Thomas Scheibitz Exhibited at The Saatchi Gallery

Thomas Scheibitz


Oil on canvas

205 x 281cm
In Untitled Thomas Scheibitz deconstructs a suburb in all its prefab glory. Breaking his painting down into compartmentalised units of colour, the effect is far more sophisticated than folksy faux naïveté: he uses painting as the human equivalent of digital compression.

Stripped of all extraneous detail, he renders the scene as pure codified information. Thomas Scheibitz doesn’t offer a representation of reality, rather, a universally recognisable idea of it, reassembled into digestible shapes and hues.
Thomas Scheibitz


Oil on canvas

220 x 150cm
Skilift boasts a Cezanne-like mountain as if it were captured straight from cyberspace, the glass-panelled lodge as unnatural as a spaceship. There’s nothing clean or precious in the way Thomas Scheibitz renders his subjects: painterly gestures and drips are used to create mirage-like effects. The paintings revel in illusion over representation, not symbolising ‘subject’ but pure desire.
Thomas Scheibitz


Oil on canvas

200 x 270cm
In Rosenweg Thomas Scheibitz doesn’t paint a subject, but offers a panoptic view as a solidified whole. Adopting the flatness of medieval painting, perspective is delineated through overlapping layers and scale. Flower, building and mountain integrate as an abridged version of space, a synopsis of grandeur.

Thomas Scheibitz presents the sublime as an algorithmic formula: mysticism denuded into a composite of shapes and patterns. A super-modern reinvention of the romantic landscape, Thomas Scheibitz creates a sense of awe not in the picture itself, but in the graphic simplicity with which such an overwhelming concept is inferred.
Thomas Scheibitz
Untitled No. 242


Oil on Canvas

142 x 106cm
In Thomas Scheibitz’s world of synthetic replication and commodity signifiers, even people are reduced to ideologically pragmatic form. Sparingly represented as flat cap and box ears, this figure meets all the requirements for the role of ‘sad professor’.

Thomas Scheibitz renders personal intimacy as a function of caricature, where visual description is inextricably entwined with stereotype and expectation. Through his simplified portrait, Thomas Scheibitz doesn’t proffer dehumanisation, but a super-race streamlined for instant identification and hypothetical interaction.
Thomas Scheibitz


Oil on canvas

200 x 270cm
In Anlage, Thomas Scheibitz’s shapes and lines compete for visual prominence. Through maze-like composition, he creates an architecture of illusion where depth, height and perspective are implied through planes which make no attempt to conceal their flatness. He uses an intricate system of overlapping to create spaces within spaces.

Drawing reference from artists such as Joseph Albers, Thomas Scheibitz adapts the Utopian principles of Bauhaus and constructivism in a contemporary way. Subtlety of colour and sophistication of design imbue his composition with functionality: of aerial photography or engineering blueprint. Through abstraction, Scheibitz dissects the virtual infinity of space and replicates its subliminal nature as two dimensional paradox.
Thomas Scheibitz


Oil on canvas

200 x 150cm

Working in both painting and sculpture, Scheibitz's reference points are often architectural. His organic forms and sharp angles smack of high design. Suggestions of location are found in patches of shrubbery green or sky blue. Working in washed-out pastel colours, his paintings seem to have faded through continuous exposure to the California sun.

Thomas Scheibitz


Oil on canvas

229 x 150cm

Working from found media images, Scheibitz takes his subject matter from the empty and idealistic scenes of consumer culture. Deconstructing the original images into abstracted components, Scheibitz's paintings become design-oriented simulacra: architectural blueprints for themselves. In Douglas, Scheibitz paints a kaleidoscopic distortion of suburban pleasantness, a kind of twenty-first century cubism that references virtual reality as much as painting

Thomas Scheibitz
Funny Game


Oil and marker pen on canvas

200 x 150cm
Often working from doodle-like sketches, Scheibitz carefully maps out his compositions to create an order in space that seems both mechanical and biotic. Funny Game I is less an abstraction than an inkling of an abstraction in the making: thin washes create a dreamy sense of movement, a noncommittal translucent ground that evades concrete form. Exposing the process of artistic invention, he offers the viewer only fragmented suggestions, in which logical patterns or an insinuated subject might appear.

Thomas Scheibitz's Biography

Born in 1968, Radeberg, Germany
Lives and works in Berlin, Germany


III Things for a Second ONE, Parra & Romero, Madrid

A Moving Plan, Chapter 2, Sprüth Magers London, GB
Der ungefegte Raum, Galerie im Taxispalais, Innsbruck, A

A.G.C.T, Produzentengalerie, Hamburg, D
Missing Link in Delphi, Tanya Bonakdar Gallery, New York, USA

The Goldilocks Zone, Sprüth Magers Berlin, D
About 90 elements/ TOD IM DSCHUNGEL, Camden Arts Centre, London, UK,
About 90 elements/ TOD IM DSCHUNGEL, Musée d' Art Moderne Luxembourg, L

About 90 Elements/ TOD IM DSCHUNGEL, IMMA Irish Museum of Modern Art, Dublin, IE
APOLLO, Schinkel Pavillion, Berlin, Germany

Low Sweetie # Omega Haus, Produzentengalerie, Hamburg
Blick über ein bewohntes Tal (View over a populated valley), Tanya Bonakdar Gallery, New York, USA
Casa Amalia Index, Gallerie Sprüth Magers, Köln, D

Der Tisch, der Ozean und das Beispiel, 51. Biennale Venedig,
Deutscher Pavillon, (mit Tino Sehgal), I
Winterthur grüßt Venedig, Arbeiten aus der Sammlung Museum Winterthur, CH

Brot & Spiele, Tanya Bonakdar Gallery New York, USA
Galeria Fortes Vilaça, Saõ Paulo, BR
ABC - I II III, Centre d´Art Contemporain, Genf, CH

D i a m o n d p a p e r Editionsheft:Thomas Scheibitz/ DiG Berlin, D
Galerie Koch und Kesslau, 7 zeitgenössische Positionen ausgesucht von Thomas Scheibitz, Berlin, D

Venus - Hannibal ad portas, Produzentengalerie Hamburg, D
Maus Appetit Dezember,Tanya Bonakdar Gallery, New York, USA
1- geometrica B, ART PACE, San Antonio,Texas, USA

Thomas Scheibitz,Works on Paper Inc., Los Angeles, USA
Tanya Bonakdar Gallery, New York, USA
1- geometrica B, Matrix i95 Berkeley Art Museum, San Francisco, USA
BANNISTER DIAMOND, Stedelijk Museum, Amsterdam, NL
Ansicht und Plan von Toledo, Kunstmuseum Winterthur, CH,
Museum der Bildenden Künste Leipzig, D

Surrogate, Galerie Gebr. Lehmann, Dresden, D

Final Gold,Tanya Bonakdar Gallery, New York, USA

Low Sweetie, ICA, London, UK
Bonakdar Jancou Gallery, New York, USA
DOUBLE, loop-raum für aktuelle kunst, Berlin, D

Digitalin, Galerie Gebr. Lehmann, Dresden, D


Surveyor, Albright Knox Art Gallery, Buffalo, NY
Wahlverwandtschaften III, Neues Museum Weimar, Weimar

A moving plan B - chapter ONE, (curated by Thomas Scheibitz),
The Drawing Room, London, UK
If not in this period of time - Contemporary German Painting,
Museu de Arte de São Paulo, BR
Multiple Pleasures, Functional Objects in Contemporary Art,
Tanya Bonakdar Gallery, New York, USA
Das neue Albertinum, Staatliche Kunstsammlung, Dresden, D
High Ideals & Crazy Dreams, curated by Gerwald Rockenschaub,
Galerie Vera Munro, Hamburg, D
Wenn die Nacht am tiefsten, Bel Etage, Berlin, D
Harte Gefühle, Silvershed, New York, USA
15 Hauptwerke / Zeichnungen nach 1945 – Aus der Sammlung des Dresdner Kupferstich-Kabinetts, Staatliche Kunstsammlungen Dresden, D
Alle gegen Kerbach, Galerie Zanderkasten, Dresden, D
Neugierig, Kunst des 21. Jahrhunderts aus privaten Sammlungen, Kunst- und Ausstellungshalle Bonn, D

THOMAS, Münzsalon, Berlin
Schickeria - High Society, BDA-Ausstellungsraum, Braunschweig Cargo, Autocenter, Berlin
Meisterwerke der Moderne. Die Sammlung des Knstmuseums Winterthur, Museo di arte moderna e contemporanea di Trento e Rovereto, I
Carte Blanche VIII: Doris und Klaus Schmidt, Galerie für zeitgenössische Kunst, Leipzig, D
Constellations: Paintings from the MCA Collection, Museum of contemporary Art, Chicago
WALL ROCKETS: Contemporary Artists and Ed Ruscha, Albright Knox Gallery, Buffalo, NY
Atlantis I - Hidden Histories - New Identities, XVI.Rohkunstbau. Schloss Marquardt, Potsdam, D
Cargo Manifest, Münchner Opernfestspiele, Bayerische Staatsoper, München
The Sequel (Part II), Cinque Garzoni, Venice
Narcotica, Galerie im Regierungsviertel / Forgotten Bar Project, Berlin
Cave Painting, PSM Gallery, Berlin, D
Geoplay (Part II), Pilar Parra & Romero, Madrid, ES
Malerei ist immer abstrakt, Staatsgalerie moderner Kunst im Glaspalast, Augsburg, D
Gipfeltreffen der Moderne.Das Kunstmuseum Winterthur, Bundeskunsthalle, Bonn, D
Die Gegenwart der Linie, eine Bestandsauswahl neuerer Erwerbungen
des 20. und 21. Jahrhunderts, Pinakothek der Moderne, München, D
Revue Gegenwartskunst aus der Sammlung, Pinakothek der Moderne, München, D
Privat - Wuppertaler Sammler der Gegenwart, von der Heydt Museum, Wuppertal, D
Berlin2000, Pace Wildenstein Gallery, New York, USA

WALL ROCKETS: Contemporary Artists and Ed Ruscha,
The FLAG Art Foundation, New York, USA
ICA Auction Exhibition, London, UK
Constellations, Artissima, Turin, I
The Krautcho Club / In and out of Place, Forgotten Bar Project, Berlin, D
Project Space 176, London, UK
Out of Storage 1 – Peintures de la Collection,
MUDAM – Musée d’Art Moderne Grand-Duc Jean, Luxembourg, LU
Zuordnungsprobleme, Johann König, Berlin, D
Supernatural, Kunsthalle Centro Cultural Andratx, Mallorca, ES

Less is more - more could be Less, Kerlin Gallery, Dublin, IE
Multiplex: Directions in Art, 1970 to Now, MoMA Museum of Modern Art, New York, USA
Sculptors Drawing, Aspen Art Museum, USA
I can only see things when I move. Positionen zeitgenössischer Kunst auf
Papier,Staatliche Kunstsammlungen, Dresden, D
Re-dis-play, Heidelberger Kunstverein, D
Perspektive 07, Lenbachhaus, München, D
Transgression / excess, space-other, Boston, USA
Return to form, Patricia Low Contemporary, Gstaad, CH
Wonderwall - Constructing the Sublime, Tomio Koyama Gallery, Tokyo, JP
10 Jahre Skulpturenpark Sammlung Stoffel, Köln, D
Rockers Island. Olbricht Collection, Museum Folkwang, Essen, D
Wahlverwandschaften, Neues Museum Weimar, Weimar, D
Imagination becomes Reality. Werke aus der Sammlung Goetz, ZKM, Karlsruhe, D
The Artist's Dining Room Level 2 Gallery, Tate Modern, London, UK

Von Richter bis Scheibitz: Deutsche Arbeiten auf Papier seit 1960 aus der Sammlung, Kunstmuseum Winterthur, D
Site 9/1, Site Magazine/Haus am Meer Production, Düsseldorf, D
Radar: Selections from the Logan Collection, Denver Art Museum, USA
Construction New Berlin, Phoenix Art Museum, USA
Infinite Painting: Contemporary Painting and Global Realism,
Villa Manin, Centro d'Arte Contemporanea, Codroipo, I

36 x 27 x 10, White Cube Berlin, D
The Addiction, curated by Anna-Catharina Gebbers, Gagosian Gallery Berlin, D
Greater than the Sum: Selections from the Craig Robins Collection of
Contemporary Art, University Gallery, University of Florida, Gainsville, USA
Configured, Tanya Bonakdar Gallery, New York, USA
Drawing from the Modern 1975-2005, The Museum of Modern Art, New York, USA
Aspects of the Olbricht Collection, Neues Museum Weserburg, Bremen, D
Bilanz in zwei Akten, Kunstverein Hannover, D
Expanded Paint Tools, Sammlung Goetz, Munich, D
Split, The Approach, London, UK
The Triumph of Painting: 20th Anniversary Exhibition, Saatchi Gallery, London, UK
An Aside, Camden Arts Centre, London, UK
Desenhos: A - Z (Drawings A - Z), Coleccao Maderia Corporate Services, Funchal, Ilha da Maderia, P

Biennale Saõ Paulo, BR
The stars are so big, the earth is so small... stay as you are (part I),
Galerie Schipper und Krome, Berlin, D
Estrangement proche / Seltsam Vertraut, Saarland Museum, Saarbrücken, D
Art contemporain, de 1960 à nos jours, Centre Pompidou, Paris, F

Supernova, Art of the 1990´s, Logan Collection, SFMOMA San Francisco, USA
Silver Convention, Galerie Giti Nourbakhsch, Berlin, D
Painting on Sculpture, Tanya Bonakdar Gallery, New York, USA
Berlin-Moskau, Martin Gropius Bau, Berlin, D
4ever Young, Sommer Contemporary Art, Tel Aviv, IL,
Karl Schmidt-Rottluff Stipendium, Kunsthalle Düsseldorf, D
Pittura/Painting: Von Rauschenberg bis Murakami, Museo Correr, Biennale Venedig, I
Matisse and Beyond: A Century of Modernism, San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, USA
Rendered, Sara Meltzer Gallery, New York, USA
Architecture Schmarchitecture, Kerlin Gallery, Dublin, IE
Produzentengalerie, Hamburg, D
Deutschemalereizweitausenddrei, Frankfurter Kunstverein, D

Painting Pictures, Kunstmuseum Wolfsburg, D
German Expressions, Albright-Knox Art Gallery, Buffalo, USA
Pazifik - Kunstraum, Berlin, D
Five Years, Jennifer Flay Gallery, Paris, F
Neuerwerbungen, Kunstmuseum Winterthur, CH
Artist Imagine Architecture, ICA, Boston, USA
Sounds, G7, Berlin, D

New works on paper, Kerlin Gallery, Dublin, IE
Premio Regione Piemonte, Fondazione Sandretto re Rebaudengo Per L' Arte, Turin, I
Das Gute Leben, Galerie Gebr. Lehmann, Dresden, D
Preview, Works on Paper Inc., Los Angeles, USA
Berlin - London 01, ICA, London, UK
Musterkarte - Modelos de Pintura en Alemania,Goethe Institut, Centro Cultural Conde Duque, Madrid, ES
Elba Benítez Gallery, Madrid, ES
F. Produzentengallerie Hamburg, D
Painting at the Edge of the World, Walker Art Center, Minneapolis, MN, USA

Eberhard Havekost, Frank Nitsche, Thomas Scheibitz, White Cube 2, London, UK
Age of Influence: Reflections in the Mirror of American Culture, Museum of Contemporary Art, Chicago, USA
00 Drawings, Barbara Gladstone Gallery, New York, USA
Wahre Wunder, Sammler & Sammlungen im Rheinland,
Josef-Haubrich-Kunsthalle, Köln, D
Collectors´ Choice, Exit Art, New York, USA

In Augenhöhe, Neuer Berliner Kunstverein, D
Examining Pictures, Whitechapel Art Gallery, London, Museum of Contemporary Art, Chicago, UCLA Armand Hammer Museum of Art, Los Angeles, USA
Drawings, Bonakdar Jancou Gallery, New York, USA

Sehen sehen - Berlin `98, loop, raum für aktuelle kunst, Berlin, D
Neue darstellende Malerei, Kunstraum Hotel, Zürich, CH