Georg Scheele’s sculptures feature flowing forms that shape a deliberate gesture from a spontaneous impulse – ideally encompassing all dimensions, the emotional, the intellectual, and the spiritual. The German and Portugal-based artist specializes in sculpting with marble and bronze.
Georg Scheele was born 1961. He is trained as a stonemason and began his career crafting marble sculptures over 40 years ago.
Coming from Germany, Georg Scheele chose to isolate himself at Algarve, Monchique to develop his own sculptural language. An encounter with the abstract forms through Henri Moore’s pieces displayed in an Italian marble quarry were the initial ignition. In his Monchique atelier, Georg, an excellent craftsman, began experimenting with abstract figures. In his hands were born organic forms in communion with the landscape that surrounded him. Unusual forms, intertwined paths and loops of white or pink marble emerged from the forest.
The fact that he takes his orientation, particularly in the beginnings of his career, from predecessors and role models is absolutely part of this: in 1984, at the age of 23, Georg Scheele spent half a year in the famous marble quarries of Carrara, and a key moment for him was the visit to the workshop which Henry Moore kept there. The exhibited models animated Scheele to continue exploring the possibilities of an abstract form language.
His first works, which were created during that phase, were still half figurative, half abstract in their characteristics. Only later in the 1990s, when George Scheele emigrated to Portugal, his dealing with the form finally leads to a complete abstraction.
As other key figures who have influenced his artistic self-understanding, Georg Scheele names the Russian Constructivist Naum Gabo (1890-1977) and his brother Antoine Pevsner (1884-1962). Both were founding members of the artistic movement “Abstraction-Creation” in Paris in 1931.
The first major solo exhibition in the year 1998, in one of the best galleries in Portugal, at the Galeria Centro Cultural de Sao Lorenco opened him finally the door to a promising career.
What drives Georg Scheele is the philosophical question of all questions: “Who am I”, which leads him to the inner exploration of what is constantly changing and what remains when everything we believe we are and what the world consists of has disappeared. His sculptures express the essence and joy of what has been found and experienced, his own being which is reflected in all purity and clarity in the form.