About

Johanna Marie Schimming is a German artist and textile designer born in Dresden, Germany, in 1988.

Always drawn between art and design and loving to immerse herself in other cultural and linguistic environments, she lived for six years in Rome, Italy, from the age of 18.

Since 2013 she has been based in Paris, France, working as an Embroidery Designer for Haute Couture Fashion. Her abstract painting work is distinguished by organic ‘gestures’ and clear, minimalist lines.

Solo exhibitions

2022_Nov 24 -Feb 24 2023, RÉSONANCES, AFC-Promotion Paris, France

2022_DIMENSIONS , Studio Zéphyrin Bonal, Domaine Castanche, by Residence Galerie, Biarritz, FR

2020_PRIVATE VIEW 01, Paris, France

2020_Galerie Louchard, Paris, France

2007_‘MIROIR. NARCISSUS’, Atelier Bärbel Schäfer, Dresden, Germany

Group exhibitions

2022_Nov 7 – Jan 11, Women in Abstraction, virtual show on Artsy, Alfa Gallery Miami, USA

2022_Sept 17 – Dec 31, FLOW, virtual show on Artsy, Alfa Gallery Miami, USA

2022_ PANAL, virtual show on Artsy, Alfa Gallery Miami, USA

2022_ABSTRACTION IN ACTION, virtual show on Artsy, Alfa Gallery Miami, USA

2022_UNTITLED MIAMI, virtual show on Artsy, Alfa Gallery Miami, USA

2021_ART BASEL / MIAMI BEACH/ virtual show on Artsy, Alfa Gallery Miami, USA

2021/22_CONTEMPLATION, virtual show on Artsy, Alfa Gallery Miami, USA

2021_Salon international d’art contemporain Bruxelles, Belgium, represented by Van Gogh Art Gallery Madrid

2021_ SURFING, virtual show on Artsy, Alfa Gallery Miami, USA

2021_GENESIS, virtual show, The Holy Art, London, UK

2021_Salon international d’art contemporain Bruxelles, Belgium, Van Gogh Art Gallery Madrid, cancelled due to covid 19

2020_Salon international d’art contemporain Bruxelles, Belgium, Van Gogh Art Gallery Madrid, postponed due to covid 19

2020_Galerie Louchard, Paris, France  cancelled due to covid 19

2019_International Academic Prize of Poetry and Contemporary Art Castello
della Castelluccia, Rome, Italy

_Artextures, 7° edition
2015_Centre d’Art Contemporain de Briançon, France
2015_La Manufacture Bohin, Saint-Sulpice-sur-Risle, France
2014_Paris – mairie du 1er, France
2014_Musée de la Toile de Jouy, France
2014_Château de La Gobinière, Orvault, France
2014_Tonnellerie de Brouage, France
2013_Château d’eau de Bourges, France
2013_Carrefour Européen du Patchwork,Sainte-Marieaux-Mine, France

_Eros – Miniartextil, 23° edition
2014_Museo del Palazzo Mocenigo, Venise, Italy
2014_Le Beffroi, Montrouge, France
2014_Musée des Dentelles et des Broderies de Caudry, France
2013_Villa Olmo, Como, Italy

_‘The bond of art and fashion’ Elena Mirò Art & Fashion
2012_exhibition Pinot Gallizio at Teatro Sociale, Alba, Italy
2011_cappella di Sant’Uberto, Reggia Venaria of Turin, Italy

2007_‘Water’
2006_Kunstbibliothek Dresden, Germany

Contests & Art Prizes

2021_ART MATTERS IV, Honourable Mention for artwork 097, Galerie Biesenbach, Cologne, Germany

2021_GENESIS, The Holy Art Gallery, London, UK

2020_ART MATTERS II, Honourable Mention for artwork 152, Galerie Biesenbach, Cologne, Germany

2019_International Academic Prize of Poetry and Contemporary Art ‘Apollo Dionisiaco’ , 6° edition, honourable mention for artwork 071, Rome, Italy

2019_Prisma Art Prize 1st edition, selection of artworks 053 and 071, Rome, Italy

2013_Miniartextil, 23° edition, Como, Italy

2013_Artextures, contemporary textile art, 7° edition, France

2011_Gruppo Miroglio, Elena Mirò Art & Fashion, Turin, Italy

2008_Scholarship of Istituto Europeo Di Design Rome, Italy

Photo by Zhou Sha

About painting

With my background in design, painting revealed itself as a vital counter-practice to the minute and figurative work of drawing.

My abstract work has a minimalist tendency. I aim to pare expression down to its most essential and to balance space with substance.

I use few gestures, but they are strong and decisive. They may be spontaneous or the result of deep reflection. Space as the ‘void’ that surrounds a gesture plays a central role, that I perceive as being similar to the space of resonance that encloses a sound.

I explore my perception of space further, working both in height and depth through relief and layers, or rectangles of transparent paint and varnish that act both as a veil and the opening to another dimension.

The rhythmic marks of acrylic paint may seem to be a code or recall Braille script.

For me painting involves the discovery of my own language. It is both an act of freedom and an acquisition of self-awareness.

I’m inspired by nature and I aim to render its vitality through my paintings, most of all by the movement of brushstrokes and marks, blending colours and fluidity.

I also explore the same elements as those of musical composition, like time, dynamics, rhythm, harmony, acceleration and silence, which are essential components of life, too.

Through my work I search to express vitality, balance, serenity and profound joy. The pre-condition for my artistic work is therefore to overcome any kind of struggle, which demands constant work on myself even before applying brush to canvas.

Démarche artistique

Avec mon expérience dans le design, la peinture s’est révélée comme une pratique compensatrice vitale au dessin minutieux et figuratif. Ma peinture abstraite se distingue par des “gestes” organiques et des lignes claires, minimalistes.
Dans mon expression je recherche l’essentiel et un équilibre subtil entre vide et matière.

Je vise à dire beaucoup avec un seul geste, fort et décidé, spontané ou mûrement réfléchi. J’accorde beaucoup d’importance à l’espace “vide” qui entoure ce geste, que je ressens comme similaire à l’espace de résonance qui entoure un son.

J’explore aussi ma perception de l’espace avec une recherche sur la profondeur, par des ajouts de relief et des couches de peinture, ou des rectangles de vernis transparent, qui agissent tant comme un voile qu’une ouverture à une autre dimension.

Les traces rythmiques des gestes en relief peuvent rappeler un code ou l’écriture Braille.
Peindre signifie pour moi trouver mon propre langage. C’est à la fois un acte libératoire et une prise de conscience.

Je puise mon inspiration majeure dans la nature et sa force vitale, et je vise à immortaliser cette vitalité dans mes peintures par les traces du mouvement des gestes, les couleurs qui se mêlent en différentes nuances et la fluidité.

Je retrouve et explore dans ma peinture également des éléments similaires à ceux de la composition musicale: le temps, la dynamique, le rythme, l’harmonie, l’accélération et le silence.

Mon travail est une quête qui vise à démontrer la force vitale, l’équilibre et la joie profonde. La prémisse pour mon travail artistique est donc de surmonter les enjeux, ce qui requiert un travail constant sur moi, bien avant de poser le pinceau sur la toile.

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