Born in 1953 in Hannover, Germany, Petra Schott is an abstract painter whose art revolves around states of mind, longings, and memories.
After completing her studies in Fine Art at the Art Academy in Kassel in 1982 and continuing to paint, Schott also had a long career as a lawyer and judge in Germany before fully dedicating herself to making art in 2014. Since then she has attracted the attention of national and international galleries, art critics, and collectors.
Highly influenced by the works of Cy Twombly, Leiko Ikemura, Joan Mitchell, Marlène Dumas, Elisabeth Cummings, and Henri Matisse, the artist’s work is emotionally charged and in direct dialogue with the viewer who is invited into an open space for expression.
In her works, Schott delicately creates colourful representations of nostalgia, freedom and human relationships. Whilst delving into the exploration of the mediums of her choice, which can range from pastel chalks, pencils, and acrylics to egg tempura and oils, she also explores nature and an intangible realm in which human figures with abstract facial expressions are loosely outlined.
The artist’s creative process begins first and foremost with exploring materiality. A strong inner urge drives the artist to a particular canvas, paper or painting medium, or even a particular colour, and she lets her intuition guide her whilst exploring each medium’s expressive potential.
In Schott’s work, colour plays a crucial role in evoking a certain moment, feeling or connection as she weaves personal and collective memories into shapes, marks and lines found in her everyday life, creating an abstract language of painting that oscillates between lyrical abstraction and figurative references.
Petra Schott regularly exhibits nationally and internationally, with solo and group shows in Germany, Spain, Italy, Finland, and the Czech Republic.
The artist currently lives and works in Frankfurt, Germany. With strong roots in Abstract Expressionism and other traditions including Gestural and Informal painting, my art is charged with emotions, visions and memories in a figurative-abstract way.