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Havana Biennial 2019: Constructing the Possible Ocula Report Havana Biennial 2019: Constructing the Possible 17 Apr 2019 : Federica Bueti for Ocula

I first visited Havana in November 2016, a few days after Fidel Castro died, and just under a year before Hurricane Irma hit Cuba in September 2017. Since then, much has changed, including the hand-painted signs that punctuate the journey from the airport to the city centre, which today do not celebrate the revolution so much as the 'Unidad y...

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Andrew Stahl and Guo Xiaohui Ocula Conversation Andrew Stahl and Guo Xiaohui

The exhibition Beyond Boundaries at Somerset House in London (12 March–2 April 2019) marked the historic contributions of the Central Academy of Fine Arts, Beijing (CAFA) and the Slade School of Fine Art, University College London, on the occasion of their 100th and 150th anniversaries, respectively. Spread across several rooms of Somerset House's...

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The National 2019: New Australian Art Ocula Report The National 2019: New Australian Art 13 Apr 2019 : Elyse Goldfinch for Ocula

The National 2019: New Australian Art features work by 70 contemporary Australia-based artists split across three venues: the Art Gallery of New South Wales (AGNSW), Carriageworks, and the Museum of Contemporary Art Australia (MCA) (29 March–21 July 2019), as curated by Isobel Parker Philip, curator of photographs at AGNSW; Daniel Mudie Cunningham,...

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Iris Schomaker

b. 1973, Germany

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.

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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Featured Artworks

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Untitled by Iris Schomaker contemporary artwork Iris SchomakerUntitled, 2018 Oil, crayon, charcoal and watercolour on paper
36.9 x 29.9 cm
Reflex Amsterdam
The Swimmer and the Fox by Iris Schomaker contemporary artwork Iris SchomakerThe Swimmer and the Fox, 2018 Oil, crayon, charcoal and watercolour on paper
240 x 159 cm
Reflex Amsterdam
Untitled by Iris Schomaker contemporary artwork Iris SchomakerUntitled, 2018 Oil, crayon, charcoal and watercolour on paper
38.9 x 29.5 cm
Reflex Amsterdam
Untitled by Iris Schomaker contemporary artwork Iris SchomakerUntitled, 2018 Oil, crayon, charcoal and watercolour on paper
30.1 x 21 cm
Reflex Amsterdam
Untitled (Leaning Against the Wall) by Iris Schomaker contemporary artwork Iris SchomakerUntitled (Leaning Against the Wall), 2018 Oil, crayon, charcoal and watercolour on paper
220 x 120 cm
Reflex Amsterdam
Untitled by Iris Schomaker contemporary artwork Iris SchomakerUntitled, 2018 Oil, crayon, charcoal and watercolour on paper
59.5 x 54.5 cm
Reflex Amsterdam
Untitled by Iris Schomaker contemporary artwork Iris SchomakerUntitled, 2018 Oil, crayon, charcoal and watercolour on paper
136.5 x 73.5 cm
Reflex Amsterdam
Untitled by Iris Schomaker contemporary artwork Iris SchomakerUntitled, 2017 Oil and watercolour on paper
240 x 185 cm
Galerie Thomas Schulte

Recent Exhibitions

Contemporary art exhibition, Iris Schomaker, Walking the Line at Reflex Amsterdam, Amsterdam
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23 November 2018–26 January 2019 Iris Schomaker Walking the Line Reflex Amsterdam

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On occasion of our new exhibition, 'Iris Schomaker: Walking the Line', a new episode of 'IN CONVERSATION WITH...' has been released.In this interview Iris Schomaker opens up about her artistic practice, process and the mysterious inhabitants of her work, discussing the development of her work since her last exhibition at Reflex Amsterdam in...

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