Heidrun Rathgeb was born in 1967 in southern Germany. She studied painting in London at the Slade School of Fine Art (1996-99) and the Byam Shaw School of Art (1993-96). Since 2001 she has lived with her family in a remote farmhouse close to Lake Constance and the Alps. Nordic Lights is the artist’s first solo exhibition.
‘Most of these small panel paintings were made without thinking they would ever be shown. They came together from different sources of inspiration – my children, our home in rural Southern Germany, as well as several artist’s residencies since 2018 in Norway, Denmark and the Isle of Lewis in Scotland. The long hours of dusk and dawn, the mellow colours and light casting long shadows, the wild untouched nature keeps drawing me to northern countries but also to the alps, the dark woodlands and moonlit nights at home.’ Heidrun Rathgeb