Johanna Dumet is an impulsive painter. The result is a fascinating use of colour, figuration and abstract form. Instead of homing in on details, she depicts what she sees, possessing the capacity to grasp the subject without trying to correct shapes via colours. Dumet mostly paints with oil on canvas, but also uses other techniques such as gouache-painted paper glued to the canvas.
The Old Masters vied constantly to produce the most naturalistic representations, and the Impressionists later reinterpreted the genre to show there are other, quite different ways of doing it too – but in 2021, it seems, there’s little anyone can add to the subject of still life – except for a sense of the moment. And that’s what Johanna Dumet does, with great verve and an elegant lightness of touch. Her motifs, such as food, animals, landscapes, and portraits, are contemporary but timeless. She specialises in creating still-life pictures of fruits, dinners and tableware as they might have been painted in the Middle Ages.
Johanna Dumet was born in the wildest region of France called La Creuse.
Johanna Dumet worked as a cook and baker for four years in a restaurant in Berlin.
Johanna Dumet has around 25 tattoos.
Johanna Dumet has a smartphone since 2021, before that she had a “dealer phone”.
Johanna Dumet enjoys watching cooking shows while painting.
Johanna Dumet only wears second hand clothes.
Johanna Dumet would love to buy a house by the sea and have donkeys and camels.
Johanna Dumet watches TATORT every Sunday.
Johanna Dumet’s favourite German word is “geil” because there is no translation for it.
Johanna Dumet was acting at Volksbühne in 2018, alongside Helmut Berger.
Dumet is part of MISA DISCOVERIES, a format that presents twenty artists from a new generation. The group exhibition at St. Agnes in Berlin consists of individual presentations that have been shaped by the social, cultural and political change of recent years. In each booth, visitors get a deeper insight into the specific work methods and visual language of the young generation of artists. MISA DISCOVERIES offers the chance to discover courageous artistic positions that will have a decisive influence on the art market in the years to come.
Please click HERE to browse through the available works by Johanna Dumet that are on view at ST. AGNES as part of MISA DISCOVERIES until 19 September 2021.
Johanna Dumet photographed by Manuel Wroblewski
Johanna Dumet, Le petit rouge II, 2020
Johanna Dumet, Le petite eau de vie, 2020
Johanna Dumet, Le petit café au lait, 2020