Jan Ole Schiemann   
Homegrown Mantis , 2020, Ink, Acrylic, Charcoal and Oilstick on Canvas , 230 x 200 cm

+#Jan Ole Schiemann (born 1983 in Kiel, lives and works in Cologne)#+ studied Fine Arts at the Art Academy in Kassel and later graduated from Kunstakademie Düsseldorf under Albert Oehlen and Andreas Schulze (2007-2013). Following on from his studies, Schiemann quickly garnered significant attention resulting in solo exhibitions in Seoul, New York and Los Angeles .

Schiemann’s work oscillates between abstract and figurative elements, comic drawings and constructed surfaces, grey values and paint mist surfaces. As with classic cartoon production, he uses primarily black ink applied to unprimed canvas. Superimposing multiple transparent layers creates an unusual sense of depth. Each additional plotted layer breaks up the original context piece by piece and creates new relationships between the visible background and image foreground. The viewer is encouraged to actively move around the image, in order to comprehend this themselves. Jan-Ole Schiemann challenges the tradition of paint on canvas through collage-like techniques, constructing works of a psychological and playful nature.