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  • Provenance

    LFL gallery, New York

  • Catalogue Essay

    American artist Dana Schutz has been hailed as one of the most important artists to emerge in the twenty-first century. Combining humour with disturbing images, Schutz creates vivid interrogations of the state of contemporary human existence. The intriguing contradictions created by Schutz are the result of a combination of fragmented form and vibrant colour. Deeply inspired by the unexpected use of colour and brushwork of German Expressionism, something that can be seen in her experimentation with paint and textures, specifically thought the way in which her brushstrokes and paint application switch between thick and thin, the physical presence of Schutz ’ brushstroke appear to carve figures and forms from the canvas. Schutz' figures and scenes are based on loose and fictive situations that exist only in the mind of the artist.

    Through a combination of style and scenario Schutz, who continuously reinvents her artistic practice in each distinct series, is interested in ‘[embracing] the area between which the subject is composed and decomposing, formed and formless, inanimate and alive.’ While the artists themes and methods are constantly morphing, Schutz's works retains a distinct visual language of explosive energy and expression through her conspicuous blurring of figuration and abstraction that lives on the edge of tradition and innovation.

    “I respond to what I think is happening in the world. The hypotheticals in the paintings can act as surrogates or narratives for phenomena that I feel are happening in culture.” -DANA SCHUTZ

  • Artist Biography

    Dana Schutz

    American • 1976

    Michigan-born artist Dana Schutz is known for presenting chaotic, colorful scenes that often inject humor into awkward or painful situations. Though primarily a painter, her practice expanded to include sculpture in 2019—a natural transition for her dynamic style. Schutz first shot to prominence soon after receiving her MFA from Columbia University with her Self-Eaters series. 

    Schutz is one of just a handful of contemporary female artists whose work can fetch over $1 million at auction. The Brooklyn-based artist has shown her work in museums in both North America and Europe, and her work has been collected by such institutions as the Museum of Modern Art, New York, Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, New York, and Los Angeles County Museum of Art. She is married to fellow artist Ryan Johnson, who she met during her time at Columbia.

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oil on canvas
45.1 x 45.1 cm (17 3/4 x 17 3/4 in.)
Signed and dated 'Dana Schutz 2000' on the reverse. Further signed and dated 'Dana Schutz 2001' on the stretcher.

£15,000 - 20,000 

Contact Specialist
Tamila Kerimova
Head of Under the Influence, London
+44 207 318 4065

Under the Influence

London Auction 13 April 2015  4pm