Evoking a nostalgic holiday seascape – and then abstracting this notion in turn – Thomas Scheibitz’s print ‘Family by the Sea Ι’ seems to comfort and contradict in equal measures. Painterly brushstrokes lap gently against sharp geometric forms, exemplifying Scheibitz’s inimitable approach to the composition and deconstruction of an image. With its blend of expressive gesture and calculated fragmentation, Scheibitz manages to make unrecognisable forms recognisable – and vice versa – exploring a dynamic range of form, texture and palette.
‘Family by the Sea Ι’ is a large silkscreen print produced with 27 colours plus a localised glaze, printed on 410gsm Somerset tub-sized paper using oil-based inks.
Thomas Scheibitz was born in 1968 in Radeberg, Germany, and studied alongside Frank Nitsche and Eberhard Havekost at Hochschule für Bildende Künste (HBK) in Dresden. Developing his skills within the influential Dresden painting tradition, he uses symbols of contemporary culture to create canvases that exist between abstraction and figuration.
In 2005, the artist collaborated with Tino Seghal to create the German pavilion at the 51st Venice Biennale. Recent group shows include Construction New Berlin, Phoenix Art Museum, USA, 2006; Radar: Selections from the Logan Collection, Denver Art Museum, USA, 2006; The Artist's Dining Room Level 2 Gallery, Tate Modern, London, UK, 2007; Less is more - more could be Less, Kerlin Gallery, Dublin, Ireland, 2007 and Zuordnungsprobleme, Johann König, Berlin, 2008. Scheibitz has also shown widely with solo exhibitions: Brot & Spiele, Tanya Bonakdar Gallery New York, USA, 2004; Casa Amalia Index, Gallerie Sprüth Magers, Cologne, Germany, 2006; Low Sweetie # Omega Haus, Produzentengalerie Hamburg, Germany, 2006 and about 90 elements/ TOD IM DSCHUNGEL, Camden Arts Centre, London, UK and Musée d' Art Moderne Luxembourg, Luxembourg, 2008.
The artist lives and works in Berlin.