Wiebke Dreyer Biography

Hamburg born emerging German artist Wiebke Dreyer creates luminous and vibrant abstract works, combining elements of light and shadow. Her time spent on the Mediterranean has notably influenced her works. The city of Barcelona inspired her to explore her use of color and to incorporate elements of its striking architecture.

The base of my paintings is a combination of a childhood in Northern Germany with long dark winters and the significant time spent studying in Barcelona, with all the power and impact of Mediterranean light. It was there that I started my work about colour and light.

Travelling to Morocco introduced the use of texture to my artistic practice. Sand and pigments are at the heart of the ?desert paintings? and the following ?earth series?, drawn from the experiences of some time spent in the Sahara desert and afterwards from walks in my local park, whose paths show resemblance to the sandy surfaces of the desert.

Contrasting those natural colours are the artificial and strong colours of my latest ?stage paintings?, inspired by my time as artist in residence of a music festival in Germany and a lot of time at the Royal Opera, London, after a newly discovered passion for opera, especially Wagner.?

SELECTED EXHIBITIONS 2011 - Solo Show, the Islington Art Factory, London

2010 -June & November: Open Studios, The Chocolate Factory N16, London

2010 - Summer Salon, The Islington Arts Factory, London - The Spring Affordable Art Fair London,with Pascal Allouard Contemporary Art Brussels

2009 - The Art of Peace General Exhibit & Arrigo Musti Exhibition, The Dayton International Peace Museum, Ohio

2009 - Collaboration with Sybille Gburek and Trio Voltaire, Madame Lillies, Stoke Newington, London

2009 - ‘Red Line’, Référence Gallerie, Paris

2008 - Tallin Winter Exhibition, Tam Gallery, Tallinn - Salon de l’art abordable with Réference Galerie, Carrousel du Louvre, Paris - Artist in residence during 63. Sommerliche Musiktage Hitzacker, Kaiserhof Galerie, Hitzacker


  • ‘Environments’, an evening of art and live music, Crimes Town, Stoke Newington, London 2006
  • Art & Antiquity Fair, Hotel Lindtner, Hamburg
  • The Islington Contemporary Art Fair, Candids Arts Trust Galleries, London
  • 'Theatre Alive!', Maynard Leigh Gallery, London
  • 'From the Balkan to the Baltics', Bulgarian Embassy, Kensington, London

2005 - Art in Mind, La Viande Gallery, Hoxton, London - 'Challenge the Nail', Salon des Arts, Kensington, London - Group show at Marziart Internationale Galerie, Hamburg.

2004 - Artist in Residence at the Guttler Music Festival, Das Alte Zollhaus, Hitzacker - 'My World', Waterloo Gallery, London - 'Out of the Blue', Art at Five Gallery, Brighton

2003 - 'Fusion', Gallery 47, Bloomsbury, London - Gallery 47, London - Solo show, Central Office of Siemens, Nuremberg

2002 - Solo show, Broomhill Art Hotel, Devon

2000 - Solo show, Innovas Gmbh, Hamburg

1998 - 'The Image of Memory', 9th Barcelona Spring of Photography, The Elizalde House, Barcelona - 'Contacts', Art Gallery of Josep Bages, El Prat de Llobegrat

Artist's Statement

Without light there can be no colour. Everything is defined by colour and into my paintings I pour my passion for colour and light.