Biography of Thomas Schütte
The German sculptor Thomas Schütte (born 1954 in Oldenburg) studied at Kunstakademie Dusseldorf under Fritz Schwegler and Gerhard Richter and today lives and works in Dusseldorf. Schütte’s work is genre-crossing; he experiments with tradition and its effects in media culture as well as the extension of museum spaces - physically and metaphorically. His early works were sculptures made of dough, clay, and gypsum, while later he turned to large-scale works from aluminum, bronze, and steel – always theming the figurative.
Remarkable for this period are works such as Mann und Frau (1986), Große Geister (1996/98), Stahl- und Bronzefrauen (1999), and Blauer Kopf (2002). Although Thomas Schütte’s focus lies on sculpture and model making, his oeuvre also includes a wide-ranging print collection of editions. Important examples are Wattwanderung (2001) and Quengelware (2002) as well as the etchings Volume II (2005) and Nothings (2007). For Schütte printmaking is an essential artistic practice, and he emphasizes his joy of materiality when stating that "A scratch in a copperplate, a fingerprint in clay, or burnt polystyrene: that’s what I like. Precisely the kind of things that were forbidden in our college days: the artist’s mark, finger, body, something individual."