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Berlin artist Ute Rathmann is internationally revered for her drawings of the human form. Inspired by classic artists such as Edgar Degas, Gustav Klimt and Francisco Goya, Rathmann uses life models to explore the human body and its relationship to clothes, costume and fabric. As a selection of Rathmann’s work has just been added to the URBANARA art range, we caught up with Ute to chat about her background and inspirations.

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YOU CREATE YOUR ARTWORK FROM A HOME STUDIO IN BERLIN. DOES THIS LOCATION INFORM YOUR ART, AND IF SO, HOW?

Berlin is an exciting city and I really enjoy living here. I studied in Berlin and over the years have developed my personal style here. Plus, the special atmosphere of the city has of course contributed, along with the many other artists I have met and collaborated closely with.

MANY OF YOUR WORKS APPEAR TEXTURAL, EVOKING A SENSE OF HAUTE COUTURE ILLUSTRATION. WHAT ROLE DOES TEXTURE, COLOUR AND PATTERN HAVE IN YOUR WORK?

Clothing plays an extremely important role in my artistic work. I am a trained menswear tailor, having studied fashion design at Weissensee School of Art. But it took me several years before I realized that fashion, or rather clothing, costume and disguise, all make up the artistic motif that I try to capture in drawing. Fabrics, colours and patterns particularly fascinate me when they are associated with the human body. Ultimately, the clothed man is always the source of my inspiration.

YOU COUNT THE "OLD MASTERS" SUCH AS KLIMT, SCHIELE, TOULOUSE-LAUTREC AND GOYA AMONG YOUR SOURCES OF INSPIRATION. WHO AND / OR WHAT ELSE INFLUENCES YOUR WORK - MORE SPECIFICALLY, YOUR LATEST WORKS FEATURED IN THE URBANARA COLLECTION?

All the work that is featured in my URBANARA collection was directly inspired by life models. I have always been influenced by the organic forms of the human body. For example, the beauty of the lines of a hand or randomness of drapery or colour tones and contrasts.

AS A WORKING ARTIST, WHAT DOES A TYPICAL DAY LOOK LIKE FOR YOU?

I work three to four days a week as a lecturer in fashion design and on the other days I work in my studio at home. It is quite dependent on daylight though - In the summer I can draw for longer but in winter only up to around 3 p.m., after which the lighting conditions aren’t right. It can be quite frustrating as I’m sometimes forced to abort my work. I always work on several things at once as I often have to wait until something is dried. During intense phases of work, I go into hiding and don’t meet friends or even answer the phone! I need to able to concentrate and so can get quite irritated with distractions. Though I also have week-long phases when I do little to no artistic work at all.

WHEN YOU CREATE AN ARTWORK, WHAT IS IT YOU WANT THE VIEWER TO FEEL UPON LOOKING AT YOUR WORK?

Most importantly for me, though unfortunately it is difficult to achieve, is that my work gives off something that generates feelings of fascination in the viewer. My art should inspire the viewer but also leave enough space for their own imagination. I want to create beauty that resonates with other people and that they derive enjoyment from.

WHAT DO YOU LOOK FOR WHEN IT COMES TO CHOOSING ART FOR YOUR OWN HOME?

I actually don’t have much hanging on my walls at home, just a few of my own pieces and an amazing illustration that my former professor Christine Perthen did, shortly before her death. She was an important person to me and has influenced me a lot.



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"This week’s show at Pop-up Art Gallery Berlinfeatures new work by Ute Rathmann, one of Germany’s hottest artists. 

Ute comes from a small village near Hamburg with a population of about 50 people. She began drawing as a child and has since always been improving her skills and developing her own style. After finishing school in Lübeck she proceeded to do an apprenticeship for three years in men’s tailoring.

In 1997 Ute moved to Berlin in order to study fashion at the Kunsthochschule Berlin Weissensee where she is currently a teacher. Throughout school Ute came to realize that she was more interested in drawing, her professors helped her to improve her drawing skills. The support she got from her professors to help her find her passion is part of the reason why she now really enjoys teaching where she is able to help her students find their way and fine tune their particular skills. 

With help from her teachers Ute found a way in which she could express her interest in fashion, but in her own style; which combines her passion for the human figure in relation to clothes and fabric.

Although it was a long process filled with perseverance and experimentation to find her style, Ute has now been doing her very recognizable and beautiful collages for five years. 

Her work sits on the median between visual art and fashion design. She has created her own unique way of looking at fashion as well as drawing and collage, and has managed to pull together the three mediums in order to define her work.

Ute’s collages have been a long time in the making; her process for creating the collages requires a lot of repurposing of drawing from the past that she no longer likes. She begins with her massive portfolio of drawings from the past, which she tears apart, and uses again. She attends life-drawing sessions and draws on top of the old work to create something new. She places these two pieces together like a puzzle. Additionally she uses different types of colored and printed-paper to create the clothes that the figures wear in the collage.

Ute’s work began gaining popularity when she started an Etsy account, three days after creating her portfolio she sold a 400 Euro piece to a buyer in the States. Etsy was a good experience for Ute as she felt the community was very supportive and gave her the confidence to put her work up in different places. Ute next signed up to Saatchi Online Gallery and after about ten months she forgot about her account until someone bought four works. Following this sale the Online Gallery executive curator contacted her inviting her to be their featured artist, this lead to the sale of more than 30 works across the globe. 

Pop-Up Art Gallery Berlin was lucky enough to have discovered Ute’s work, and upon contacting her she immediately agreed to take part in one of our February shows. We are absolutely thrilled to have her as a part of the community and we are delighted to continue to help her work reach a larger audience, and remind her that the world truly enjoys her creations."





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