Have you met…Sabine Tress?

An introduction can be a wonderful thing. You can meet interesting people, and make new friends. You can be introduced to your new favorite foods, books, music, or artist.

I’d like to introduce you to some of my favorite artists. Some of whom I’ve been familiar with for years, and other I’ve only recently been introduced to.

The artist I’d like to introduce is the painter Sabine Tress, and she was recommended to me by Karl Bielik, Inga Dalrymple, and Phillip J. Mellen.

Pink Blue Brown, acrylic and brown tape on canvas, 125x110 cm 2012

Pink Blue Brown, acrylic and brown tape on canvas, 125×110 cm 2012

“Sabine Tress’ paintings could be Described as explosion of color. So colorful that they are almost deafening. Painted surfaces, colored splatters, eruptions of color and layers of spray paint reminiscent of graffiti all are superimposed and interlocked. Her paintings are charged with a sense of spontaneity and friction. The viewer is compelled to wander about in a suggestive and imaginative painted world. The artist rarely paints day to day objects. An exception might be her works from the living room series. But even in Those works she did not paint actual living rooms but shapes, objects and moods reminiscent of interiors and furniture. Her recent paintings are executed and Spontaneously Evolve Throughout the painting process. No stories are being told in synthesis paintings. It’s rather the creation of the paintings did Themselves Sabine Tress wants to communicate. Underneath the many layers of paint we get a glimpse of the personality of the work. Her oeuvre could be Described as experimental but at the same time self-evident.The titles of the paintings are spontaneous and do not play in important role. Like a blind person the viewer must experience Sabine Tress’ paintings afresh without prefigured ideas.”

Text written by Dr. Martin Stather for the exhibition at Knight House, Mannheim, Germany 2010

Elephant Head, oil on canvas, 150x150 cm, 2012

Elephant Head, oil on canvas, 150×150 cm, 2012

Curriculum Vitae

Born 1968 in Ulm, Germany
1994 Navajo reservation, Arizona
1994-2001 studio in London
2002-2004 studio in Berlin
since 2004 studio in Cologne


Painting at the Ecole nationale supérieure des Beaux-Arts de Paris, under the supervision of Jan Voss, Vincent Bioulès und Pierre Matthey

Diplôme supérieur des Arts Plastiques

Unravel, 125x145cm, acrylic and oil on canvas 2012

Unravel, 125x145cm, acrylic and oil on canvas 2012


Other material relating to Sabine Tress:

Structure and Imagery: In Process With Sabine Tress.

ahtcast: Sabine Tress artist interview.

Youtube: The artist during work.

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