Lara Rottinghaus

Biography

Born 1989 in Donaueschingen, Germany. Lives and works in Düsseldorf, Germany

Lara Rottinghaus is a photorealist painter who explores the beauty of everyday life. Rottinghaus makes use of photographs that she usually takes herself, deploying the mimetic ability of photography.

 

At first glance, the works are reminiscent of classical paintings but at a closer look, traces of today's life position the works into the contemporary time frame. Such elements include, the depiction of smartphones, fashionable clothing and a free expression of gender identity. The artist's female gaze deviates from the classical sexualization of the female body as well as the macho image of the male; rather she presents her characters as liberated and empowered individuals.

 

Rottinghaus attempts to cherish life in all its simplicity and give significance to the "small things" such as friendship, comfort, aloneness, and companionship. Without forcing any arguments, she lets her compositions "talk" to the viewer through a kind of storytelling with which, one can easily relate through a personal engagement with the image.

 

Based in Düsseldorf, Lara Rottinghaus received her MFA from the Kunstakademie Düsseldorf a student of Professor Siegfried Anzinger, in 2020. Selected solo and group exhibitions include: Fresh Positions, BBK Kunstforum Flingern, Düsseldorf (2021); Coming to Voice, Graduates of the Dusseldorf Academy, K21 Ständehaus, Düsseldorf (2021); Abschlussausstellung, Kunstakademie, Düsseldorf (2020) and Einhundertsiebzehn, WP8, Düsseldorf (2019).

Works
  • Lara Rottinghaus, Lockdown Frühstück, 2021
    Lara Rottinghaus
    Lockdown Frühstück, 2021
    Oil on linen
    120 x 100 cm
    47 1/4 x 39 3/8 in
  • Lara Rottinghaus, Lockdown Mintrop, 2021
    Lara Rottinghaus
    Lockdown Mintrop, 2021
    Oil on linen
    190 x 145 cm
    74 3/4 x 57 1/8 in
  • Lara Rottinghaus, 25 hours / Gare du Nord, 2020
    Lara Rottinghaus
    25 hours / Gare du Nord, 2020
    Oil on linen
    160 x 220 cm
    63 x 86 5/8 in
  • Lara Rottinghaus, Bettmagnet, 2020
    Lara Rottinghaus
    Bettmagnet, 2020
    Oil on linen
    160 x 120 cm
  • Lara Rottinghaus, Rundgangsnachbereitung, 2020
    Lara Rottinghaus
    Rundgangsnachbereitung, 2020
    Oil on linen
    140 x 230 cm
    55 1/8 x 90 1/2 in
  • Lara Rottinghaus, Dorotheenstraße, 2019
    Lara Rottinghaus
    Dorotheenstraße, 2019
    Oil on linen
    200 x 130 cm
    78 3/4 x 51 1/8 in
  • Lara Rottinghaus, Pyjamaparty, 2019
    Lara Rottinghaus
    Pyjamaparty, 2019
    Oil on linen
    105 x 155 cm
    41 3/8 x 61 1/8 in