Paula Kamps was born in Cologne, Germany in 1990. She now lives and works in Chicago, United States.
Paula Kamps studied at the Kunstakademie Düsseldorf with Tomma Abts and graduated in the class of Elizabeth Peyton.
Kamps’ work has been presented in numerous solo exhibitions, including: SHOOT THE MOON, MINE PROJECT, Hong Kong (2022); Rain or Shine, M. LeBlanc, Chicago (2021); At The Pawn Shop, sans titre (2016), Paris (2020); Ganze Tage in den Bäumen, Kunstverein Heppenheim, Heppenheim (2019); Transit papers - Aftermath of an ideal’s removal, Spazio Nea, Naples (2018)
Her work has also been shown in selected group exhibitions, including: She Came To Stay, Andrea Festa Fine Art, Rome (2021); Desire/Delivery, M. LeBlanc, Chicago (2020); Desire/Delivery, June, Berlin (2019); Think in Pictures, curated by John Newsom, New York (2019); Ich liebe Dich geh weg, with Angela Mewes & Katharina Schilling, Potsdamer 103, Berlin (2018); A solo show on planet earth, with André Butzer & Josef Zekoff, Sunday-S, Copenhagen (2018)
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Paula Kamps transports into moments and scenes of daily life, somewhere between memory and imagination. In her work, she explores mediums that are considered outside of traditional painting. She developed a technique in between watercolour and drawing, where she scatters large swathes of ink onto the canvas. These take the form of “stains”, as André Butzer describes them and reveal feelings, figures and objects.