Tyger, Tyger, Pussycat - Sorry Mister Blake
This painting depicts several cats climbing a tree. For the artist, paintings and the act of painting provide synaesthetic experiences, saying: "A good painting, to me, always has a certain sound."
Schwarz's work draws from ancient myth and philosophy as much as from our contemporary moment—combining the present and the past with a subtle portion of sarcasm and dark humor. The artist's paintings function as both inward- and outward-directed observations, exploring personal questions about love, new beginnings and the celebration of life. Schwarz's work also examines identity and current sociological, psychological and political issues. The artist's compositions are both allegorical and steeped in riddles, functioning as dynamic processes suspended in time.
The artist's work ranges from the very dynamic to compositions of quiet moments and delicate tones. About her work, Schwarz says: "I'm interested in dualities and the concept of the contrary nature of things (and humans, of course). My work has become more personal and intimate in the last couple of years. These weird crutches and wooden legs started to show up. I somehow liked the aesthetic, but it was always about so much more to me than just that, and the recent years with all the motion and sense of uncertainty just underlined that gut feeling. They seem like a replacement for something missing—or did I replace something even before it was gone?"
Tina Schwarz’s sarcastic and darkly humorous paintings are both explorations of personal questions—including love and the celebration of life—and examinations of current sociological, psychological and political issues. The artist’s dynamic compositions feature expressively bent and transformed figures in spaces that the protagonists dissect, organize and animate. Drawing from ancient myth and philosophy as much as from our contemporary moment, Schwarz’s works are steeped in riddles; they are allegorical and dynamic processes immersed in their time, critically engaging viewers as they lead them floating through a dream.
Tina Schwarz was born in 1977. The artist studied painting at the Academie Beeldende Kunst Maastricht in the Netherlands.
Solo exhibitions of Schwarz’s work have taken place at: Slag Gallery in New York City (2021 and 2018); Galerie Kornfeld, in a two-person show with Robert Fry, in Berlin, Germany (2017); MARTINETZ Gallery in Cologne, Germany (2016); Slag Gallery in New York City (2016); Galerie Artepari in Graz, Austria (2015); Galerie Marc Schmidt in Berlin, Germany (2014); Galerie alex51 in Maastricht, the Netherlands (2014); TEAPOT Gallery in Cologne, Germany (2013); Kunstwerke in Cologne, Germany (2013); and the TEAPOT Gallery in Cologne, Germany (2011).
Group exhibitions that have shown Schwarz's work include: Paper Positions Berlin, a two-artist exhibition (2019); Volta Basel in Switzerland (2019); Not Dark Yet, a group exhibition at Kunsthaus Muerz in Mürzzuschlag, Austria (2018); Berlin Calling/works on paper at Galerie Kornfeld in Berlin, Germany (2018); the Rema Hort Mann Foundation Benefit Auction in New York City (2018); the Rema Hort Mann Foundation in Los Angeles, California (2018); We Could Be Heroes at MPHQ London/Cologne Project Space (2017); Future Former at Hooper Projects in Los Angeles, California (2016); DRIFTS at Slag Gallery in New York City (2016); and 20 Jahre Kunstgruppe at Salon in Cologne, Germany (2016); among others.
Schwarz lives and works in Cologne, Germany.