Oil paintings capture the unexpected beauty of everyday life
German artist Kate Waters celebrates the unexpected beauty of the mundane in her realistic oil paintings. From indoor scenes of people seated at tables to nighttime depictions of car-lined streets, she captures moments of modern life that are familiar to everyone, but rarely immortalized on canvas. His latest exhibition titled Apotheosis of the Real illustrates this fascination with a series of paintings inspired by low-key urban life.
Originally from Canada, Waters moved to Düsseldorf, Germany after graduating from art school in 1991, and has lived there ever since. “My main source of visual inspiration comes from my own photographs which I mostly rework in Photoshop or collage to achieve the final composition,” Water explains in an artist statement. “My other source of inspiration for content is everything that exists, really. I’m fascinated by the seeming serendipity of cross-references within cultures, in advertising, literature, music tracks, history, art history, in words, fashion, social policy, religion Realizing this turns everything into a kind of poetry, which it is indeed, our absurd world/humanity is resolutely turned towards the self-harm, it’s so interesting and beautiful and I’m a part of it.
Each of these figurative paintings focuses on a distinct moment in time that is neither extraordinary nor boring. Some of these works feature figures looking directly at the viewer, while other images offer a more voyeuristic view of people’s lives. All pieces, however, are rendered with a masterful sense of precision and attention to detail. “My image choice, which I then invest the next four to six weeks in, is governed by finding something that has universal meaning, something that looks familiar to many, perhaps a tick‚ pre- Klischee‚ a metaphor”, she continues. “The content I want to extract from an image matures as I work on it.”
Apotheosis of the Real is on display at Galerie Voss in Düsseldorf from August 27 to October 23, 2021. You can follow the artist on Instagram for updates on his latest projects and exhibitions.
German artist Kate Waters creates stunningly realistic paintings that reflect everyday modern life.