Artists

Iris Schomaker

Iris Schomaker, born in 1973 in Stade in Germany, is known for her originally unframed, often large-scale paintings on paper of landscapes and figures. To Schomaker, the images represented in the paintings themselves are secondary to the themes she explores through the process of painting. Herein, she focusses on forms of representation, the potential of painting, and the reproduction of atmospheric content. These themes finds expression in Schomaker’s own visual language, which is characterised by the tension between figurative representation and painterly abstraction. Schomaker’s palette is quiet, with little divergence between pastel hues and black, white, and grey tones. The softness of her palette gives her work a drawing-like quality, which is emphasized further by pencil marks and other left-over traces of the working process.

Iris Schomaker studied fine arts in Kiel and Hamburg as well as in Trondheim and Bergen in Norway. She has participated in various national and international exhibitions, including Kunstverein Schwimmhalle Schloss Plön (2016), Beijing International Art Biennale (2015), Mediation Biennal, Poznan (2014), Museum Sinclair-Haus, Bad Homburg (2014), Frankfurter Kunstverein (2013), Kunsthaus Stade (2013), Berlinische Galerie (2007; 2010), Schloss Salzau (2009), Staatliche Galerie, Zoppot (2001), and Villa Manin in Passariano (2001). Her works can be found in several public and many private collections. Iris Schomaker lives and works in Berlin.

 

EDUCATION
1994–98 Muthesius Hochschule Kiel; Hochschule für Bildende Künste Hamburg
1996–97 Academy of Fine Arts, Bergen
1996 Academy of Fine Arts, Trondheim

GRANTS  and  AWARDS
1999–2000 Künstlerhaus Lauenburg, scholarship of the federal state Schleswig-Holstein

EXHIBITIONS

2018
Walking the Line (solo exhibition), Galerie Alex Daniels – Reflex Amsterdam, Amsterdam, The Netherlands
Britzenale Berlin
, Germany
Alles, Studio im Hochhaus, Berlin, Germany

2017
Imagination of Matter (solo exhibition), Galerie Thomas Schulte, Berlin, Germany
Come to the Edge (solo exhibition), Galerie Alex Daniels – Reflex Amsterdam, Amsterdam, Netherlands

2016
Salon der Gegenwart, Hamburg, Germany
Far Bright Star – Iris Schomaker. With works by Iris Schomaker, Salvador Dali, Henri Toulouse Lautrec, Francisco de Goya y Lucientes, Glade Gallery, Houston, TX, USA
Supposed to be, Kunstverein Schwimmhalle Schloss Plön e.V, Plön, Germany

2015
“You knee them in the chin…”
One Night Group Show, Spor Klübü, Berlin, Germany
1+1=22, Galerie Roy, Zülpich, Germany
Vom Großen und Ganzen, Teil 2, Die Sammlung Haus N in der Gerisch-Stiftung, Neumünster, Germany
Beijing International Art Biennale, Beijing, China
Cold Readings #1, Circus Eins, Putbus, Rügen, Germany

2014
Verzweigt: Bäume in der zeitgenössischen Kunst, Museum Sinclair-Haus, Bad Homburg, Germany
being a person (solo exhibition), Galería Vilaseco Hauser, La Coruña, Spain
Berlin Heist/ When Nowhere Becomes Here, Mediation Biennal, Poznan, Poland
redifining modernity – Los Angeles/ Berlin, Art in Embassies, Berlin, Germany
one day soon (solo exhibition), Galerie Thomas Schulte, Berlin, Germany 

2013
Athenaeum /425 Jahre – Kunst aus Stade, Kunsthaus Stade, Stade, Germany
The end…my only friend, Neues Problem, Berlin, Germany
Vereinzelt Schauer – Formen von Wetter, Frankfurter Kunstverein, Frankfurt a. M., Germany

2012
Speak more truth (solo exhibition), Distrito 4, Madrid, Spain (cat.)
ein Bild, eine Skulptur, ein Film, Neues Problem, Berlin
Doing real things (solo exhibition), Galerie Thomas Schulte, Berlin, Germany

2011
Paperwork, U37 Raum für Kunst, Berlin, Germany
Große Erzählungen, Take/Maracke, Kiel, Germany

2010
Berlin Transfer, Berlinische Galerie, Berlin, Germany

2009
Songs of Love and Hate (solo exhibition), Landeskulturzentrum Salzau, Salzau, Germany (cat.)

2007
Review, Galerie Thomas Schulte Berlin, Germany
Grafik im Licht, Berlinische Galerie, Berlin, Germany
Silence, Aba Art, Palma de Mallorca, Spain

2006
Recent Paintings (solo exhibition), Galerie Thomas Schulte, Berlin, Germany

2004
Odd Strictly Rules (solo exhibition), Galerie Thomas Schulte, Berlin, Germany
Galerie M+R Fricke, Düsseldorf, Germany

2003
60 artists, Galerie PughPugh, Berlin, Germany
Kunst und Sport, exhibition of the German Olympic Society, Leipzig, Berlin, Cologne, Munich, Germany

2002
Alte Schnürsenkelfabrik Wuppertal “Alles mögliche”, Munster, Germany
sound of looking, enja wonneberger gallery, Kiel, Germany

2001
Malerei, (with Jan Pohl and Trine Boesen, enja wonneberger gallery, Kiel, Germany
Staatliche Galerie, Zoppot, Poland
All`Esedra, exhibition in the framework of the presentation of the Collection Marzona in the Villa Manin in Passariano, Italy

2000
47. Landesschau Schleswig-Holstein, Kunsthalle zu Kiel, Germany
nordwestkunst, Kunsthalle Wilhelmshaven, Germany
um und bei, Kunstverein Schloß Plön, Germany
Malerei, (solo exhibition), Künstlerhaus Lauenburg, Germany

1999
junger westen `99, Kunsthalle Recklinghausen, Germany
mermaiding (solo exhibition) enja wonneberger gallery, Kiel, Germany
similar grounds, KX Kampnagel, Hamburg, Germany
works on paper, Stalke Gallery, Copenhagen, Denmark

1998
home run, enja wonneberger gallery, Kiel, Germany
Warten auf das Glück, final show, PRIMA-Kunst, Kiel, Germany

 

PUBLIC  COLLECTIONS

Berlinische Galerie, Berlin
Deutsche Bank Sammlung, Frankfurt am Main
Kunsthalle Recklinghausen
Sammlung des Landes Schleswig Holstein

 

BIBLIOGRAPHY  (SELECTION)

Speak More Truth, Catalogue, The Green Box, 2012
Songs of Love and Hate, Catalogue, Argobooks, 2009
“Daniel Marzona interviews Iris Schomaker”, Juliet Art Magazine, Italy, 2004

  • Untitled, 2017
    oil and watercolour on paper

  • Untitled, 2017
    oil and watercolour on paper

  • Untitled, 2017
    oil and watercolour on paper

  • Untitled, 2017
    oil and watercolour on paper

  • Untitled, 2017
    Oil and watercolour on paper
    sold

  • Gatekeeper (green stripes), 2015
    oil and watercolour on paper

  • Untitled, 2017
    oil and watercolour on paper

  • Untitled, 2017
    oil and watercolour on paper

  • Untitled, 2017
    watercolour and oil on paper

  • Untitled, 2017
    watercolour and paint on paper

  • Untitled, 2017
    watercolour and paint on paper

  • Untitles, 2015
    watercolour and oil on paper

  • Untitledl, 2015
    oil and charcoal on paper

  • Untitled (Selma), 2014
    oil and watercolour on paper

  • Untitled (Fox/ man/ checkered chair), 2014
    oil and watercolour on paper

  • Untitled (sitting/reading), 2014
    oil and watercolour on paper

  • The Teacher (green dress), 2013
    watercolour and oil on paper

  • Black Pond II, 2010
    Watercolour and oil on paper

CAPTION

Iris Schomaker im Gespräch mit Thomas Schulte, Januar 2018

Untitled, 2017
oil and watercolour on paper
240 x 162 cm | 94 1/2 x 63 3/4 in
ISCH/GTS 643

Untitled, 2017
oil and watercolour on paper
240 x 161 cm | 94 1/2 x 63 1/2 in
ISCH/GTS 640

Untitled, 2017
oil and watercolour on paper
240 x 185 cm | 94 1/2 x 72 3/4 in
ISCH/GTS 626

Untitled, 2017
oil and watercolour on paper
190 x 224 cm | 74 3/4 x 88 1/4 in
ISCH/GTS 645

Untitled, 2017
Oil and watercolour on paper
37.6 x 30.6 cm | 14 3/4 x 12 in
Framed: 51 x 45.5 x 4 cm | 20 x 18 x 1 1/2 in
sold

Gatekeeper (green stripes), 2015
oil and watercolour on paper
240 x 151 cm | 94 1/2 x 59 1/2 in
ISCH/GTS 565

Untitled, 2017
oil and watercolour on paper
30.4 x 37.7 cm | 12 x 14 3/4 in
Framed: 45.5 x 51 x 4 cm | 18 x 20 x 1 1/2 in
sold

Untitled, 2017
oil and watercolour on paper
230 x 170 cm | 90 1/2 x 67 in
Framed: 234 x 173 x 5 cm | 92 x 68 x 2 in
ISCH/GTS 642

Untitled, 2017
watercolour and oil on paper
36.5 x 27.8 cm | 14 1/3 x 11 in
Framed: 51 x 45.5 x 4 cm | 20 x 18 x 1 1/2 in
sold

Untitled, 2017
watercolour and paint on paper
33.7 x 18.3 cm | 13 1/4 x 7 1/4 in
framed: 46.7 x 37.6 x 4 cm | 18 1/2 x 14 3/4 x 1 1/2 in
sold

Untitled, 2017
watercolour and paint on paper
29.3 x 35.9 cm | 11 1/2 x 14 1/4 in
framed: 46.7 x 37.6 x 4 cm | 18 1/2 x 14 3/4 x 1 1/2 in
sold

Untitled, 2015
watercolour and oil on paper
30 x 21.1 cm | 11 3/4 x 8 1/3 in
sold

Untitled, 2015
oil and charcoal on paper
88 x 135 cm | 34 2/3 x 53 1/4 in
sold

Untitled (Selma), 2014
oil and watercolour on paper
240 x 170.5 cm | 94 1/2 x 67 in
framed: 240.6 x 170.9 cm | 94 3/4 x 67 1/4 in
ISCH/GTS 520

Untitled (Fox/ man/ checkered chair), 2014
oil and watercolour on paper
239 x 158 cm | 94 x 62 1/4 in
ISCH/GTS 521

Untitled (sitting/reading), 2014
oil and watercolour on paper
95.5 x 86.7 cm | 37 2/3 x 34 1/4 in
sold

The Teacher (green dress), 2013
watercolour and oil on paper
240 x 170 cm | 94 1/2 x 67 in
ISCH/GTS 472

Black Pond II, 2010
Watercolour and oil on paper
240 x 180 cm | 94 1/2 x 70 3/4 in
ISCH/GTS 337

Biography and Concept

Iris Schomaker, born in 1973 in Stade in Germany, is known for her originally unframed, often large-scale paintings on paper of landscapes and figures. To Schomaker, the images represented in the paintings themselves are secondary to the themes she explores through the process of painting. Herein, she focusses on forms of representation, the potential of painting, and the reproduction of atmospheric content. These themes finds expression in Schomaker’s own visual language, which is characterised by the tension between figurative representation and painterly abstraction. Schomaker’s palette is quiet, with little divergence between pastel hues and black, white, and grey tones. The softness of her palette gives her work a drawing-like quality, which is emphasized further by pencil marks and other left-over traces of the working process.

Iris Schomaker studied fine arts in Kiel and Hamburg as well as in Trondheim and Bergen in Norway. She has participated in various national and international exhibitions, including Kunstverein Schwimmhalle Schloss Plön (2016), Beijing International Art Biennale (2015), Mediation Biennal, Poznan (2014), Museum Sinclair-Haus, Bad Homburg (2014), Frankfurter Kunstverein (2013), Kunsthaus Stade (2013), Berlinische Galerie (2007; 2010), Schloss Salzau (2009), Staatliche Galerie, Zoppot (2001), and Villa Manin in Passariano (2001). Her works can be found in several public and many private collections. Iris Schomaker lives and works in Berlin.

 

EDUCATION
1994–98 Muthesius Hochschule Kiel; Hochschule für Bildende Künste Hamburg
1996–97 Academy of Fine Arts, Bergen
1996 Academy of Fine Arts, Trondheim

GRANTS  and  AWARDS
1999–2000 Künstlerhaus Lauenburg, scholarship of the federal state Schleswig-Holstein

Exhibitions

EXHIBITIONS

2018
Walking the Line (solo exhibition), Galerie Alex Daniels – Reflex Amsterdam, Amsterdam, The Netherlands
Britzenale Berlin
, Germany
Alles, Studio im Hochhaus, Berlin, Germany

2017
Imagination of Matter (solo exhibition), Galerie Thomas Schulte, Berlin, Germany
Come to the Edge (solo exhibition), Galerie Alex Daniels – Reflex Amsterdam, Amsterdam, Netherlands

2016
Salon der Gegenwart, Hamburg, Germany
Far Bright Star – Iris Schomaker. With works by Iris Schomaker, Salvador Dali, Henri Toulouse Lautrec, Francisco de Goya y Lucientes, Glade Gallery, Houston, TX, USA
Supposed to be, Kunstverein Schwimmhalle Schloss Plön e.V, Plön, Germany

2015
“You knee them in the chin…”
One Night Group Show, Spor Klübü, Berlin, Germany
1+1=22, Galerie Roy, Zülpich, Germany
Vom Großen und Ganzen, Teil 2, Die Sammlung Haus N in der Gerisch-Stiftung, Neumünster, Germany
Beijing International Art Biennale, Beijing, China
Cold Readings #1, Circus Eins, Putbus, Rügen, Germany

2014
Verzweigt: Bäume in der zeitgenössischen Kunst, Museum Sinclair-Haus, Bad Homburg, Germany
being a person (solo exhibition), Galería Vilaseco Hauser, La Coruña, Spain
Berlin Heist/ When Nowhere Becomes Here, Mediation Biennal, Poznan, Poland
redifining modernity – Los Angeles/ Berlin, Art in Embassies, Berlin, Germany
one day soon (solo exhibition), Galerie Thomas Schulte, Berlin, Germany 

2013
Athenaeum /425 Jahre – Kunst aus Stade, Kunsthaus Stade, Stade, Germany
The end…my only friend, Neues Problem, Berlin, Germany
Vereinzelt Schauer – Formen von Wetter, Frankfurter Kunstverein, Frankfurt a. M., Germany

2012
Speak more truth (solo exhibition), Distrito 4, Madrid, Spain (cat.)
ein Bild, eine Skulptur, ein Film, Neues Problem, Berlin
Doing real things (solo exhibition), Galerie Thomas Schulte, Berlin, Germany

2011
Paperwork, U37 Raum für Kunst, Berlin, Germany
Große Erzählungen, Take/Maracke, Kiel, Germany

2010
Berlin Transfer, Berlinische Galerie, Berlin, Germany

2009
Songs of Love and Hate (solo exhibition), Landeskulturzentrum Salzau, Salzau, Germany (cat.)

2007
Review, Galerie Thomas Schulte Berlin, Germany
Grafik im Licht, Berlinische Galerie, Berlin, Germany
Silence, Aba Art, Palma de Mallorca, Spain

2006
Recent Paintings (solo exhibition), Galerie Thomas Schulte, Berlin, Germany

2004
Odd Strictly Rules (solo exhibition), Galerie Thomas Schulte, Berlin, Germany
Galerie M+R Fricke, Düsseldorf, Germany

2003
60 artists, Galerie PughPugh, Berlin, Germany
Kunst und Sport, exhibition of the German Olympic Society, Leipzig, Berlin, Cologne, Munich, Germany

2002
Alte Schnürsenkelfabrik Wuppertal “Alles mögliche”, Munster, Germany
sound of looking, enja wonneberger gallery, Kiel, Germany

2001
Malerei, (with Jan Pohl and Trine Boesen, enja wonneberger gallery, Kiel, Germany
Staatliche Galerie, Zoppot, Poland
All`Esedra, exhibition in the framework of the presentation of the Collection Marzona in the Villa Manin in Passariano, Italy

2000
47. Landesschau Schleswig-Holstein, Kunsthalle zu Kiel, Germany
nordwestkunst, Kunsthalle Wilhelmshaven, Germany
um und bei, Kunstverein Schloß Plön, Germany
Malerei, (solo exhibition), Künstlerhaus Lauenburg, Germany

1999
junger westen `99, Kunsthalle Recklinghausen, Germany
mermaiding (solo exhibition) enja wonneberger gallery, Kiel, Germany
similar grounds, KX Kampnagel, Hamburg, Germany
works on paper, Stalke Gallery, Copenhagen, Denmark

1998
home run, enja wonneberger gallery, Kiel, Germany
Warten auf das Glück, final show, PRIMA-Kunst, Kiel, Germany

 

PUBLIC  COLLECTIONS

Berlinische Galerie, Berlin
Deutsche Bank Sammlung, Frankfurt am Main
Kunsthalle Recklinghausen
Sammlung des Landes Schleswig Holstein

 

BIBLIOGRAPHY  (SELECTION)

Speak More Truth, Catalogue, The Green Box, 2012
Songs of Love and Hate, Catalogue, Argobooks, 2009
“Daniel Marzona interviews Iris Schomaker”, Juliet Art Magazine, Italy, 2004