Thomas Kaemmerer’s works confuse the viewer’s perception, since at first glance they appear to be photographs. On closer inspection, however, they reveal themselves to be paintings and the artist demonstrates virtuosity in the use of brush and palette. Kaemmerer’s interest lies in the reproduction of different materialities. With a pronounced attention to detail, Kaemmerer brings architectural subjects to the canvas – industrial plants, house facades and streets of European cities – technical devices or carefully composed still lifes with striped tablecloths, glass bowls and vases, pieces of jewelry, silver pots and cutlery. The paintings are based on a careful, intensive working process. Kaemmerer meticulously reproduces colours, surface textures and reflections, making the objects depicted come to life.
Born in Berlin in 1965, Thomas Kaemmerer studied free painting and graphics at the Berliner Hochschule der Künster from 1986 to 1993 and was a master student of Klaus Fussmann. During his studies he worked as a stage painter, among other things at the Hamburg State Opera and the Theaterhaus Stuttgart. His artistic work was supported by scholarships from the Eduard Bargheer Foundation (1994) and the Else-Heiliger Foundation (1998). Kaemmerer lives and works in Berlin.