Jan-Ole Schiemann, ‘Vielgestalt (wo bin ich)’, 2019, Painting, Ink, acrylics, oil pastel on canvas, Almine Rech
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Jan-Ole Schiemann

Vielgestalt (wo bin ich), 2019

Ink, acrylics, oil pastel on canvas
78 7/10 × 70 9/10 × 1 3/5 in
200 × 180 × 4 cm
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Location
Brussels, Paris, London, New York , Shanghai
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Courtesy of the Artist and Almine Rech
Jan-Ole Schiemann
German, b. 1983
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Jan-Ole Schiemann challenges the tradition of paint on canvas through collage-like techniques in multiple layers of ink. Blurring the lines between abstraction and figuration, the traditional figure-ground relationship is in question within his practice, constructing works of a psychological and playful nature.

Schiemann’s surreal imagery is based on Max Fleischer’s groundbreaking 1930s’ cartoons. Painting almost entirely in ink and referencing Fleischer’s own medium, Schiemann builds layer upon layer on unprimed canvas to create illustrative compositions. The resulting surface creates the illusion of depth, but is surprisingly flat; so flat that they could be printed.

Formally, Schiemann’s paintings follow a pattern similar to comic strips or even filmstrips, painted frame
upon frame. The main characters emerge from the eerie, exaggerated shapes of shadows in the rhythmic and melodic swoops of his lines.

Schiemann not only utilizes found footage out of the cartoons but also merges the appropriated imagery
with elements from his rigorous drawing practice. Although the compositions are prepared and planned,
there always remains an element of spontaneity; as the painting progresses, there is room to react, to
change something, or to use coincidences.

Jan-Ole Schiemann, ‘Vielgestalt (wo bin ich)’, 2019, Painting, Ink, acrylics, oil pastel on canvas, Almine Rech
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Save
Share
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Medium
Image rights
Courtesy of the Artist and Almine Rech
Jan-Ole Schiemann
German, b. 1983
Follow

Jan-Ole Schiemann challenges the tradition of paint on canvas through collage-like techniques in multiple layers of ink. Blurring the lines between abstraction and figuration, the traditional figure-ground relationship is in question within his practice, constructing works of a psychological and playful nature.

Schiemann’s surreal imagery is based on Max Fleischer’s groundbreaking 1930s’ cartoons. Painting almost entirely in ink and referencing Fleischer’s own medium, Schiemann builds layer upon layer on unprimed canvas to create illustrative compositions. The resulting surface creates the illusion of depth, but is surprisingly flat; so flat that they could be printed.

Formally, Schiemann’s paintings follow a pattern similar to comic strips or even filmstrips, painted frame
upon frame. The main characters emerge from the eerie, exaggerated shapes of shadows in the rhythmic and melodic swoops of his lines.

Schiemann not only utilizes found footage out of the cartoons but also merges the appropriated imagery
with elements from his rigorous drawing practice. Although the compositions are prepared and planned,
there always remains an element of spontaneity; as the painting progresses, there is room to react, to
change something, or to use coincidences.

Jan-Ole Schiemann

Vielgestalt (wo bin ich), 2019

Ink, acrylics, oil pastel on canvas
78 7/10 × 70 9/10 × 1 3/5 in
200 × 180 × 4 cm
Contact For Price
Location
Brussels, Paris, London, New York , Shanghai
Have a question? Visit our help center.
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