Rita Wobbe was born and raised in Germany and studied Fine Art at Muenster University. Having moved to Ireland in 1988, she attended an MA programme at Limerick School of Art and Design. Rita is a practising artist and has exhibited in Ireland, Spain, Germany, the Netherlands
Rita also holds abstract painting workshops at her purpose built studio near Kinvara and currently divides her time working in Ireland and Lanzarote.
‘It is my intention to use this website in order to provide you with up-to-date information on current work, upcoming exhibitions and workshops, and in addition to providing more day to day happenings on my blog’.
‘Over the past 20 years I did a lot of abstract paintings. The world of abstract painting interested me because it used to be such a male domain in the past. There was also my German up-bringing and art historical movements such as the Bauhaus era and German Expressionism (later American Expressionism) that caught my attension as a student.
A search for identity and finding a position in all of this has been my concern. My abstract paintings were often a very free exploration of colour, form and texture based on natural phenomena. In my mind large, colourful abstractions represented a sense of freedom and space, a ‘touch of wildness’ that needed to be expressed, physically and emotionally. The forms were organic and suited a female understanding of life. So did the colour scheme with rich pinks, oranges, reds, turquoise and cobalt blue.
The new work is figurative and came as a surprise. At some stage I had started to draw female figures on paper. I was just playing with ideas of relationships, triggered off by workshops in family constallation. During the winter months of 2013 I continued exploring my relationship to myself as a woman. A sequence of 7 small paintings, entitled ‘Sense of Self’, developed and were leading to the current body of work. Different stages in a woman’s life were/are at the centre of exploration.’