Iris Schomaker – Aloe (2011)
Artist bio via Galerie Thomas Schulte:
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
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.
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.