Regen Projects is pleased to announce representation of Los Angeles-based artist Silke Otto-Knapp.

Known for her crepuscular landscapes and figurative tableaux that engage with the history of painting, Otto-Knapp’s signature style employs subtle washes of watercolor, slowly built up layer by layer on the surface of the canvas to create form. Each carefully constructed composition embodies distinct temporalities and moods evoked through a juxtaposition of flatness and luminosity achieved through painterly chroma and surface texture. Drawing inspiration from a myriad of sources and subject matter including historical figures, landscapes, seascapes, poetry, modern dance choreography, and theatre design, her work engages both abstraction and representation, simultaneously evoking and erasing form on the picture plane.

Silke Otto-Knapp was born in Osnabrück, Germany in 1970. She earned a M.A. from Chelsea College of Art and Design in London, and a degree in Cultural Studies from the University of Hildesheim, Germany.

Selected solo exhibitions include Bühnenbilder, Midway Contemporary Art, Minneapolis (2018); Land Lies in Water, Art Gallery of Ontario, Toronto (2015); Monday or Tuesday, Camden Arts Centre, London (2014); Cold Climate, Museo Marino Marini, Florence (2014); Kunsthalle Wien, Vienna (2014); Fogo Island Arts, Canada (2014); Geography and Plays, Kunsthal Charlottenborg, Copenhagen (2013); A light in the moon / MATRIX 239, Berkeley Art Museum, Pacific Film Archive, Berkeley (2011); Many many women, Kunstverein München, Munich (2010); Present time exercise, Modern Art Oxford, Oxford (2009); and 50ft Queenie, Tate Britain, London (2005).

Otto-Knapp is an Associate Professor in the Department of Art at the University of California, Los Angeles.

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Image: Islands (Full moon), 2016. Watercolor on canvas, 70 7/8 x 63 inches (180 x 160 cm).