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ABOUT PORTRAITURE

is based on the idea of a colloquium. Five painters and an art historian are invited to discuss the subject of portraits in painting:

Felicity Brown (Norwich, GB),

Martin Holzschuh (Frankfurt/M, Germany),

Monika Romstein (Frankfurt/M),

Britta Kadolsky (Frankfurt/M),

Carolin Kropff (Frankfurt/M) and:

Corinna Mayer (Frankfurt/M).

About Portraiture 2 is the continuation of

About Portraiture in 2021.

Exhibition

12/02 2022 / 5 - 10pm

12/03 2022 / 12 - 3pm

jourUNfixe -  A workshop talk

12/03 2022 / 3 - 5pm

Over the centuries, portrait painting has been undergoing a significant change. From generalization and individualization to realistic, abstract and symbolic representations, it remains a lively and personal subject.

The colloquium has met several times into 2021 to talk about and discuss the subject of portraiture. This exchange will be continued here. We have invited the Frankfurt painter Corinna Meyer to be our guest.

It makes no claim to a complete analysis and absolute answers. Rather, the interest of the colloquium is directed towards mutual artistic exchange and the development of thoughts in conversation. Artistic interpretation as a method is in the foreground. Intuition and inspiration in comparison with historical models, philosophical and social concepts are the focus of our discussions.

Our conversation repeatedly revolved around the aspect of the private - portraits in a domestic sphere.

Corinna Mayer studied at the Städelschule in the class of Hermann Nitsch from 1991 - 1997 and was a master student in the subject of interdisciplinary art. She writes:

The theme of my painting is the  connection and the unconnectedness of people to others or to themselves. The sitters are a mirror of what we are or at the same time what we could be. The question arises after what roles we play in life. Rooted in the past, human beings are imbued with longings and imagination.
In my painting, I want to bring together opposites and allow ambivalence. The goal of my painting is to paint pictures that stimulate a multi-layered perception of reality.

Felicity Brown is a British artist and fashion designer. She studied art and textile printing at the Glasgow School of Art and the Royal College of Art, London.

Together with her brother Henry Brown she founded her own designer label and became part of NEWGEN, and this enabled her to show collections in London, Paris and New York. She has shown work at the Victoria & Albert Museum, London, the Handbag Museum in Seoul, and The Fashion Project at Bal Harbour Shops, Miami, alongside pieces by Jean Cocteau, Elsa Schiaparelli, Léon Bakst and Hussein Chalaayan. She has been collaborating with Carolin Kropff since 2015.

Martin Holzschuh was a master student of Michael Krebber at the Städelschule. He writes:

I also drew, and not infrequently, a drawing was a trigger to paint a new image, transformed by the materiality of colour. Increasingly, my paintings darkened into dark, almost abstract surfaces. When this reached an endpoint, I began to approach a figurative position again through sketching. The painterly dialogue with Felicity, Monika and Carolin is a good occasion to continue these new approaches.

Monika Romstein lives and work in Frankfurt. Romstein is known for her work with watercolours, oilpaintings and installations, ranging from large scale to small format. Being highly motivated by a dark, haunting and fable-like range of references, her work includes imagery from domestic realities as well as landscape elements. Whether surreal or narrative, her intense and detailed paintings are often perceived as controversial.The figures and spaces in the intimate formats of the watercolors are about the refusal to accept the dictates of evidence that constitute our reality space. Thus, sceneries appear in the watercolors that at first seem strange and enraptured, yet continually refer to aspects of our present and past.

Britta Kadolsky is an art historian (MA) based in Frankfurt. She studied art history and art education at Goethe University in Frankfurt after working for a long time in a major bank. She also paints and draws herself and approaches art both theoretically and practically. During her studies, she discovered her love for writing about art and has been running her own art blog 'Was kann Kunst' since 2020. There she prefers to write about modern and contemporary art and posts articles regularly.

Carolin Kropff studied at the Düsseldorf Kunstakademie and Städelschule Frankfurt where she graduated. From 1989-1991 she worked as an assistant costume designer and men's tailor at the Theater Dortmund. From 1999 - 2002 she maintained studios in Madrid, Spain and 2006 - 2011 in Dubai, UAE. In 2020 she founded STUDIOSPACE Lange Strasse 31 in Frankfurt am Main. The project work is supported by the Kulturamt Frankfurt and the Fraureferat Frankfurt.

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