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(1978 – 2015), Germany

Christian Schoeler Biography

Born in 1978 in Hagen, Germany, Christian Schoeler stages photographs and uses the images as starting points for new works. However, he is not interested in staying true to the actual appearance of the person depicted. Other works on paper are based on a combination of photographs he has found or made himself. He takes the scenery from one photograph and a person from another and combines them together in 'a miniature of an alternative reality.'

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Schoeler appropriately describes his studio as a laboratory, a place where things are being transformed and experiments are conducted. In his laboratory he converts his models into androgynous, apparitional figures. Schoeler doesn't paint their bodies; he paints his idealised impression of them. Their indefiniteness makes his drawings function as a mirror for the artist's emotions. Sometimes, when looking at older paintings he has done, Schoeler wonders why he exposed so much of himself in a work. The people in his works are like ethereal doubles, and Schoeler deals with his own vulnerability when creating them. As a result, we see transcendent beings emerging from a mist; ghostly youngsters, inseparable from back- or foreground, introverted figures that define the space around them and are at the same time absorbed by it.

Text courtesy Galerie Urs Meile.

Christian Schoeler Featured Artworks

Untitled #038 (Niki) by Christian Schoeler contemporary artwork painting, mixed media
Christian SchoelerUntitled #038 (Niki), 2011Mixed media, oil on canvas mounted on wood
60 x 40 cm
Galerie Urs Meile Enquire
Self Portrait in the Nude with Hat by Christian Schoeler contemporary artwork painting, mixed media
Christian SchoelerSelf Portrait in the Nude with Hat, 2011Mixed media, oil on canvas mounted on wood
220 x 138 cm
Galerie Urs Meile Enquire
Untitled #70-028 by Christian Schoeler contemporary artwork works on paper
Christian SchoelerUntitled #70-028, 2012Mixed media watercolour on handmade paper
30 x 19.5 cm
Galerie Urs Meile Enquire
Untitled #072 (Solomon) by Christian Schoeler contemporary artwork works on paper, mixed media
Christian SchoelerUntitled #072 (Solomon), 2011Mixed media, pastel, handmade paper
93 x 61 cm
Galerie Urs Meile Enquire
#70-042 (Tumble mary, as if affecting a ten million glance, maggy de la laine) by Christian Schoeler contemporary artwork painting, mixed media
Christian Schoeler#70-042 (Tumble mary, as if affecting a ten million glance, maggy de la laine), 2013Mixed media, oil on canvas mounted on wood
70 x 135 cm
Galerie Urs Meile Enquire

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