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Norbert Schwontkowski

German, 1949–2013

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Norbert Schwontkowski

German, 1949–2013

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The work of German artist Norbert Schwontkowski is deceivingly simple, at once playful and melancholy, naïve and sophisticated. His small, unassuming canvases can also be oddly humorous at times, as in a painting of a monk pondering a row of washing machines or a figure made seemingly of googly eyes. Falling somewhere between abstraction, representation, and cartoon, his spare canvases tell a story in just a few brush strokes. To create the pieces, he grinds his own pigment, mixing them directly on the canvas as though he were working with pastels. He adds metal oxides to the pigment, creating shimmering surfaces that continue to change over time.

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KW Institute for Contemporary Art
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Museum of Modern Art (MoMA)
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Artforum, and 1 more
Biography

The work of German artist Norbert Schwontkowski is deceivingly simple, at once playful and melancholy, naïve and sophisticated. His small, unassuming canvases can also be oddly humorous at times, as in a painting of a monk pondering a row of washing machines or a figure made seemingly of googly eyes. Falling somewhere between abstraction, representation, and cartoon, his spare canvases tell a story in just a few brush strokes. To create the pieces, he grinds his own pigment, mixing them directly on the canvas as though he were working with pastels. He adds metal oxides to the pigment, creating shimmering surfaces that continue to change over time.

Career Highlights
Learn more about artist insights.
Blue chip status
Blue chip representation
Represented by internationally reputable galleries.
Group
Group show at a major institution
KW Institute for Contemporary Art
Institution
Collected by a major institution
Museum of Modern Art (MoMA)
Publication
Reviewed by a major art publication
Artforum, and 1 more