Artists Nicola Stäglich

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Blue Landscape. 2013

Acrylic, oil on linen 95cm x 72 cm

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Stäglich’s abstract works are based on her examination of colour painting as well as her interest in the expansion of the pictorial space into the real space.

In her paintings colour is poured, sprayed and painted with brushes on the surface in very thin washes. Her process resembles that of erosion and modification in nature. Transparent layers of colour open up the image space within the frame. Geometric forms like circles, ellipses and triangles lay out the possibility for colour and the appearance of light. Together with the veils of colours they build a delicate composition that hovers between solidity and dissolution.

In the reliefs wood is painted, cut into pieces, and then curved, layered and mounted into organic or geometric colour formations. Virtual colour space and the real space overlap. The coexistence of the painterly and sculptural creates a colour space that extends into real space. Because of the physical structure of the work, light and shadows cast becomes an active part of the composition.

The title of the show refers to the “Light and Space Movement” that took place in Los Angeles during the 60s. Spending a year in Los Angeles and the desert landscapes of the South West, Stäglich was affected by the phenomena of light and space as well as observing the eroded landscapes. Nicola Stäglich found her own way to work with transparent fluorescent and reflecting materials and express her interest in the ephemeral and the interaction of viewer and the artwork.

“…her art continues, in a cool and unsentimental way, something that art historian Carl Einstein has called “the formation of space”. Notwithstanding, for the observer this may be a visual challenge: her complex works evoke a developed form of perception, empowering us to see the three-dimensional.”

Ingo Arend (“The Art of Imagination” catalogue essay “Neon Dux & Comes”, Kunstverein Duisburg, SNO Sydney)


Nicola Stäglich (1970, Oldenburg, Germany) lives and works in Berlin. She studied at the Academy Of Fine Arts (Mainz), Städelschule Frankfurt and received her MA Fine Art at Chelsea College of Art London.

Her works have been shown in numerous solo and group shows internationally. Recent solo shows includes Kunstverein Schwäbisch Hall, Stadtmuseum (Oldenburg), SNO (Sydney), Kunstverein (Duisburg), Galerie Wittenbrink  (Munich). Recent group shows includes Museum Kunstpalast (Düsseldorf), Georg Kolbe Museum (Berlin) and One Art Space (New York).

Her work was selected for the prestigious book  100 Painters of Tomorrow published by Thames & Hudson, London.