'No one ever discovered anything new by colouring inside the line' T. Vasquez
"That thought makes me smile. I imagine my dots to dance!"
Silvi Schaumloeffel is an expressive contemporary oil painter living and working in Kelmscott by the Thames.
Silvi was born in 1979 in Germany and after her degree in Sports Marketing travelled extensively through her work before moving to the UK, where she now lives and works.
Silvi trained in classic and contemporary oil painting and finished her Diploma at the Norfolk Painting School under Martin Kinnear in July 2016.
Silvi is interested in conveying a sense of a place, and while the experience and observations might be personal to the artist, to bring the viewer along to explore and find their own sense. Creativity is a process and many painterly decision are made along the way, not all successful, many surprising but all adding to the joy of creating, of pushing paint, of playing with colour, aesthetics and visual design. These traces of the creative process are an essential part of her work.
Her painting style is influenced by classical masters such as J. W. Turner, Joan Mitchell, Richard Diebenkorn, Per Kirkeby and Joan Eardley for their innovative use of colour, expressive mark making and abstraction as well as contemporary artists such as Eric Aho and Frank Auerbach.
The foundation of her work is in the continued study of the historic context, varied techniques and artistic evolvements of old and modern masters. Expanding her understanding of the tradition of oil painting is an important element to her work. By applying these techniques and her own original thinking and gestural brushwork to her work, she creates expressive contemporary paintings and unique pieces of work. Her technical focus is on expressive mark making and colour relationships.
Silvi’s practice involves both plein-air and studio work and embraces an extensive range of materials and techniques both traditional and contemporary.
Silvi's studio is based at Friar's Court in Clanfield, Oxfordshire.