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b. 1973, Germany

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.

Iris Schomaker Featured Artworks

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Untitled by Iris Schomaker contemporary artwork
Iris SchomakerUntitled, 2020Watercolour and oil on paper
29.7 x 20.9 cm
Galerie Thomas Schulte Contact Gallery
Untitled by Iris Schomaker contemporary artwork
Iris SchomakerUntitled, 2020Watercolour and oil on paper
29.7 x 20.9 cm
Galerie Thomas Schulte Contact Gallery
Untitled by Iris Schomaker contemporary artwork
Iris SchomakerUntitled, 2020Watercolour and oil on paper
29.7 x 20.9 cm
Galerie Thomas Schulte Contact Gallery
Untitled by Iris Schomaker contemporary artwork
Iris SchomakerUntitled, 2020Watercolour and oil on paper
29.7 x 20.9 cm (incl frame)
Galerie Thomas Schulte Contact Gallery
Untitled by Iris Schomaker contemporary artwork
Iris SchomakerUntitled, 2019Oil, crayon, charcoal and watercolour on paper
Reflex Amsterdam Contact Gallery
Untitled by Iris Schomaker contemporary artwork
Iris SchomakerUntitled, 2019Oil, crayon, charcoal and watercolour on paper
36.3 x 22.7 cm
Reflex Amsterdam Contact Gallery
Untitled by Iris Schomaker contemporary artwork
Iris SchomakerUntitled, 2019Oil, crayon, charcoal and watercolour on paper
43 x 31.8 cm
Reflex Amsterdam Contact Gallery
Untitled by Iris Schomaker contemporary artwork
Iris SchomakerUntitled, 2019Oil, crayon, charcoal and watercolour on paper
38.1 x 28.9 cm
Reflex Amsterdam Contact Gallery

Iris Schomaker 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 AmsterdamAmsterdam
Contemporary art exhibition, Group Exhibition, New Beginnings at Reflex Amsterdam, Amsterdam
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6 January–17 February 2018 Group Exhibition New Beginnings Reflex AmsterdamAmsterdam

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Iris Schomaker In Video & Audio

IN CONVERSATION WITH... IRIS SCHOMAKER Related Video & Audio IN CONVERSATION WITH... IRIS SCHOMAKER 8 December 2018, Reflex Amsterdam

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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