Paula Kamps

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.

Works from this artist






  • Slackers

    Paula Kamps

  • Locales of The Past

    Paula Kamps

  • Hedge My Bets

    Paula Kamps

  • Recovering the satellite

    Paula Kamps

  • French Fries

    Paula Kamps

  • Thread Game

    Paula Kamps

  • Bike trip

    Paula Kamps

  • Study for Double-Out

    Paula Kamps

  • Hiatus

    Paula Kamps


Paula Kamps was born in Cologne, Germany in 1990. She now lives and works in Chicago, United States.


Paula Kamps’ work is part of public collections worldwide. These include the X MUSEUM (Beijing).


Kamps studied at the Kunstakademie Düsseldorf with Tomma Abts and graduated in the class of Elizabeth Peyton.


Her work has been featured in exhibitions at Good Weather (North Little Rock), eastcontemporary (Milan), Mine Project (Hong Kong), NÉVÉ (Los Angeles), M.LeBlanc at Alan Koppel (Glenco), M. LeBlanc (Chicago), Sans titre (2016) (Paris), Andrea Festa Fine Art (Rome), Sans titre (2016) (Mexico City), Kunstverein Heppenheim, Buchhandlung Walter König (Düsseldorf), Spazio Nea (Naples), Kunstverein Reutlingen, Sunday-S (Copenhagen), Kunsthaus Mettmann, Kunstverein Emmerich, Lille Carl (Copenhagen) and the Cappella di Incoronazione (Palermo).

In the studio