Based in Munich’s culturally rich Maxvorstadt district, Susan Boutwell Gallery promotes to a German audience contemporary artists from Australia and New Zealand, alongside other international artists.Read More
Established in 2017, its eponymous owner, the seasoned gallerist Susan Boutwell, was previously the director of Sydney’s Boutwell Draper Gallery for 15 years. Boutwell brings to Munich elements of that gallery’s programme, remaining loyal to it antipodean roots and committed to an international conversation by its continued engagement with the European art scene.
Susan Boutwell Gallery Artists
Susan Boutwell Gallery represents a selection of artists working in various fields including painting, sculpture, installation, and photography. Its roster of established and emerging artists reflects the Asia Pacific focus of the earlier Boutwell Draper gallery.
The gallery represents Australian artists such as New York-based painter Peter Daverington, who paints surreal pastiches of different artistic styles and visual languages, and Melbourne artist, curator and writer, Peter Westwood whose semi-abstract works revolve around passivity and change. It also represents New Zealanders like whimsical and cheeky portraitist Gavin Hurley, and fellow Aucklander Sam Mitchell whose subversive paintings of people and animals incorporate detailed abstract patterns and near-universal figurative motifs.
Maintaining a broader international scope, however, Susan Boutwell Gallery additionally represents internationally-exhibiting European artists such as Hungarian painter and ceramicist Mira Makai, who creates glossy abstract organic forms; and Austrian painter Claudia Hirtl whose abstract works combine Eastern and Western modes of thought to confound habitual perceptions.
Also represented are German contemporary artists including Berlin’s sculptor of delicate and imperfect porcelain and paper clay works Leona Tobien, and Munich natives Stefanie Hofer, whose graphics and prints have solely focused on gardens as a subject, and Jonah Gebka, whose works on paper combining printing and painting explore ideas of repetition, serialisation and processes of modern printing.
Susan Boutwell Gallery Exhibitions
Presenting a stylistically diverse international programme to its Munich audience, the gallery regularly holds solo shows promoting its various artists’ new works, whether from Munich, wider Europe, or further afield.
Susan Boutwell Gallery also brings together these diverse backgrounds and styles in group exhibitions that offer a broad international slice of contemporary art. The gallery’s opening exhibition in Munich, New in Town (2016), presented painting, photography, paper collages, and ceramics by German, Austrian, Australian, and New Zealand artists. The gallery’s second large group show Sommerausstellung - Summer Exhibition (2018), brought together an even larger, more diverse selection of artists.
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Melanie Siegel's pictures show the domesticated interventions of man in the landscape, which turn the natural space into a designed and conquered place.
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