' explained the artist back in 2015 in an interview with Blouin Artinfo.

Kasper Sonne, TXC34, 2016signed, titled and dated (Replacement Piece) 2016 on the overlap Kasper Sonne, TXC34, 2016
signed, titled and dated (Replacement Piece) 2016 on the overlap

At the time of the interview, the artist had almost reached 100 works in his TXC series, which the piece sent in to the appraisal service is from. The chemically treated works  are created by painting monochrome shapes on to a canvas which Sonne then pours chemicals on to. The result is a spontaneous display of color and hues.

The series is incredibly popular, thanks to a string of representations at fairs and galleries, solo shows and much hype on social media, in the last 4 years the waiting list for TXC works has grown exponentially.

The destructive qualities of Sonne's work echoes Modern masters before him, who today are some of the most successfully selling artists on the secondary market. Think of Warhol's experiments with chemical process, Yves Klein's forays with fire and Fontana's destructive masterpieces - all big sellers at auction.

Kasper Sonne with works from his TXC and Borderline series Kasper Sonne with works from his TXC and Borderline series

''With every single piece ther'’s a slight anxiety right before I light it on fire. If I go upstate with five canvases, I probably won't come back with five pieces and I kind of like that,'' explained Sonne in 2015. At that point, Sonne had destroyed almost a quarter of his worked intended for the TXC series, with some of them having to be fixed after the chemicals had caused holes in the canvas. The piece at Phillips which has been signed replacement piece could well be an example of one of these mended works.

''It's a little more rewarding doing the chemical paintings because there are more processes: I make one pour, let it dry up, then I'll do another pour and then that changes the colors even more. It's another possibility of doing something wrong.''

Prior to the TXC series, Sonne worked solely in black and white, exploring the tensions of oppositions: dark and light, calm and chaos, masculine and feminine. This evolved into a need for color - and this is when the acid-soaked TXC series was born.

The Danish artist's works can demand prices up to $13 000, with pieces from his TXC series being some of his most in demand and therefore most expensive. Check out realized prices for Sonne here.

Sonne's burned and bleached canvases really art hot property - pardon the pun.

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