For several decades, Thomas Schütte (b. Oldenburg, Germany 1954) has produced watercolor sketches of friends and acquaintances as well as numerous self-portraits. These works were often created in sequence, approaching the same subject numerous times as a means of engaging with the changing nature of the sitter. Each new approach captures a particular emotional state or specific moment in time.
Schütte’s recent solo exhibitions include presentations at Nouveau Musée National de Monaco (2012); Castello di Rivoli, Turin (2012); Museo Nacional Centro de Arte Reina Sofía, Madrid (2010); and Haus der Kunst, Munich (2009). Schütte has received numerous awards and prizes, including the Düsseldorf Prize in 2010 and the Golden Lion at the Venice Biennale in 2005.
Courtesy of Serpentine Gallery