I´m a painting artist born in 1974 and based in Paderborn, Germany. After an apprenticeship as a carpenter, I graduated in 1999. From 1998 to 2002 I prepared myself autodidactically in various painting techniques for a teacher training course in the field of art. Between 2002 and 2004 I studied to become an art teacher at the university of Paderborn under Prof. Franz Billmeyer, Prof. Jutta Ströter-Bender and Prof. Franz-Josef Keyenburg. The main focus on the technical side was on sculpture, painting and etching. On the theoretical field I was mainly influenced by Franz Billmeyer to focus my studies on the understanding of visual perception.
After completing my studies early, from 2005 to 2016 I worked as an entrepreneur outside the art business, but had to quit due to a chronic illness.
Since the beginning of 2020 I restarted to work as painting artist.
With my current works I explore the boundaries between abstract and figurative perception. In doing so, I often remain deliberately unspecific and fragmentary in order to allow the viewer to make various associations. Most people see faces and ghostly figures in my paintings, which I also suggest in part schematically. Contours and backgrounds at first feign a secure view, but this often dissolves into a new variety of parts when approached, from which the brain assembles new random bodies. I make targeted use of the fact that our perception wants to recognize supposed faces in shapes and contours.
2020 group exhibition Libori Spezial ART20 (european ARTISTS e.V.), Kunstverein Paderborn , Germany
2008 solo exhibition St. Vinzenz Hospital Wiedenbrück, Germany
2004 group exhibition "Atelier 2" at Kulturwerkstatt Paderborn, Germany
2003 solo exhibition "Delusion and Vision" at Art & Antik in Paderborn, Germany
2003 group exhibition together with students of the University of Paderborn 20 years town twinning in the Hotel Gromada, Przemysl, Poland
2002 group exhibition "BOOKS IN MOTION: BOOK-MATERIAL-OBJECT" in the library of the Ruhr-Uni-Bochum, Germany
You can find Olav on Instagram: @olav_schiedel_art