Art & the Artist

Svenja Deininger: Painting Stories

There’s more to Svenja Deininger’s pristine compositions than meets the eye, as the Viennese artist explains the underlying narrative depth to her works

“My work can be like a sentence,” says Svenja Deininger. “It is about combining single paintings in a space like there are single words in a sentence, and finally a story.” 

Svenja Deininger. Untitled, 2012. Oil on canvas: 50 x 40 cm. Copyright Svenja Deininger
Svenja Deininger. Untitled, 2012. Oil on canvas: 50 x 40 cm. Copyright Svenja Deininger

Google the Viennese artist (born in 1974) and you’ll find key phrases such as “form and color”, “primary abstraction”, and “focus on materials”. Deininger talks of “working in layers… repainting and uncovering,” and often begins a painting with several different base coats, building strata of semi-translucent whites and subtle grays, blues, and greens.


Svenja Deininger. Untitled, 2012. Oil on canvas: 50 x 40 cm . Copyright Svenja Deininger

Svenja Deininger. Untitled, 2014. Oil on canvas: 27.9 x 21.6 cm. Copyright Svenja Deininger
There’s more to Svenja Deininger’s pristine compositions than meets the eye, as the Viennese artist explains the underlying narrative depth to her works
Words: Katherine Cowdrey. Artwork images courtesy of the artist and Marianne Boesky Gallery, New York. Copyright Svenja Deininger.