Dr Stefanie Schulte

Dr Stefanie Schulte

  • Biography

    Dr Stefanie Schulte grew up in Germany and studied Fine Art in Barcelona
    and Madrid before moving on to London and Australia. Her earlier work as
    sculptor received international attention. After completing a PhD in Fine
    Art, she put her studio work on hold to focus on her young family. Today,
    she is based in Canberra and pursues her career as painter and
    photographer.
    Australia has become the starting point for new departures. Finally, the
    hunger for colours – built up during years of sculpting – found novel ways
    to manifest in her new studio. Today, she mainly uses the three primary
    and three secondary colours, the colours of our rainbow, or, in other
    words, the six root colours of the spectrum. They are the strings of her
    instrument to intone and interpret the harmonies and dissonances of
    colour. Their shades offer ever growing possibilities of interaction — neverending and fascinating.
    Stefanie’s sculptures were organic constructions built up from within, from
    a kind of skeleton, growing towards the outside to inform their cover, the
    thin material like aluminium mesh representing an outer skin.
    Her paintings are constructions as well, but they are constructions in two
    dimensions. They are built by “stacking” up layers of colour. Some of these
    paintings contain an endless number of thin layers that can be perceived at
    the edges of a colour field or simply through the depth of a shade.
    To Stefanie, painting is motion on canvas. Whilst she creates a painting,
    movement extends into two directions.
    In vertical motion she explores interactions between shades placed on top
    of each other. To a degree, it is predictable how a shade will react on top
    of another. But there is always an element of surprise, and that can be
    exciting or disappointing— it brings life into the process!
    In horizontal motion she shifts fields of colour to explore certain partitions
    of the canvas. These fields morph and move like tectonic plates until the
    final piece of the puzzle is found to lock all remaining pieces in. That
    redeeming piece, the one to complete the composition, is often not easily
    found— it is not difficult to start a new painting, but very hard to finish it!
    These paintings are not made quickly, they take time and serenity to grow
    into the right combination of layers. All brush strokes are placed “free
    hand” to yield a warmer and more organic interface than the “hard-edge”
    of geometric abstraction afforded by the use of sticky tape.
    An affinity for geometry and a desire for construction might have been
    imprinted by the architectural plans surrounding her every day as she grew
    up with her parents running an architectural firm

Showing all 6 artworks

Dr Stefanie Schulte

Three Blue Compositions ( Set of Three)
25.4 x 35.6cm Acrylic on Canvas Board Sold

Dr Stefanie Schulte

Blocks
50.8 x 76.2 cm Acrylic on canvas Sold

Dr Stefanie Schulte

Spinning the Colour Wheel II — Blue, Green, Purple
81.3 x 106.7 cm Acrylic and Oil on Canvas Sold

Dr Stefanie Schulte

The Mouse King
76.2 x 121.9 cm Acrylic on canvas $4,000.00

Dr Stefanie Schulte

The Green Ray
91.4 x 152.4 cm Acrylic on canvas $5,500.00

Dr Stefanie Schulte

Meet You Half Way
50.8 x 76.2 cm Acrylic on canvas Sold