Iris Schomaker Biography

Born in 1973 in Stade, Germany, Iris Schomaker has reached international acclaim through her often large-scale, watercolour paintings of landscapes and figures. What is actually represented in her paintings is secondary to Schomaker’s oeuvre: her work is primarily about the process of representation, about exploring painterly possibilities and the reproduction of atmospheric content. The artist finds her own original visual language in the tension between figurative representation and painterly abstraction.

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Schomaker’s palette, mainly applied onto paper, is quiet, and its pastel hues diverge little from black, white, and grey tones. This lends her paintings a drawing-like aspect, which is emphasized still further by the remaining traces of the working process. The searching movements of the lines that document the process of composition appear through the glazed application of paint and fuse with them. Her paintings are just as much about the process of capturing something in a drawing and the discovery of a painterly composition, as they are about the motif itself and its atmospheric and physical qualities.

Iris Schomaker studied Fine Arts in Kiel, Germany, and Trondheim and Bergen, Norway. She has participated in various national exhibitions, including Berlinische Galerie in 2007 and 2010 and in 2013 at Frankfurter Kunstverein. In 2014 she was participant at the biennale in Posnan. Her works can be found in numerous public and private collections.

The artist lives and works in Berlin.

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Snow Landscape III by Iris Schomaker contemporary artwork painting, drawing
Iris Schomaker Snow Landscape III, 2013 Water colour, oil on paper
240 x 180 cm
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Snow Landscape II by Iris Schomaker contemporary artwork painting, drawing
Iris Schomaker Snow Landscape II, 2013 Water colour, oil on paper
240 x 180 cm
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The Beast by Iris Schomaker contemporary artwork painting
Iris Schomaker The Beast, 2023 Watercolour and oil on paper
35.5 x 30.5 cm
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Untitled by Iris Schomaker contemporary artwork painting, works on paper, sculpture
Iris Schomaker Untitled, 2023 Watercolour and oil on paper
35 x 25 cm
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Untitled by Iris Schomaker contemporary artwork painting, works on paper
Iris Schomaker Untitled, 2023 Watercolour and oil on paper
507 x 405 cm
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Untitled (close up, lying figure) by Iris Schomaker contemporary artwork painting, works on paper
Iris Schomaker Untitled (close up, lying figure), 2022 Watercolour and oil on paper
395 x 416 cm
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Untitled (yellow trousers, yellow black background) by Iris Schomaker contemporary artwork painting, works on paper
Iris Schomaker Untitled (yellow trousers, yellow black background), 2022 Watercolour and oil on paper
349 x 484 cm
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Untitled (blue pullover, frontal) by Iris Schomaker contemporary artwork painting, works on paper
Iris Schomaker Untitled (blue pullover, frontal), 2022 Watercolour and oil on paper
559 x 37 cm
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