Anja Stemmer

Anja Stemmer

Munich, Bavaria, Germany

About Anja Stemmer

My work is inspired by nature and elementary forces - I love stormy autumn days at the lake and fire, volcanoes and glowing metal. So I associate with my paintings frequently themes from nature, the seasons, wind and water, sometimes also impressions from travelling or even from the scientific discipline of physics.
Usually I work in a process-oriented way and focus on surface, texture and abstract-expressionist color compositions.
Natural and traditional ways of making and using paint (e.g. al fresco painting, grisaille etc.), and rugged or crackled surface structures and textures of the environment and nature inspire me.

My artwork conveys a subtle sense of mystery and discovery of what may have been hidden behind the surface. My work is supposed to invite the viewer to let their eyes wander across the painting's layers and discern the differences in color, contrasts in finish, and the variation of structures, sometimes with intentional ( and stable - I am a physicist ;-) ) cracks, fissures and rugged textures (e.g. from plaster, concrete or rust).

I have been born at the lake of Constance and am living and working in Munich, Germany.

Education

Graduate diploma of physics at Freiburg University. Art is my "second career".

When I took the decision to have my own art studio, I found myself sometimes talking about "going to the lab" - and that is a good match with what my work is about: contemplation and experiments, creativity expressed in mainly informal, i.e. process oriented painting, inviting serendipity to assist me at creating unique, abstract expressionist artworks.

Events

Collections: Internationally in private collections in UK, USA, Switzerland, Austria and Germany.

Exhibitions

Fairs and Group exhibitions:

Art3F, Paris, January 2018
Art Innsbruck, Austria, January 2018
"Dialogues" - K2, Helligaandshuset, Kopenhagen, 1.-12.2. 2017
ArtFair Leipzig 17.-20.11.2016, Leipzig, Germany
AAF Brüssel 25.-29.2. 2016 - represented by Galeria Gaudi, Madrid
Group Exhibition "Underwater Worlds" - 28.5.-11.6. London, Gabriel Fine Art Gallery

Solo Exhibitions:
Solo Show "Farben, Formen, Emotionen" in Konstanz, November / December 2019
Solo Show "Muntermacher" at Kloster Benediktbeuren, June/July 2019
Solo Show "Phenomena" in Mohr Villa, Munich, April 2018
Solo Show "Topology of Color", Augsburg (April - June 2017)
Solo Show „Free View“ at Stadtteilbibliothek München Neuhausen (March - May 2017)
Solo Shows at Geranienhaus Schloß Nymphenburg - June 2016; April 2017, July 2018, June 2019
"Confluences" at Rathausgalerie, Konstanz
Limulus at Museum Mensch und Natur, München
BMW Group - Galerie 71, Munich
DAB Bank, Munich

Group Exhibitions:
Kultüren Neuhausen, Munich: October 2014, 2015, 2016, 2017