Simon Schubert


Foley Gallery

59 Orchard Street, New York, NY 10002

Born 1976 in Germany

Simon Schubert works with crisp white paper that he carefully works by folding and creasing. There is no color.  No evidence of ink or graphite, because there was none to begin with. 

The details in Schubert’s interiors are inspired by the late 19th century Danish painter, Vilhelm Hammershoi.  In his paintings, Hammershoi employed low-key tones of neutral grays to create a somber, more relaxed interior environment.  Schubert works with similar tonalities, focusing on the scenes incoming natural window light and the shadows that play on his paper floors and walls.

Schubert, who mentions authors Samuel Beckett and Edgar Allan Poe as his biggest influences, raises the most existential and fundamental questions. We step into these interiors both meditative and haunting, embracing their elegance while searching for meaning and our place in the world.Simon Schubert graduated from the academy of Fine Arts Kunstakademie Düsseldorf, studying sculpture under the direction of Professor Irmin Kamp.

Simon Schubert, Untitled (Light in Hallway with Mirrors), 2015, folded paper, 50 x 70 cm
Simon Schubert, Untitled (Light in Room with Piano), 2014, folded paper, 70 x 100 cm
Simon Schubert, Untitled (Light in Staircase), 2010, 100 x 70 cm
Simon Schubert, Untitled (Light in Hall 2), 2015, folded paper, 42 x 29.5 cm
Simon Schubert, Untitled (Light in Staircase), 2014, folded paper, 100 x 70 cm