My work in painting is informed by my experience of moving countries: I am interested in human relationships to spaces in general and the notions of home and belonging in particular.
In my paintings of domestic and public interiors, I use reductive paint application and flat blocks of colour to express a sense of both alienation and comfort. My compositions are devoid of people, which at first glance might seem impersonal; still, I aim to suggest a sense of intimacy through a muted and potentially seductive colour palette. This methodical approach to formal elements lets up through touch: my hand trembles where colour blocks meet, forming gently wavering lines throughout the paintings and thus establishing a human presence in them. I want always to make paintings that are affecting and alive.
Zsófia Schwéger (b. 1989, Szeged) is a Hungarian artist currently based in London. Following her upbringing in Szeged and Budapest in Hungary, Zsófia lived in the United States for 5 years and studied at Wellesley College in the Boston area. She moved to London in 2013 and attended the Slade School of Fine Art, graduating with an MA in 2015.
Zsófia was selected for Bloomberg New Contemporaries 2016 and Forbes 30 Under 30 Europe 2017. She has been supported by several generous prizes, including the Jealous Prize, Griffin Art Prize, the Alice C. Cole Award, and the ‘One To Watch’ Award. Her selected group shows include New Contemporaries at the ICA and the Bluecoat, the Esterhazy Art Award shortlist exhibition at Hungary’s Ludwig Museum, and the Royal Academy Summer Exhibition.
Since her first solo exhibition at Griffin Gallery in London in 2016, she has had solo shows at Edel Assanti (London), Sapar Contemporary (New York), Lundgren Gallery (Palma), and Inda Gallery (Budapest).