Paula Baader is a contemporary painter whose work investigates the nature of places and memories. Alluding to traditional mapping, the artist transfers subjective experiences of her immediate surroundings onto the canvas. The space and subtlety of her works give room for association and invite the viewer to drift away and re-experience. Paula Baader’s paintings are marked by fine lines, dissolving colour, and wide spaces; by times, figures are hinted to traces of places and people. Often seen from a bird’s-eye view, the works contain the wideness and complexity of reality through minimal abstraction and delicate graphic structures. The ambivalence carried within complements this both visual and conceptual examination.


"Concerning inspiration … a change in perspective helps. Being at the top of a high building. Everything looks so small and suddenly everything is less daunting. Or going on an extensive walk, not knowing where it is leading me."

– Paula Baader


Paula Baader was born in Hamburg in 1987. She completed her MFA in Painting at the Royal College of Art, London, UK, in 2016, after graduating with a BFA in Painting from the Academy of Fine Arts, Munster, DE. In 2013, the artist held a visiting term at Chelsea College of Art, London. During this year, she was awarded the In Living Colour-Award at Saatchi Gallery, London, which initiated her exhibition activities within the UK. In 2018, she held a residency at Unit 1 Gallery in London. Her work has been featured in numerous institutional and private exhibitions since. Paula Baader lives and works in London, UK, and Hamburg, DE.