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Exhibition at Galerie Urs Meile presents a selection of paintings and works on paper by Christian Schoeler
Christian Schoeler, #70-042 (Tumble mary, as if affecting a ten million glance, maggy de la laine), 2013 (detail). Mixed media, oil on canvas mounted on wood, 70 × 135 cm. Photo: Courtesy the artist and Galerie Urs Meile, Beijing-Lucerne.

LUCERNE.- The Galerie Urs Meile is presenting a selection of paintings and works on paper by the German artist Christian Schoeler (1978 – 2015) under the title Rembrandt as a Boy.

In his paintings Schoeler devoted himself to re-interpreting the traditional genres of portrait, still life, and landscape. The fragility of his works of art owes much to the artist’s painterly treatment of light, as well as to the translation of his own physical experiences onto the surface of the canvas. In the last two years it was no longer possible for Schoeler to paint, as a severe illness hindered him from continuing his intensive exploration of painting.

The artist, who died in December 2015, left behind a rich oeuvre. The first exhibition after his death features exemplary paintings from his body of work.

Christian Schoeler (born 1978 in Hagen, Germany – December 28, 2015) was a contemporary painter known for his watercolors and oil paintings, who lived and worked in Düsseldorf.

Schoeler's work is often concerned with the ideas of fragility, beauty, vulnerability, as well as representations of youth and masculinity. "Seen up close, the rich rendering of the surfaces of his models' skin is second only to the rich surfaces of the paintings themselves. It’s hard not to get lost in what he describes as the boundary between what is on the inside and what is on the outside."

He studied at the Academy of Fine Arts, Munich, with Günther Förg, completing his studies in 2007. His work has been included in exhibitions in Cologne, Düsseldorf, London, Miami and Paris.

In 2009, Schoeler collaborated with Louis Vuitton’s Paul Helbers, designing a suit made entirely out of painted canvas for the Esquire (UK Edition) Singular Suit Project, which was then exhibited at Somerset House in London. This collaboration was followed by a second in January 2010 when he and Helbers created a series of hand painted leather bags for Vuitton's fall/winter 2010/2011 men's wear collection.

His work has been featured in Dazed & Confused, AnOtherMan, OZON Magazine, Vogue Homme International,, and The New York Times The Moment Blog.

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