Douglas Witmer

Selected Drawings and Paintings

Online Only: solo exhibition by Douglas Witmer … more >


Exclusively online from 27/02 to 10/04/2021


We are pleased to present the second part of the new series of curated online exhibitions of works by our gallery artists. Parallel to our regular offline programme in the gallery, we are herewith focusing on rarely shown or even older works. Until 10 April, we present selected drawings and paintings by Douglas Witmer.

From 27/02/2021 at 6pm, you can see the works here below in our Viewing Room and Picture Gallery. At the same time, all works will be offered for sale in our online shop. We will be happy to send you further information on request. You are also welcome to arrange an individual appointment at the gallery, where we will be happy to show you the works in person. Please contact us at: or +49-174-490 96 35.


About Douglas Witmer:
For over two decades Douglas Witmer (American, b. 1971) has steadily pursued a personal inquiry into the materiality of the painted object, refining his processes within the framework of reductive abstract painting. His elemental compositional structures are activated by sensuous color and various improvised gestural and incidental actions. His ongoing interest is establishing a visual place that offers someone an open invitation for a personal experience of seeing and feeling.

Douglas Witmer about working on paper:
My studio always has a plentiful supply of paper on hand and ready to go. As it is for many painters, working on paper offers me an open space of exploration where unexpected outcomes may be more embraced in ways I would not allow on my canvases. My works on paper are made simultaneously to my works on canvas. Whereas it is uncommon for two of my paintings on canvas to share the same paint, it is very common for me to share the same paint from a canvas across several works on paper, or for a color developed on paper to find its way to a canvas.
Since 2000 I have regularly used the 19 x 14 cm (7.5 x 5.5 inch) format on paper. I call everything I make on paper this size a drawing, even though they share the identical media as other works. “Drawing” has become for me a mindset more than a product. My drawing mindset is both a “recitation of mantras” via techniques and compositional strategies, like a musician practicing scales, as well as a format for complete improvisation.

Short biography Douglas Witmer:
Witmer’s work has been exhibited internationally. Venues include The Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts, Tiger Strikes Asteroid (Philadelphia), Hemphill Fine Arts (Washington DC), Sydney Non-Objective (Australia), ParisCONCRET (France), Gray Contemporary (Houston), Galerie Biesenbach (Germany), The Painting Center (NYC), MoMA PS1, and numerous others. Witmer holds a B.A. from Goshen College and an M.F.A. from The Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts. He lives and works in Philadelphia.


More about Douglas Witmer here.

27.2. – 10.4.2021

Viewing Room




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