Jorg W. Schirmer - profile

Joerg W. Schirmer /   Jörg Wilhelm Schirmer

Germany 1965

Sculpture, Painting

Joerg W. Schirmer
Jörg Wilhelm Schirmer
October 17, 2015

Jörg Wilhelm Schirmer is a German sculptor and painter, known for his unusual sculptures of human body characterized by the mannerist overlength proportions of the portrayed figures.

Jörg W. Schirmer was born in 1965 in Frankfurt am Main. He is a great-grandson of Johann W. Schirmer, landscape painter and founding director of the Art Academy Karlsruhe. From 1986 till 1989, Jörg studied woodcarving technique in Rheda-Wiedenbrück. In 1991, he enrolled at the Dusseldorf Art Academy. With professor Markus Lüpertz as his mentor, Jörg got his master degree in 1996. The artist leads an art studio located in Essen, where he lives with his muse and life partner Andrea.

Jörg W. Schirmer’s Sculptures

Jorg W. Schirmer - Große Carla, 2012, Jorg W. Schirmer - Standbein Spielbein
Left: Jorg W. Schirmer – Große Carla, 2012 / Right: Jorg W. Schirmer – Standbein Spielbein

The human body is mostly in the center of Jörg W. Schirmer creation. During his career, Schirmer developed the pyramidal act, which is a recurring feature in all of his sculptures and paintings. Fascinated by body language, Jörg W. Schirmer creates faceless figures characterized by large emphasized feet. Without the face to express emotions, Schirmer has found ways to communicate personal moods, allegorical subjects and the character of his subjects using only body language and posture.

Physicality of Schirmer’s figures indicates the artist’s interest in movement and expression. As a solid starting point for movement, figures’ base are feet which hint an explosive dynamics of the human body.

Blue Baby, 2013

Jorg W. Schirmer - Blue Baby, 2013
Jorg W. Schirmer – Blue Baby, 2013

Materials and surface of the finished figures are also a key ingredient and focus point of his artistic approach. Schirmer works with several different materials, such as bronze, concrete, aluminum, and specifically with wood. For some of his paintings, Jörg cites the landscape paintings of his great-grandfather as an influence, combining harmonious landscape images with his pyramidal act.

Ménage á trois, 2014

Jorg W. Schirmer - Ménage á trois, 2014
Jorg W. Schirmer – Ménage á trois, 2014

Since 1997, Jörg W. Schirmer participated in numerous group and solo exhibitions, mostly in Germany and Austria. His sculpture from 2006 titled Acrobat was awarded with the first Audience Award at the exhibition Art Squares held at Zeche Zollverein in Essen. The artist is represented by Galerie Hegemann based in Munich, Germany.

Jörg Wilhelm Schirmer lives and works in his studio in Essen, Germany.

All images courtesy of Galerie Hegemann

YearExhibition TitleGallery/MuseumSolo/Group
2015Kölner ListeGalerie Klose, KölnGroup
2015Art KarlsruheGalerie Klose, KarlsruheGroup
2014Art Fair KIAFGalerie Klose, Südkorea, SeoulGroup
2014org.ie_himmlischZeche Unser Fritz, HerneSolo
2014Art Fair KölnGalerie Klose, KölnGroup
2014guten Willens….Galerie Klose, EssenSolo
2014Kölner ListeGalerie Klose, KölnGroup
2014Art KarlsruheGalerie Klose, KarlsruheGroup
2013Art Fair KIAFGalerie Klose, Südkorea, Seoul Group
2013Jörg W. SchirmerSparda-Bank Karlsruhe, Galerie Gegenwart, KarlsruheSolo
2013Berliner ListeGalerie Klose, BerlinGroup
2013art copenhagenGalerie Hoffmann, Rheda-WiedenbrückGroup
2013On the RoadGalerie Klose, EssenGroup
2013C.A.R.2013Galerie Klose, Weltkulturerbe Zeche Zollverein, Essen Group
2012Art Fair KIAFGalerie Klose, Südkorea, Seoul Group
2013C.A.R.2012Galerie Klose, Weltkulturerbe Zeche Zollverein, Essen Group
2013Group ShowKünstleraustausch Essen-Paris, Forum Kunst & Architektur, Paris Group
2013Golf-Event gesponsert von der UBSFzK, S. Gerstenberg, Bottrop Group
2013Über die FreundschaftForum Kunst & Architektur, Essen Group
2013Ich kommeGalerie Gegenwart, KarlsruheSolo
2013art KarlsruheGalerie Gegenwart, Karlsruhe Group
2011Der HimmelsstürmerKaarst-BüttgenGroup
2011Art KarlsruheGalerie Klose, KarlsruheGroup
2011MACHEN UND TUN 1991- 2011Forum Kunst & ArchitekturttttGroup
2011art InnsbruckAustriaSolo
2011Group ShowGalerie Gegenwart, KarlsruheGroup
2010ContemporaryARTruhr 10Weltkulturerbe Zeche Zollverein, Essen Group
2010Jörg W. SchirmerKunstverein Wesseling, WesselingSolo
2010Group ShowGalerie Klose, Essen Group
2010Group ShowRKB, Ruhrländischer Künstlerbund, Kiron Espace, Paris Group
2010Group ShowFZK, Fördergesellschaft zeitgenössischer Kunst, S. Gerstenberg, Essen Group
2010Starke Orte - Projekt Ruhr 2010Landschaftspark Duisburg Nord Group
2010tease art fairSondershow, Köln Group
2010Jörg W. SchirmerRathaus-Galerie der Stadt KaarstSolo
2010HimmelsstürmerStelenweg für den Stadtteil Büttgen, Kaarst Group
2010artKarlsruheGalerie GAM, Obrist Gingold, Essen Group
2009Group ShowSpace 798, Düsseldorf Group
2009WundertüteGalerie GAM, Obrist Gingold, Essen Group
2009ContemporaryARTruhr 09Weltkulturerbe Zeche Zollverein, Essen Group
2009Group ShowStifterverband für die Deutsche Wissenschaft, Essen Group
2008ready to go… KIAFGalerie Klose, Essen Group
2008Teilnahme Art Fair KIAFGalerie Klose, Südkorea, Seoul Group
2008ContemporaryARTruhr 08Weltkulturerbe Zeche Zollverein, Essen Group
2007Hommage an Johann W. Schirmer zum 200. GeburtstagsSparkasse DürenSolo
2007Zukunft braucht HerkunftGalerie Klose, EssenSolo
2007Kunst am BaumBerger Anlagen, Gelsenkirchen Group
2007Jörg W. SchirmerMuseum GelsenkirchenSolo
2007kunstquadrate07Weltkulturerbe Zeche Zollverein, Essen Group
2006forum06Weltkulturerbe Zeche Zollverein, Essen Group
2006kunstquadrate06Weltkulturerbe Zeche Zollverein, Essen Group
2005Lehre als IdeeGalerie Christine Hölz, Düsseldorf Group
2005Group ShowGalerie Best, Südkorea, Seoul Group
2005kunstquadrate05Weltkulturerbe Zeche Zollverein, Essen Group
2004FundamentalesGalerie Klose, EssenSolo
2004kunstquadrate04Weltkulturerbe Zeche Zollverein, Essen Group
2003Teilnahme an der Art InnsbruckGalerie Klose, Österreich Group
2003 In der TrinkhalleBaden-BadenSolo
2003Kunst am SeeETUF EssenSolo
2002Jörg W. SchirmerGalerie Klose, EssenSolo
2002Essener quARTier, Kunst im ContainerGalerie Klose, Essen Group
2001Art InnsbruckGalerie Klose, Österreich Group
2001Art ViennaGalerie Klose, Österreich Group
2001Essener quARTier, Kunst im ContainerGalerie Klose, Essen Group
2000Jörg W. SchirmerGalerie Klose, EssenSolo
1999FleischeslustGalerie Alexa Jansen, Köln Group
1998Essen kauft KunstWeltkulturerbe Zeche Zollverein, Essen Group
1997Group ShowFlottmann-Hallen, HerneGroup