Aurel Schmidt: current contemporary drawing

Aurel Schmidt

Very much a star of the New York art scene, Canada-born Aurel Schmidt produces highly detailed drawings that fuse mimetic representation with acts of illusion.

Precisely rendered individual forms - animals, plants, insects - are amalgamated to suggest larger subjects such as faces, bodies or mythical beasts.

Schmidt's technique has a long art historical heritage, most obviously in the work of Arcimboldo, the 16th-century Italian painter whose works were 'rediscovered' and popularised by the Surrealists.

Although many of Schmidt's elaborate composites share the grotesque, fantastical appearance of Arcimboldo's portraits, her choice of inner components is more complex.

Flies, maggots and man-made detritus such as cigarette butts, condoms or beer cans intermingle with standard flora and fauna; suggestive of corruption and decay, but also the possibility of finding beauty in the unexpected.

contemporary drawing: Aurel Schmidt
recent drawing: Aurel Schmidt

next artist >

previous artist >

Bookmark and Share


further articles

limited edition prints and multiples

back to top

Advertise here

Advertise here

top picks...

events festivals tickets reservations

Related articles: Drawing conclusions: the rise of contemporary drawing

click to scroll left
Unmonumental: the everyday in contemporary art
The art of the ordinary
Leading art collectives
Collective cool
Arabic art from the Middle East
Middle eastern contemporary art
Contemporary sculpture
Contemporary sculpture
New German painting of the Leipzig era
German art: the Leipzig years
New art from the Netherlands
Going Dutch: art from Holland
Neo-narration - the newest art narrative
Neo-narration and art as literature
Korean contemporary art
Contemporary art from Korea
Identity and transformation: new contemporary art from Italy
Identity: Italian art now
click to scroll right
1 2 3