Katja Seib (b. 1989, Dusseldorf) graduated from Dusseldorf Kunstakademie with an MFA in painting in early 2016. Working figuratively, Seib paints directly onto canvases of raw hessian fabric using photographs on her phone. Through a combination of technologically-mediated imagery, a fascination with surface pattern and texture, and a self-conscious glance back to the histories of her medium, Seib creates works that are simultaneously familiar and strange, combining a subtle interplay of texture and image with deft brushwork and a meticulous attention to detail.
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While some stumble into their creative careers by accident, painter Katja Seib carved out her path early on. Working with oil on canvas, hessian or fabric, Katja paints in an instinctive and natural way, turning thoughts and mediations from her daily life into images with resonance.
A series of stylishly sinister oppositions set the scene for this exhibition by German painter Katja Seib, in which real and imagined portraits merged with a mannered symbolism. The self-conscious, carefully rendered large-scale works downstairs contrasted with more informal, and generally much smaller, paintings upstairs. Within the context of...
And then there’s German-born Katja Seib, who trained with Tomma Abts and was a visiting student of Peter Doig at the famed Arts Academy of Düsseldorf. Her lucid, moody figure paintings, on rough burlap or found fabrics, mix realism and fiction in unexpected ways—one just made its L.A. debut in Sadie Coles’s booth at Frieze.