Igshaan Adams

Jan-Henri Booyens

Jared Ginsburg

Bronwyn Katz

Dorothee Kreutzfeldt

Donna Kukama

Herman Mbamba

Sabelo Mlangeni

Kyle Morland

Cinga Samson

Gerda Scheepers

Lerato Shadi

James Webb

Pedro Wirz

Billie Zangewa

Gerda Scheepers

By applying imagery as short-hand for both her own art making process or specific (cultural) signs and figurations, Gerda Scheepers explores the medium of painting. Content and formal elements of painting are remixed through cut, copy and paste with the results actively pursuing ambiguity. Her paintings, as well as her sculptures, operate like devices for containment that, ultimately crucially, fail to contain. Scheepers delves into the techniques of collage and decoupage, using them as visual and linguistic instruments to disrupt the continuum of the familiar and enable a continuum between apparently disparate registers. Simultaneously, she employs collage as a tool to didactically, and sometimes humorously, imitate the brutal fragmentation brought on by life’s daily efforts. In Scheepers’ words, “the studio functions somehow as a capsule, where possibilities and restrictions play themselves out.”

Scheepers graduated from the Dusseldorf Art Academy in 2005 and won the Art Cologne Preis fur junge Kunst in 2006. Solo exhibitions include Rooms (Mary Mary Gallery, 2019), fabric actors (Galerie PCP, 2018), Body Corporate (Mary Mary Gallery, 2016), Sitcom (blank projects, 2016), PSYCHO SOCIO SURFACE (blank projects, 2014), A Social Life (Of Image) (Mary Mary Gallery, 2013), Modal Approach and Accent (blank projects, 2012) and Low and partial: Romantic Comedy (Kunstverein Nuremberg, 2012). In 2012, she was awarded the Marianne-Defet- Malerei-Stipendium. Scheepers lives and works in Cape Town, South Africa.


curriculum vitae

1979 Born Tzaneen, South Africa

lives and works in Cape Town, South Africa



2001 – 2005 Kunstakademie Düsseldorf

1999 – 2001 Hogeschool voor de Kunsten Arnhem


solo exhibitions

2019 Rooms, Mary Mary Gallery, Glasgow

2018 fabric actors, Galerie PCP, Paris

2016 Body Corporate, Mary Mary Gallery, Glasgow

2016 SITCOM, blank projects, Cape Town

2014 PSYCHO SOCIO SURFACE, blank projects, Cape Town

2013 A Social Life (Of Image), MaryMary, Glasgow

2013 Ca. Dilemma, (collaboration with Marieta Chirulescu), PIGNA PROJECT SPACE, Rome

2013 Centerfold, Possible Press Volume 3: Issue 1, Philadelphia

2013 Talking about 12 paintings, blank projects, Cape Town

2013 STUDIO BALLET, screening in the SL-public gallery of the Stockholm Underground

2012 Low and Partial Romantic Comedy, Kunstverein Nürnberg – Albrecht Dürer Gsellschaft

2012 Modal Approach and Accent, blank projects, Cape Town

2012 Medium and Modality, OSLO10, Basel

2011 Rauminhalt Äquivalente, Micky Schubert, Berlin

2011 Art Berlin Contemporary, Berlin

2011 Relations short before Form, Koffer Ausstellungsraum, Berlin

2010 Written Spoken Pictures, Center, Berlin

2010 Inside Arrangement. International II, Mary Mary, Glasgow

2009 Taras Bookies 2007/2009, Sprüth Magers, Berlin

2008 Inside Arrangement. International, Micky Schubert, Berlin

2007 The Office Projects and Others, Art Cologne Preis für Junge Kunst 2006 at Artothek, Cologne

2006 Things Prepared, Art Cologne 2006, Cologne

2006 (New Talents Program), Sprüth Magers, Cologne / Munich / London

2006 Come Garden of the Combed Rocks, Bonner Kunstverein, Peter Mertes Stipendium

2005 Lace and Traces, di.vitrine, Düsseldorf

2005 Linescape, Bar Ornella, Cologne


group exhibitions

2019  the head the hand, blank projects, Cape Town

2019 Russian Morning, MD Bar, Cologne, Germany

2019 Im Grunde ist es die Wahrheit (Essentially it’s the Truth), Magenta Plains, New York, USA

2018 open agenda, blank projects, Cape Town, South Africa

2018 BACK TO THE FUTURE III, Abstract Art In South Africa: Past and Present, SMAC Gallery, Stellenbosch

2018 blankGalerie Guido W. Baudach, Berlin

2018 Da Uno a Dieci, Galleria Massimo Manini, Brescia

2017 17, blank projects, Cape Town

2017 A Painting Today, Stevenson, Cape Town

2017 Alluring shapes, tempting spaces, Galerie Eva Meyer, Paris

2016 SHE MIGHT BE, Delmes and Zander, Cologne

2016 “Jeder sollte in der Lage sein, Kunst zu erwerben.”, Kunsthalle Recklinghausen,


2016 Figure, blank projects, Cape Town

2015 Furniture: a sculpture exhibition, blank projects, Cape Town

2015 Group Show, Micky Schubert, Micky Schubert, Berlin

2015 Bild und Anpassung, Städtische Galerie, Waldkraiburg

2015 Back to the Future II: Abstract Art in South Africa: Past & Present, SMAC Gallery, Stellenbosch

2014 Thinking, Feeling, Head, Heart, The New Church Museum, Cape Town

2014 next thing you know, blank projects, Cape Town

2014 Danjuma Collection: One Man’s Trash (is Another Man’s Treasure), London

2014 Part 1: Katharina Marszewski and Gerda Scheepers, Galerie Warhus Rittershaus, Cologne

2014 Inside Arrangement, Mary Mary Gallery, Glasgow

2014 Bild Und Anpassung / Image And Adaptation, Palais Für Aktuelle Kunst, Glückstadt

2014 DON’T YOU FEEL ME, Galerie Micky Shubert, Berlin

2013 Hotel International, Galerie Warhus Rittershaus / Marsil Hotel, Cologne

2013 PAINTING FOREVER! KEILRAHMEN, KW Institute for Contemporary Art, Berlin

2013 Van Bommel Van Dam Prize nominees exhibition, Rudolf-Scharpf Galerie, Wilhelm Hack 

Museum, Ludwigshafen am Rhein

2013 This is the thing, blank projects, Cape Town

2013 blank projects in Johannesburg, Ithuba Arts Gallery, Johannesburg

2013 The Stairs, Algus Greenspon Gallery, New York

2013 Van Bommel Van Dam Prize nominees exhibition, Van Bommel Van Dam Museum, Venlo

2013 LIGEGYLDIGT HVORHEN, BLOT UDENFOR VERDEN, Gallerie Nicolai Wallner, Copenhagen

2013 Provinz Neue Editionen, Galerie Vera Gliem, Cologne

2013 blank projects, Art Cologne/NADA, Cologne

2012 When Form Becomes Attitude, blank projects, Cape Town

2012 3 Positionen zu Malerei, collaboration with Varda Caivano und Maria Chirulescu, Galerie Barbara Gross, München

2012 Be with me, Galerie Peter Bergman, Stockholm

2012 Cocaine – Blows my brain, Spor Klüüb, Berlin

2012 Re-Opening, Deweer Gallery, Otegem

2011 The yarn beam and the revolving stage, Galerie Thomas Flor, Düsseldorf

2011 Dwelling, Marianne Boesky Gallery, New York

2011 Gerda Scheepers & Alistair Frost, Mary Mary Gallery, Glasgow

2011 Morgen, Provinz Editionen, Bochum

2011 SINGLE-club, Düsseldorf

2010 Ladies Room, Galerie Warhus Rittershaus, Cologne

2010 Drawing on Coats and Hindered Kindreds, Oktober, Düsseldorf

2010 The Importance of Being Earnest, Naumannstrasse 81, Berlin

2010 A Thing is a Thing in a Whole Which it’s Not, Temporary Gallery Cologne, Mauritiuswall 35, Cologne

2010 Dearie Does the Do not Care, Halle für Kunst E.V., Lüneburg

2010 Woodman, Woodman, Who Spare That Tree, Galerie Micky Schubert, Berlin

2009 Arrival Inside, Mary Mary, Glasgow

2009 dok25a, Düsseldorf

2007 Elegance, Kölnischer Kunstverein (collaborative work with Thea Djordjadze and Rosemarie Trockel)

2007 We Stopped in The Colonnade, Hotel, London

2007 Showing Landscape, Cologne

2006 Modus, Neue Kunsthalle St. Gallen (collaborative work with Thea Djordjadze and Rosemarie Trockel)

2006 I Could Chair This Dance, Simultanhalle, Cologne

2006 Bar Ornella auf dem Hügel, Kunst:Dialoge Museum Ludwig, a project in the public sphere by Museum Ludwig, Cologne

2006 Teller und Unterschiebung, acapulco, Düsseldorf

2005 Regarding Düsseldorf – Junge Kunst in Düsseldorf, 701 e.V. Düsseldorf

2005 7, Sprüth Magers Lee, London

2005 Fünf für Köln, Panzer und Schöne Aussicht, Cologne

2005 unitdèd, Plain Bar de Player, Rotterdam

2004 Cotton, Bone and Rock spread like a single Thing of thin and hard when wet with Ocean Water, Panzer

2004 Thea Djordjadze, Robert Elfgen, Gerda Scheepers, Sprüth Magers Projekte, Munich

2004 Rheinschau, Art Cologne, Sprüth Magers Projekte, Munich

2002 Klasse Rosemarie Trockel, Kunstverein Gelsenkirchen


awards and bursaries

2011 Marianne-Defet-Malerei-Stipendium, Kunstverein Nürnberg

2008 Arbeitsstipendium Kunststiftung NRW

2006 Art Cologne New Talents Prize 2006

2006 Art Cologne Preis für junge Kunst 2006

2005 Peter Mertes Stipendium, Bonner Kunstverein

2005 Peter Mertes Stipendium, Bonner Kunstverein

2004 Reisestipendium, Kunstakademie Düsseldorf

2004 Travel grant, Kunstakademie Düsseldorf


independent projects

2005 – 2006 Bar Ornella (Maibachstraße, Köln)

Bar founded and run together with other artists, where exhibitions and art projects took place once a week.

2004 – 2005 Panzer (Thebäerstr. 14, Köln)

Exhibition space, founded and run together with Jan Meier and Simon Hemmer.



2016 Gerda Scheepers, blank projetcs
2013 Door Between Either and Or, Kunstverein Munchen and BOM DIA BOA TARDE BOA NOITE
2013 Van Bommel van Damm Prize nominee show catalog, VanBommel VanDamm Museum
2012 Low and Partial ROMANTIC COMEDY, Kunstverein Nürnberg Albrecht Dürer Gesellschaf
2006 Come Garden of the Combed Rocks, Peter Mertes Stipendium, Bonn Bonner Kunstverein
2006 Jongbloed, M. Entangled – Approaching Contemporary African Artists, Volkswagen Stiftung, Hannover 2006 Teller und Unterschiebung, Acapulco Düsseldorf
2006 Automne / Frottée 06/07, in “Modus”, Neue Kunsthalle St. Gallen
2006 Bar Ornella (Documentation 2005 – 2006), Bar Ornella, Köln
2005 United Cool Hot Alone, Panzer, Köln
2005 Regarding Düsseldorf, 701 ev .V. Düsseldorf

essays + reviews

2019 Spens, C. Gerda Scheepers: Rooms, Studio International [online](Published 26 March 2019)
2016 Benmakhlouf, A. Gerda Scheepers at Mary Mary, The Skinny [online](Published 5 August 2016)
2016 Kawitzky, F. The One With the Couch: Gerda Scheepers ‘Sitcom’, Art Throb [online](Published 25 May)
2014 Artist Studios Gerda Scheepers, Art Throb [online](Published 12 September)
2011 Regarding Düsseldorf 6, 701 ev at the KIT Kunst im Tunnel, Content Counts [online](Published 13 October 2011)
2007 Goral, A. Arbeiten von Gerda Scheepers in der Kölner Artothek, report-k.de / Kölns Internetzeitung, [online](Published 10 July 2007)