SEONA SOMMER

SEONA SOMMER

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Portrait Artist

Seona Sommer is a predominantly self taught artist from Germany based in Cologne. She has attended workshops with hyperrealist artists Dirk Dzimirsky (Germany), Eloy Morales (Spain), and Eric Pouillet (France).

DISCOVER EMOTIONS. During the myriads of brief and transitory moments in our daily lives, we lose touch with our senses to catch communicative messages, including non-verbal ones. This is true for both familiar and (apparently) unfamiliar encounters. Feelings and emotions often get easily lost and we constantly look for their manifestation in order to keep our soul alive. I wish to capture those moments and nurse emotions by lingering in front of the portrayed figure. I aim to comprehend and appreciate a person’s soul with full compassion. I only paint real existing (or already deceased) people therefore. And I usually choose common people over celebrities as I am generally not interested in fake concepts that mainly nurture unfulfilled dreams rather than nourish natural and realistic ambitions. My working process is rather slow considering that my creative process starts with building up a certain degree of understanding by just dwelling on the reference photo for some time. I do not start unless I can clearly see and feel the finished portrait with my inner eye. The painting or drawing takes some time, too, because I do not believe in quick answers when I try to fully understand an individual.

I have always been fascinated by the diversity of humankind and the the complexity of emotions. I was first inspired when I saw Gerhard Richter’s painting „Die Lesende“ (or „Reader“ in English) at San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, that did not only show a portrayed woman but conveyed a fully emotional experience to me. Later I became interested in modern hyperrealists like Dirk Dzimirsky (Germany) and Eloy Morales (Spain). In my artwork I try to combine techniques used in realism and hyperrealism with expressing my positive feelings about the person I spend so many hours with in my studio. I call my work emotional realism therefore.

Career

Seona Sommer has exhibited all over Germany and some other European countries. Her works have been published in magazines & anthologies internationally. In 2019 she received the audience award at Grand Salon, a curated international exhibition in Germany.

The artist runs her own private art school and teaches small groups and individuals. She also manages her own art blog, in which she regularly writes about art related topics and features other artists from all over the world.

Portrait Artist

Emotional Realism – German Portrait Artist Seona Sommer Encourages to Discover Emotions

During the myriads of brief and transitory moments in our daily lives, we lose touch with our senses and often fail to catch communicative messages. I wish to capture those moments and nurse emotions in people when lingering in front of the portrayed figure. I aim to comprehend and appreciate a person’s soul with full compassion. I only paint real existing people. And I usually choose common people over celebrities as I am generally not interested in fake life concepts.

My working process is rather slow considering that my creative process starts with building up a certain degree of understanding by just dwelling on the reference photo for some time. I do not start unless I can clearly see and feel the finished portrait within myself. The painting or drawing takes time, too, because I do not believe in quick answers when I try to fully comprehend an individual.

In my artwork, I try to combine techniques used in realism and hyperrealism with my usually positive feelings about the person that I spend so many hours with in my studio. The result on the canvas always mirrors the perception of what I feel when dwelling on the reference photo. I call my work emotional realism therefore.

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Tanja 3 (Private Collection)

 55 x 55 cm . Soft Pastels on Pastelmat®

Career

Seona Sommer has exhibited all over Germany and some other European countries. Her works have been published in magazines & anthologies internationally. In 2019 she received the audience award at Grand Salon, a curated international exhibition in Germany.

The artist runs her own private art school and teaches small groups and individuals. She also manages her own art blog, in which she regularly writes about art related topics and features other artists from all over the world.

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Tanja 3 (Private Collection)

 55 x 55 cm . Soft Pastels on Pastelmat®

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Discover the collection of Seona Sommer, is a predominantly self taught artist from Germany based in Cologne.

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