Paula Kamps

Paula Kamps (born in 1990, Germany) lives and works in Chicago. She studied at the Kunstakademie Düsseldorf with Tomma Abts and Elizabeth Peyton.

The practice of Paula Kamps explores mediums peripheral to painting; it focuses mainly on a technique halfway between watercolour and drawing, emphasising the brilliance and intensity of color offered by these processes. Her work, between figuration and abstraction, gives pride of place to large flat areas – « stains » as Andre Butzer says – which, skillfully spread over the canvas, reveal human figures, scenes of daily life, always fragmented. With figures often hazy or obscured and a recurring, but arcane symbology, Kamps’ work’s elegantly hint on subjects persistent throughout art history – the unreliability of memory, the evasiveness of meaning, and our continual desire to understand one another.

The artist has been the subject of solo exhibitions at Mine Project, Hong Kong (2022); M. LeBlanc, Chicago (2021); Sans titre (2016), Paris (2021); Kunstverein Heppenheim (2019), Spazio Nea, Naples (2018) as well as Kunsthaus Mettmann (2014). Her work has been shown in group exhibitions at Andrea Festa Fine Art, Rome (2021); SLICE, Ufer Studios, Berlin (2020); Orchard32, New York (2019); Carbon12, Dubai (2018) and at Kunstverein Reutlingen (2018).

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Paula Kamps - © sans titre
exhibition view, Shoot the Moon, 2022, MINE PROJECT, Hong Kong
Paula Kamps - © sans titre
exhibition view, Shoot the Moon, 2022, MINE PROJECT, Hong Kong
Paula Kamps - © sans titre
exhibition view, Shoot the Moon, 2022, MINE PROJECT, Hong Kong
Paula Kamps - © sans titre
exhibition view, Shoot the Moon, 2022, MINE PROJECT, Hong Kong
Paula Kamps - © sans titre
exhibition view, Rain or Shine, 2021, M. LeBlanc, Chicago
Paula Kamps - © sans titre
exhibition view, Rain or Shine, 2021, M. LeBlanc, Chicago
Paula Kamps - © sans titre
exhibition view, At the pawn shop, 2021, Sans titre (2016), Paris
Paula Kamps - © sans titre
Far from the aisle, 2020, ink and crayon on canvas, 120 x 100 cm, unique
Paula Kamps - © sans titre
exhibition view, At the pawn shop, 2021, Sans titre (2016), Paris
Paula Kamps - © sans titre
Freak purple, 2020, ink on canvas, 25 x 20 cm, unique
Paula Kamps - © sans titre
Unify me, 2020, ink and watercolor on polyester, paper and wood, 34 x 35 cm, unique
Paula Kamps - © sans titre
exhibition view, At the pawn shop, 2021, Sans titre (2016), Paris
Paula Kamps - © sans titre
Empty lots, 2020, ink on canvas, 25 x 20 cm, unique
Paula Kamps - © sans titre
After the first clear talk, 2020, ink on canvas, 36 x 28 cm, unique
Paula Kamps - © sans titre
exhibition view, At the pawn shop, 2021, Sans titre (2016), Paris
Paula Kamps - © sans titre
Meander Mercy, 2021, ink on canvas, 25 x 20 cm, unique
Paula Kamps - © sans titre
exhibition view, Material Art Fair with Basile Ghosn, 2020, Sans titre (2016), Mexico City
Paula Kamps - © sans titre
(on the right) Volcano, 2019, ink and oil pastel on canvas, 170 x 170 cm, unique
Paula Kamps - © sans titre
exhibition view, Ganze Tage in den Bäumen, 2019, Kunstverein Heppenheim
Paula Kamps - © sans titre
Farewell Obstler, 2019, ink and crayon on canvas, 170 x 170 cm, unique
Paula Kamps - © sans titre
exhibition view, Ganze Tage in den Bäumen, 2019, Kunstverein Heppenheim
Paula Kamps - © sans titre
Fair Trade, 2019, ink and oil pastel on canvas, 150 x 120 cm, unique
Paula Kamps - © sans titre
Veterans, 2019, ink on polyester and canvas, 58 x 41 cm, unique
Paula Kamps - © sans titre
Desire/Delivery, publication for Ganze Tage in den Bäumen, Kunstverein Heppenheim
Paula Kamps - © sans titre
COC, 2019, collage, inkjet in paper, 29.7 x 21 cm
Paula Kamps - © sans titre
Rote Zielscheibe, 2019, collage, inkjet in paper, 29.7 x 21 cm
Paula Kamps - © sans titre
book release, Desire/Delivery, 2019, Buchhandlung Walther Koenig, Düsseldorf
Paula Kamps - © sans titre
exhibition view, Ein Tun ohne Bild, 2018, Kunstverein Reutlingen
Paula Kamps - © sans titre
exhibition view, Transit papers, 2018, Spazio Nea, Naples
Paula Kamps - © sans titre
exhibition view, I can bite that hand that feeds me, 2018, Carbon12, Dubai
Paula Kamps - © sans titre
My body my timing, 2018, ink on polyester and paper, 40 x 50 cm, unique
Paula Kamps - © sans titre
Caché, 2017, ink on linen, 85 x 70 cm, unique

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