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Joey Schmidt-Muller is an active member of the german avantgarde scene.
member of visarte, the visual art association, switzerland

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ON EXHIBITION

Now nominated for the second time as a finalist in the 2019 International Artist Award (IAC) of Taipei, Taiwan.

The selected works of art will be exhibited in preview shows in the Taipei galleries and at the "ART REVOLUTION TAIPEI 2019" from April 25 to April 29, 2019.

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ABOUT ME

Joey Schmidt-Muller is an active member of the German avantgarde scene. Moving from Later Surrealism and the New Objectivity, Joey Schmidt-Muller joined the already established Vienna School of the Fantastic Realism and then underwent to a longer phase of experimentation with various painting technique until the first drawings in an old master, multi-layered painting technique.

The confrontation with social criticism led to Joey’s new style, “Traumatic Realism”, as a development of the New Objectivity of 1933. Pain, torture, nightmares and fears scream at us in creatures dancing and fighting, diving and flying who are intended to arouse our level of consciousness and lead us from our condition of prisoners to self-liberation.

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BIOGRAPHY

Artistic education:
1965 - 1966 Preliminary Course, School of Design and Art Basel, Switzerland
1966 - 1970 Graphics & Printing Technology, Basel, Switzerland
1970 - 1971 Graphic arts education, Zurich, Switzerland
1971 - 1972 Training Graphic, Cape Town, South Africa
1973 - 1974
Basel School of Applied Arts, Basel, Switzerland

Until 1986 he signed his work's under the pseudonym "Josua"

1990 - 1991 Art Lesson in Aboriginal Symbols, Dot Painting & Patterning, Sydney, Australia

In the years 1965 to 1986, he maintained numerous contact's with other artists from the Basel art scene, which influenced his early work, including Jean Tinguely (1925-1991) Paris and Basel, Irène Zurkinden, Paris and Basel (1909-1987), Joseph Duvanel, Basel (1933-1993), Fred Spillmann, fashion designer, Paris and Basel (1915-1986) and Kurt Farner, Basel (1932-1977).

Art Lessons by Franz Fedier (1922-2005), German-Swiss painter of abstract painting, radical avant-gardist and head of the painting class at the Basel School of Applied Arts.
Art Lessons by Gustav Stettler, painter (1913-2005) & Andreas His, painter (1928-2011) at the Basel School of Applied Arts.

The artworks of Joey Schmidt-Muller (
pseudonym "Josua" until 1986)  are located in various art collections in Switzerland, Germany & Israel. Endress & Hauser art collection, Germany. The Ernesto Schmidt art collection, Switzerland and in the Carl Laszlo art collection in Hungary.

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TECHNIQUE
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EXPERTISE

THE UNLOCKED PROMETHEUS

Paraphrases to pictures by Joey Schmidt-Muller on the occasion of the exhibition - the art spectacle - or the eternal search for the meaning of life

Art has no theme.
Or all topics at once. She deals with herself. She circles around her own possibilities and reaches her own limits. Art is a playing child (not just the artist). Shapes and colors, prisms and perspectives rest in their wonderful peculiarity and their autonomy. They search, they push off. They dance and fight, dive and fly. They do not care about us. And yet: The picture, which is framed and adjusted with a spirit level, hanging on the wall, is lonely. It suffers. It waits for the observer, for the opposite, the eye-lover, for the encounter of the picture with the gaze of the one who not only sees, but in the best case can "look".
Of course, art also has "themes", subjects, concrete starting points and anchor points on which the image mounts itself and us. What we see here is more concrete than we can be. Art maps the self - not the "me". The absence of man in the so-called "abstract" art is also a statement about the human. Art thus seeks the "higher ego" beyond the mirror and subjective self-reflection. It is the medium of transformation. The way of salvation. The only way for the artist. And the rescue remains uncertain.

Which topics do we encounter in the pictures of Joey Schmidt-Muller? The senses. The sensuality. The pain. The joy. The desire. The madness. The wait. The prisoner. The self-liberation. The mute. The screaming. The "eternal search for the meaning of life" hinted at in the exhibition title implies our agreement that we will not find the "meaning". At least not as a one-dimensional answer that would have dealt with all other questions. If the veil were completely aired - we would not stand it!

Joey Schmidt-Muller finds his way to the meaning and to his view of the world in his own pain experiences. His mythological counterpart is the bound Prometheus, the rebel forged by Zeus on the rocks of the Caucasus, who brought fire to mankind (and thus to civilization). He should pay for that! Every day an eagle comes and eats on his liver (his life!). Every night the wound grows up again. The gods are not fair. They are moody, sadistic, brutal. They raise and destroy. Case by case decisions made by senior employees, moires. Fateful. Arbitrariness.

But at least freestyle.

Joey Schmidt-Muller's pictures are an impertinence.
What else could be a compliment? The pain, the torture, the nightmares and fears that scream at us in these tormented creatures trigger something in us. Solve anything at all. The enduring of this imposition leads to a surprising encouragement. In this sense, Joey Schmidt-Muller is also an escape artist. "Man is free, and if he were born in chains," says Schiller ... Prometheus unchained. But we always pay a price for freedom. The price of self-responsibility. The bodies and figures in Joey Schmidt-Muller's paintings and drawings can not be bypassed on this Caucasian boulder.

The unleashed Prometheus dragging his chain through the world clattering. She rattles, clinks.

Can you hear it?

Text by Wernfried Hübschmann, Dichter & Essayist

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AWARDS

Now nominated for the second time as a finalist in the 2019 International Artist Award (IAC) of Taipei, Taiwan.

Nominated for the 2018 International Artist Grand Prize of Taipei, Taiwan

Finalist Certificate Artist of the Year Award & Grant, Circle Foundation of Art Contest 2018

Finalist Certificate Spectrum Miami Art Fair 2018

Finalist Certificate - Joey Schmidt-Muller Artavita’s 29th online art contest 2018

Finalist nominated for the 2018 Palm Art Award, Germany. Certificate of Excellence

 

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PAST EXHIBITIONS

participation: ART BASEL, Switzerland

ART FAIR BERLINER LISTE, Germany. ARTDESIGN FELDKIRCH, Austria. ART FAIR SPECTRUM MIAMI, USA. ART REVOLUTION TAIPEI, Taiwan - Finalist 2018. CHAN LIU ART MUSEUM, Taipei, Taiwan. KETTENSCHMIEDE MUSEUM & KULTURSCHMIEDE, Germany. XI. BIENNALE FLORENZ, Italy. XVII. ART INTERNATIONAL ZURICH, Switzerland. XVIII. ART PALM BEACH, USA. ARTEXPO NEW YORK, USA. ART FAIR KUNSTMESSE FRANKFURT, Germany.

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PUBLICATIONS

2019  Magazine "atelierspuren", DE 

2018  "CHAN LIU ART Museum MONTHLY", Magazine

2018 "ART REVOLUTION TAIPEI", KATALOG

2018 Art Lingen Katalog, DE

2018 Featured Artist Joey Schmidt-Muller at Artsy Shark 

https://www.artsyshark.com/2018/10/16/featured-artist-joey-schmidt-muller/

2018 Lippe Journal, Zeitung für das Ruhrgebiet & Münsterland

2018  Onlinemagazin "KamenWeb.de"

2018 "Art Kamen" Katalog, DE

2018 "Circle Quarterly Art Review", (Spring) Magazine

2018  "Goya Katalog" der Künstlergruppe REFLEX, DE

2018  "Goya Video" mit der Künstlergruppe REFLEX, DE

2017  Kunstzeitschrift, "112 INSIDE ART Magazine" - Special Issue “Talent Prize 2017

2017  "Goya" Katalog, Privat Press

2017  11hellheaven

2017  Katalog XIth. Biennale Florenz, IT

2017  Katalog 1. Biennale Pratteln, CH

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2016  Katalog Art Kamen", DE

2016  Katalog "ArtPul Spot", Eupen, Belgien

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2015  Art Magazin Biancosuro

2015  Katalog "100x200", Galerie Kerstan, Backnang, DE

2015  Berlin Art Week 2015

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2015  Katalog "Berlinerliste 2015"

2015  Katalog "ARTe-Preview", Berliner Liste 2015

2015  Kunstzeitschrift "Kunst & Auktionen" Juni Ausgabe Nr.10

2015  Video Trailer: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2QrDzBf9Hao (Rhy Art Fair Basel)

2015  Video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=F9QGfknlQcI (Joey Schmidt-Muller Ein Künstlerportrait)

2015  Video Trailer Rhy Art Fair Basel: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jsTDLia_BA4&feature=youtu.be

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2015  Katalog "ArtPul", Pulheim, DE

2015  Journal "Nr.2", IBC Überlingen, DE

2015  Katalog "KUNST MESSE FRANKFURT 15"     

2015  Katalog "HAPPY BIRTHDAY 100x100", Galerie Kerstan, Backnang, DE

2014  The "10Artists4US" Tour Book, Miami, Palm Beach, New York

2014  Katalog "ArtDesign Feldkirch"

2014  Katalog "Seestrassengalerie Radolfzell", DE

2014  Journal "Nr.3", IBC Überlingen, DE

2014  Katalog "Berlinerliste"

2014  Wochenzeitung der Freitag, Abteilung Kultur Berlin

2012 Katalog "Traumatische Sachlichkeit", Galerie Haus zum Wolf, Basel, CH

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