Thomas Prochnow

1978 · Germany

Artist biography

Thomas Prochnow is seen as an established mid-career contemporary artist, who was born in Germany, like other renowned artists such as Thomas Kiesewetter, Karen Linnenkohl, Katrin Hoffert, Christine Moldrickx, and Georg Thanner. Thomas Prochnow was born in 1978.

About Thomas Prochnow's works

Thomas Prochnow is known for working in the fields of Figuration and Design work. Figurative art can merely be understood as art that involves strong references to the real world, or to the human figure. Often considered as the polar opposite of Abstraction, figurative art can nonetheless remain incredibly stimulating and ground-breaking, since it involves a multitude number of opportunities to depict the chosen object or figure. The variety of style in figurative art is immense, and spans across Paul Cézanne’s bathers to Jean-Michel Basquiat’s neo-expressionist paintings.

What separates art from design has been a longstanding debate, the lines are blurred. The classical notion of design used to be anchored in the Decorative Arts, but later on branched itself into a variety of categories such as graphic design, fashion design, or industrial design. The Arts and Crafts Movement and The Bauhaus were extremely influential movements that aimed for a unification of true artistic creativity with the manufacturing of objects.


Thomas Prochnow's work has most recently been exhibited at Semjon Contemporary in Berlin (07 February 2020 until 13 March 2020) with the exhibition collAge. Thomas Prochnow's other most recent exhibitions listed on Artland include the exhibitions; Thomas Prochnow: Edit_White & Dirk Rathke: Curves | 2 Solo Shows (01 November 2019 - 06 December 2019) at Semjon Contemporary in Berlin and 48 hrs (23 May 2019 - 25 May 2019) at Semjon Contemporary in Berlin.

Thomas Prochnow has five works for sale at the moment available on Artland.

Further Biographical Context for Thomas Prochnow

Born in 1978, Thomas Prochnow was largely inspired by the 1990s. In the United Kingdom, a collective of artists known as the YBAs, or Young British Artists, dominated the artistic culture of the decade. They were a loosely affiliated and diverse group, connected generally by their age and nationality. A number of the members had attended the Royal College of Art and Goldsmiths in London, and were favoured by Charles Saatchi, the ‘super collector’ of art at the time. The most well-known member of the group is arguably Damien Hirst, and other members included Chris Ofili, Tracey Emin, Marc Quinn, Gavin Turk, Sarah Lucas and Sam Taylor-Johnson (née Sam Taylor-Wood). Through their use of shock tactics and sensationalism, the YBAs gained a controversial reputation image which was further fuelled by their use of throwaway materials, wild lifestyles and an attitude that was at the same time rebellious and entrepreneurial. The group was predominant in the British art scene in the 1990s and their group show ‘Sensation’ is now viewed as legendary. German artists and ideas strongly influenced trends in conceptual photography during this period. German artists such as Andreas Gursky, Thomas Struth, and Wolfgang Tillmans gained international recognition, and inspired international artists such as the Canadian Jeff Wall, who created images with a cinematic expressiveness that were inspired by the themes present in the German artists’ work. At the same time, Albert Oehlen and Martin Kippenberger gained influential status in the field of painting.

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