Biography

After the 1980s, the art and gallery scene had all but forgotten about Almut Heise. Only when figurative art saw a resurgence did her paintings grab the attention of collectors, critics, curators, and gallery owners again.

Heise garnered some attention during the 1960s and 1970s when her portraits and peculiar, deformed realist interiors fit into contemporary trends. When the trends changed, Heise stayed true to her style and themes, becoming an outsider.

At the age of 21, she moved to Mainz to become an art teacher. She then began studies in Hamburg under Gotthard Graubner, Paul Wunderlich, and British pop art artists Allen Jones and David Hockney. During the student protests of 1968, the 24-year-old Heise painted some of her first works depicting interiors. Afterwards, she created many more paintings with similar themes. Mesmerised by the interior paintings of Richard Hamilton, Heise created spatial artwork of rooms with clear composition and firm definition. She began to gradually add more detail, and in 1970 she created her first portraits.

Heise works slowly, creating around five oil paintings in the space of a year. She mostly uses photographs as a blueprint, but at the same time each detail feels deliberate and arranged. At the end of the 1970s, Heise became a lecturer at the University of Applied Sciences in Hamburg, which she continued doing until 2005.

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1965-1967 Mainz State University for Art and Work Education, Germany

1967-1970 Hamburg State University of Fine Arts, Germany

1970–1971 Royal College of Art London, scholarship of DAAD

1975 Edwin-Scharff-Prize Hamburg

1978–1979 Scholarship Villa Massimo Rome

1978–2005 Professorship at Fachhochschule Hamburg, Germany

1989 Member at Freien Akademie der Künste Hamburg, Germany

2000 Art prize Finkenwerder of the Airbus GmbH

Solo exhibitions (selection)

2016

Almut Heise, Galerie Michael Haas, Berlin

2013

Almut Heise, Galerie Haas AG, Zürich

2012

Galerie Christian Zwang, Hamburg

2010

Galerie Crone, Andreas Osarek, Berlin

2007

Lippische Gesellschaft für Kunst, Schloss Detmold

Almut Heise. Bilder, Zeichnungen, Kunsthandel Wolfgang Werner, Bremen

2005

Almut Heise, Galerie Crone, Andreas Osarek, Berlin

2003

Almut Heise – Werke 1968 – 2003, Galerie Schlichtenmaier, Grafenau

2001

Almut Heise. Gemälde, Zeichnungen, Kunsthandel Wolfgang Werner, Berlin

2000

Almut Heise, Handelskammer Hamburg

1998

Galerie Schlichtenmaier, Grafenau

1994

Galerie Christian Zwang, Hamburg

1990

Kunstverein Freiburg/Breisgau

1988

Almut Heise – Bilder und Zeichnungen 1974-1988, Galerie Christian Zwang, Hamburg

1975

Kunsthaus Hamburg

1974

Staatliche Kunsthalle Baden-Baden

Almut Heise. Bilder, Gouachen, Zeichnungen, Radierungen, Württembergischer Kunstverein Stuttgart

Galerie Hauptmann, Hamburg

1970

4 Hamburger Künstler, Galerie Neuendorf, Hamburg/Galerie Rudolf Zwirner, Cologne

14 mal 14, Staatliche Kunsthalle Baden-Baden

1969

Galerie Hauptmann, Hamburg

Group exhibitions (selection)

2021

L’Invitation au voyage, Esther Schipper, Berlin

2007

25 Years CRONE GALLERY Anniversary Exhibition, Galerie Crone, Berlin

2002

Neue Malerei, Museum Frieder Burda, Baden-Baden

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