Silke Bartsch

b 1963 Osnabrück . Lives and works in Berlin.


Silke Bartsch

Silke Bartsch paints scenes and situations from her urban surroundings, focusing on aspects of the everyday. Her subject matter includes places she enjoys such as miniature golf courses, balconies, tents and allotment gardens. Her painting style dances on the border between representation and abstraction.

While the paintings are mainly void of human presence, the places portrayed remain animated. Within the details of each painting you are able to find subtle traces of the people who once used these spaces as a form of retreat from the gazing masses, or a shelter where one can at least temporarily, follow his or her own pace.

With a colorful approach, using light overlapping brushstrokes, Bartsch presents her small microcosms as series. These series have varying titles such as ‘above’, ‘absence’, ‘Rückzugsmöglichkeiten’, as well as using street names and numbers, each representing a place where life can continue unnoticed. Her paintings are picturesque painted collages, which provide an insight into a neighborhood world, seen from the perspective of the anonymous observer, however, without seeming voyeuristic.

What remains visible in a rather graphic translation are the utensils of lived-in places without the appearance of its inhabitants. A balcony or an allotment garden is a place where life happens outside of the intimate living space, a semi-private cove within a public space. It is possible to gain snapshots of the outside world from within these spaces without really being seen, and also for the eyes of the locals for whom this view is so familiar. These contemplative scenes become the starting point for the viewer to explore these everyday stills.

All of the motifs are based on photographs that are expressly taken with the paintings in mind. Through the painting process the view of nature and architecture become simplified. In what some may find as unspectacular subject matter, Bartsch finds a starting point from which to explore the boundaries between realism and abstraction. Bartsch often works in small series of three to six paintings using a combination of acrylic and oil paint. In parallel, the artist continues to explore the use of other materials including polystyrene, linoleum and wallpaper as a means to challenge the classical notion of the picture plane.


  • 1997—98 Art in Context, Berlin University of the Arts (Universität der Künste)
  • 1993—94 Painting, Academy of Arts Düsseldorf (Kunstakademie Düsseldorf)
  • 1988—93 Visual Communication with an emphasis on Painting University of Applied Sciences (Fachhochschule Düsseldorf) Degree in Design (Diplom)
  • 1987—88 Architecture, University of Hannover (Universität Hannover)

  • 2016 Impuls und Verwandlung, Grundbuchhalle des Ziviljustizgebäudes (Hamburg)
  • 2014 Nachtschutz, Galerie Kunst Krämer (Berlin)
  • 2012 Frei-Zeit-Frei-Fahrt-Frei-Spiel, Galerie Katja Krämer (Berlin)
  • Alles andere als Graubeige, Ärztehaus Hannover (Hannover)
  • Maigrün bis Korallrot, clinic fera (Berlin)
  • 2011 Minigolf – Malerei, Galerie Kunst Krämer (Berlin) Schnitt_Bilder, exhibition to the day of brain tumour, UKM (Münster)
  • 2010 Rückzugsmöglichkeiten, Galerie Kuhn & Partner (Berlin)
  • 2009 Sommer, Deutsche Bank (Potsdam)
  • 2007 Mikrokosmen, Galerie Kurt im Hirsch, (Berlin) Mikrokosmen II, Galerie Oellermann, (Berlin) (k)
  • 2006 Painting Silke Bartsch, KunstSchule, (Berlin)
  • 2005 Painting Silke Bartsch, Kunstsalon Wilde Gans, (Berlin)
  • Schnitt_Bilder Galerie Volksbank Cloppenburg, (Cloppenburg)
  • 2004 Grenzgänge Kunst und Medizin, Galerie der UKM (Münster)
  • 2002 Erinnerungsstücke, PSI/Projektroom for young art, (Berlin)
  • 2001 LUXUS-Projektroom, (Berlin)
  • 2000 Körper-Schnitte, Medizin-Historisches Museum, Hörsaalruine Charitè, (Berlin)
Group exhibitions
  • 2016 Spur & Gefüge, with C. Barthoi and J. Roepke as uests of the Gallery Jens Goethel (HH) (Berlin) Berlinkolorit, Galerie Kunstzimmer (Hamburg Eppndorf) PRESENCE an exhibition about mindful and physical attendance through painting, with Jakob Roepke, Catherine Bourdon, Sven Ochsenreither (Berlin) Lange Nacht der Gerichtshöfe, (Berlin) 10 x 10 , Jubiläumsausstellung, Verein Berliner Künstler (Berlin)
  • 2015 BRUT INTERSTELLAR, Verein Berliner Künstler (Berlin) Der Garten, Grüne Hölle oder Paradies, Galerie der Kirche St.Johannes zu Lassan, (Lassan) Querformat, Kunstraum F 200 (Berlin), curated by Peter Lindenberg
  • 2014 Behausung, Verein Berliner Künstler (Berlin), with Nele Probst aktionale, Galerie Flierl, Verein Berliner Künstler (Berlin) sommer exhibition, dat Galerie (Berlin)
  • 2013 underground, Verein Berliner Künstler (Berlin) Friends of the Gallery, Kuhn&Partner (Berlin) (k) Erinnerungsspeicher, Kunstverein Neukölln e.V. (Berlin) Wunderbare kleine Welten, Kunstverein Barsinghausen (Hannover) (k) MISSING an exhibition about absence, curated by Jakob Roepke (Berlin) Der weibliche Blick, Kunstverein Burgwedel/ Isernhagen (Hannover)
  • 2012 Renaissance der Gesichter, Philip-Johnson-Haus (Berlin)
  • 2011 IM DEZEMBER, Galerie LUX (Berlin) arm aber sexy, Atelierhaus Aachen, with Michael Schulze, Sandra Beckmann a.o. (Aachen) LE GRAND FINAL, Galerie Oellermann, Kunstamt Reinickendorf, with Niki Elbe, L. Brekenfeld, Julian Charriere a.o.. (Berlin)
  • 2010 7. Bertliner Kunstsalon (Berlin) (k) korrespondencia, Galerie der Moderne Oppeln (Polen) (k)
  • 2009 Der Himmel ist blau, Sächsischer Landtag (Dresden) Musterkollektion, Tapetenfabrik (Bonn) 16komma19kubik, Gallery k4, (Dresden-Berlin-Dresden-München-Dresden) (k) 6,19 sprinter(lang), COPYRIGHT Projects, (Dresden-Berlin-München-Dresden)
  • 2008 Das Gemeine Haus, with Anke Koschinski, Galerie HAMMER (Berlin) Minigolf, Abdeckfolie, Gaffer Tape., with Demjan Tschistjakow, Galerie doppelde (DD)(k) don’t come looking, mit Anna Hughes (UK), Galerie Kollaborativ, (Berlin) (k)
Art fairs
  • April 2016, Supermarket Art Fair, Swartet Huset, Stockholm
  • Juli 2016, Sodu 4, Vilnius, Litauen
  • September 2016, Pixelache Festival, Helsinki
  • Arte2016 Sindelfingen (Stuttgart), Contemporary fine Art Zürich 2015, Berliner Liste 2015, Kunstwerk/Werkkunst Schloss Reinbek 2015/16, Kunstsalon 2010 Collections
  • Graphothek Kunstamt Reickendorf (Berlin)
  • Private collection : R. Tesching (Münster), H. Marquard (Osnabrück, Bremen), H. Westerkamp (Berlin)
Grant prices
  • Kunstamt Reinickendorf/ Kunstamt Münster/ Welde Kunstpreis, Ausstellung 30 Beste (Mannheim 2008)/ Kunstamt Osnabrück
Teaching activities
  • since 2010 Art Teacher, Lazarusschulen (Berlin)
  • 2008–2011 lectureship for creative basics, high school of the Berlin-Brandenburgischen-Bildungswerks, (Potsdam)
  • 2005 Planing and curating the art event „Mosaik 148” (Mallorca)
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