Lot 14 - Katja Leibenath - Small Figure on a Postcard II
Acrylic on Paper
Signed on Verso
Curated by Mollie Barnes
Katja Leibenath was born and raised in Germany. She moved to San Francisco, California, in 2001, and started painting in 2007.
Always looking and deeply noticing, her work is highly responsive to location, her subjects have therefore been distinctively Californian: vast landscapes, contemplative resting figures, and the built environment. Leibenath paints from empathy. Reviewing her extensive body of work, one strongly feels one underlying emotion: “We’re here. We’re in this together. Whatever this is”.
Leibenath finds great satisfaction in balancing complex color combinations. She works on many canvases at once, over long periods of time. The struggle is visible in paint buildup and the many colors and textures that show when examining her surfaces in changing light. Her canvases describe a constant exercise in holding on and letting go, and the promise of not trying to be superficially precious. Her subjects often refuse to please the audience, putting awkward above elegant every time.
Peter Behrens School of Architecture,
Düsseldorf, Germany, Dipl ING Interior Architecture, 1995 – 2000
Leibenath was formally trained as a furniture maker journeyperson in Germany.
Katja Leibenath's paintings are part of about 800 public and private collections internationally. She splits her time between studios in California and Germany.
Katja Leibenath works independently with art consultants and gallerists worldwide.
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SMALL FIGURES - portraits of nobody in particular. Also: everyone.
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