Committed to the social and political movements of our global society in general, Charlotte Schleiffert (1967, Tilburg, the Netherlands) has no intention to compromise or subdue the stories and situations that her paintings refer to, sometimes literally summarized on the canvas with handwritten text. Crude themes are addressed with dynamic brush strokes, life size figures poised with a striking elegance. Abstraction and figuration seem impulsively composed, using a broad combination of media treatment (oil, acrylic, egg tempera, pastel, foil…). With bursting colour Schleiffert depicts the opposition between poverty and wealth, the friction between religions, the immeasurable impact of both male and female rape-strangely glamorous and heart wrenching at once. Throughout all paintings the underlying desperation for love, protection and luxury is both hopeful and unsettling.
Green woman with man, 2018, mixed materials on canvas, 140 x 220 cm (photo: Wytske van Keulen)
Charlotte Schleiffert was trained at Ateliers ’63 in Haarlem (1990-1992), and was awarded the Prix de Rome in 1999 (first prize). She completed various residencies in China (CEAC, 2003), Germany (Kunstlerhaus Bethanien, 2007-8), France (Atelier Holsboer, 2012) and Indonesia (Cemeti Arthouse, 2013). She had numerous solo exhibitions at AKINCI, Amsterdam, several shows at Annie Gentils Gallery, Antwerp, and exhibited a.o. at Heden, The Hague (2013); Barbara Gross Gallery, Munich (2013); Museum Het Domein, Sittard (2011); Pictura, Dordrecht (2011); Kunstverein Glückstadt, Germany (2006), Museum Boijmans van Beuningen, Rotterdam (2004), Muka, Auckland (2003); Chinese European Art Centre, Xiamen (2003) and Pickled Art Centre, Beijing (2003). She participated in group exhibitions at Stedelijk Museum Schiedam (2013); Cité Internationale des Arts (2012); De Paviljoens, Almere (2012); Centraal Museum Utrecht (2010); ‘Rebelle’, Museum voor Moderne Kunst, Arnhem (2009); Cultural Center Montehermoso (2008) and several times at the Stedelijk Museum Amsterdam. Her works are in many private and public collections, a.o. Stedelijk Museum Amsterdam, Museum Boijmans van Beuningen, Rotterdam, Stedelijk Museum Schiedam, Museum Het Domein, Sittard, Museum of Modern Art Arnhem, Foundation Endowment De Buitenplaats, Eelde (NL) etc. Schleiffert is one of the selected artists filmed for the ongoing series ‘Dutch Masters of the 21st Century’. She lives and works in Rotterdam, The Netherlands.