Strongly reminiscent of the intensity of the old European masters, Schrader intentionally references both the Renaissance and Baroque periods while also radiating a bold and contemporary approach that is uniquely his own. Lucid in form, colour and intention, Schrader’s artistic identity is representational and abstract in equal measure. His compositions are often characterized by lingering protagonists surrounded by scattered forgotten objects; crumpled wrapping paper, sheets, clothing and empty containers.
Recurring motifs of anti-heroes, daydreamers, narcissists and clown figures, offer an insight into the artist’s perception of today’s culture of individualism – namely, a preoccupation with the self and the ability (or lack thereof) to participate constructively in society. His characters appear to be waiting, locked within the frame in limbo, and rejecting the hectic rhythm and notion of time altogether. In fact, Schrader’s unique painterly language is the true protagonist within his paintings.
At times it is silent and undefined and other times it narrates stories that are characterized by a deafening stillness, and yet, his paintings encompass a peaceful void that is marked by hints of playful elements throughout – entirely free of catharsis. Schrader’s work gives a definite nod toward classical paintings that draws upon a wealth of myths and art historical motifs in an attempt to probe the viewer in an intensified way and offer an altered experiential value in its ironic refraction of references and painterly precision.
SEBASTIAN SCHRADER (b. 1978, Berlin) received his diploma in painting from the Weissensee School of Art Berlin in 2006. Schrader has exhibited in several group exhibitions including salondergegenwart, Hamburg, 2014; Happy Monday, maerzgalerie, Leipzig, 2014; Transportrait, maerzgalerie, Leipzig, 2014; SEZZESSION, SEZ, Berlin, 2013; Figuration Y?, Gallery Favardin & de Verneuil, Paris, France, 2012; Sieben Räume – Sieben Maler, Kunstverein Ellwangen, Ellwangen, 2011; Vierunddreißig zu Kleist, Kirche St. Marien, Frankfurt an der Oder, 2011; Kunstaktien Ausstellung Uferhallen, Uferhallen, Berlin, 2011; Gastspiel – Neues aus Berlin und Leipzig, Galerie Anne Mörchen, Hamburg, 2010. Previous solo exhibition include Black Field, maerzgalerie, Berlin, 2013; telling time, with Jorma Puranen. maerzgalerie, Leipzig, 2012; Sebastian Schrader – In Between, Gesellschaft für Bildende Kunst, Trier, 2010. His published work includes ‘BERLIN WHAT? – 102 contemporary artists’ edited by Uwe Neu, Oliver Thoben. Verlag Die Neue Sachlichkeit, 2013; ‘Vierunddreißig zu Kleist. Bilder und Blätter von 34 Künstlern zu Heinrich von Kleist’ published by kunst projekte e.V., Kleist-Museum Frankfurt (Oder), 2011. Sebastian Schrader lives and works in Berlin.