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Kim Bartelt Biography

Kim Bartelt is a German collage and wall-relief maker. She is known for her large, chromatically restrained, geometric compositions that feature translucent found paper with traces of its own historical context. She does not manually apply paint pigments, but sometimes uses pastel or paper pulp.

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Early Years

After studying art history in Paris in the early 1990s at the Institut Supérieur des Carrières Artistiques, Bartelt went to the Parsons New School of Design, Paris for a foundation year to study painting. She then went across to New York to attend the Parsons New School of Design there, and graduated with a BFA in 1998. However, she decided to make collages and wall reliefs, and not painting in the conventional sense.

Kim Bartelt Artworks

Discarded translucent paper fascinates Bartelt as a source of imagery in her geometric and formally austere collages: notably its wrinkles, subtly imperfect edges, blemishes, and graphic remnants from earlier uses. These qualities of the found material are of particular interest to Bartelt when glued onto stretched linen, especially when combined with blocks of applied pastel. Soft greys, light buffs, duck-egg blue, red oxide, pale khakis, and beiges dominate amidst carefully balanced, nuanced but brittle, shapes. See, for example, Big Boy (2018) and My Dear (2019).

More typical Kim Bartelt artworks include Packing Paper Houses III (2021), Stillleben V (2021), Homebase II (2021), and Luftschlösser (2021).

Surprising Variations

Sometimes, Bartelt makes works by applying white paper pulp directly onto stretched brown jute, as in Paper Pulp (2020) and Paper Pulp 1 (2020). She also constructs unstretched hangings, mixing loose canvas with linen and paper, such as Changing Sides (2020).

Exhibitions

Kim Bartelt's large, very pale, and extremely delicate collages have been the subject of several solo and group exhibitions.

Solo exhibitions include Stillleben, Cadogan Contemporary, London (2022); Invisible Subjects, Cadogan Contemporary, London (2020); Baldon Berlin, Yellownose Studio, Berlin (2019); Paper, Hettler.Tüllmann, Berlin (2017); A fleur de peau, Galerie Lacke&Farben, Berlin (2015).

Group exhibitions include A Double Presentation, Wilhelmhallen Hallen #2, Berlin (2021); A Temporary Space, Studio Ima, Mexico City (2021); August Exhibition, Cadogan Contemporary, London (2020); Perhaps we should have stayed, Warbling Collective, London (2019); GIFC, Hotel Paris, Berlin (2019); Let Me Know Before You Arrive, Warbling Collective, London (2018); Anonymous Drawings, Galerie im Körnerpark, Berlin (2018).

Collections

Bartelt's work is held in private collections across Germany, Switzerland, France, Italy, U.K., U.S.A., Israel, India, and Brazil.

Website and Instagram

Bartelt's website can be found here, and her Instagram here.

John Hurrell | Ocula | 2022

Kim Bartelt Featured Artworks

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About Time by Kim Bartelt contemporary artwork painting
Kim Bartelt About Time, 2020 Paper on linen
60 x 50 cm
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Mobile Home VI by Kim Bartelt contemporary artwork painting
Kim Bartelt Mobile Home VI, 2022 Paper on linen
100 x 80 cm
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Pitstop by Kim Bartelt contemporary artwork painting, mixed media
Kim Bartelt Pitstop, 2020 paper on linen
60 x 50 cm
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Riddle by Kim Bartelt contemporary artwork painting, mixed media
Kim Bartelt Riddle, 2020 paper on linen
60 x 50 cm
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Cadogan Gallery
Famiglia VII by Kim Bartelt contemporary artwork painting, mixed media
Kim Bartelt Famiglia VII, 2020 Paper on primed jute
150 x 150 cm
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Famiglia VI by Kim Bartelt contemporary artwork painting, mixed media
Kim Bartelt Famiglia VI, 2020 Paper on primed jute
150 x 160 cm
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Cadogan Gallery
Packing Paper Houses VI by Kim Bartelt contemporary artwork painting, works on paper
Kim Bartelt Packing Paper Houses VI, 2022 Paper on canvas
100 x 100 cm
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Mobile Homes IX by Kim Bartelt contemporary artwork painting
Kim Bartelt Mobile Homes IX, 2022 Paper on canvas
100 x 130 cm
Sold
Cadogan Gallery

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