Igshaan Adams

Jan-Henri Booyens

Jared Ginsburg

Bronwyn Katz

Dorothee Kreutzfeldt

Donna Kukama

Turiya Magadlela

Herman Mbamba

Sabelo Mlangeni

Kyle Morland

Cinga Samson

Gerda Scheepers

James Webb

Pedro Wirz

Billie Zangewa

Gerda Scheepers

By applying imagery as short-hand for both her own art making process, and 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 and 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 Scheeper’s words, “the studio functions somehow as a capsule, where possibilities and restrictions play themselves out.”

Born in 1979 in Tzaneen, South Africa, Scheepers lives and works in Cape Town.


curriculum vitae

1979 Born Tzaneen, South Africa



2001 – 2005 Kunstakademie Düsseldorf

1999 – 2001 Hogeschool voor de Kunsten Arnhem


solo exhibitions

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 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 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

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

2017 “Jeder sollte in der Lage sein, Kunst zu erwerben.”, Kunsthalle Recklinghausen, Recklinghausen

2016 SHE MIGHT BE, Delmes and Zander, Cologne

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

2015 Group Show, Micky Schubert, Micky Schubert, Berlin

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

2013 blank projects in Johannesburg, Ithuba Arts Gallery, Johannesburg

2013 The Stairs, Algus Greenspon Gallery, New York

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