Ivo Ringe

Ivo Ringe’s concrete abstractions are fields composed of interactive colors and harmonic forms, applied using pigmentations produced from scratch and universally dictated by the golden ratio and other proportions.
His process is that of a biologist or mathematician. He applies axis points throughout the picture plane, at first achieving a tenuous balance, then renders each a point of convergence until the entirety forms an interconnected force of nature – a molecular dance that is both structurally sublime and free of symmetry, finite yet flexible. In that sense, the lines that bind the points are not necessarily random or even multidirectional, but all part of a singular event, a proliferation of cells rapidly evolving into an organism.
Alongside Ringe’s morphic structural compositions his Field paintings are large geometric abstractions composed of complementary color fields and a singular form floating in space. Rounding out this body of work will be a selection of paintings in which both approaches are combined, laying morphic structures atop geometric fields, thus creating the exhibition’s namesake. In seeking the creation of a positive proportional balance in every plane, Ringe affixes the golden section as well as other proportions as the stable and ruling element in an otherwise combustible formula.
In the artist’s words, “When you look at waves crashing or a fire burning, the individual forms get lost in the motions, and those vibrations elicit a chemical response for the viewer. The patterns and proportions become what we experience, all these life forces coming together as one, and that space becomes a habitat for the subconscious.”

Ivo Ringe(born 1951, Bonn, Germany) lives and works in Cologne. He studied sculpture and graphic arts with Josef Beuys and Rolf Sackenheim at the Kunstakademie Düsseldorf in the 1970s. He has exhibited in various group and solo exhibitions throughout Europe for nearly quarter of a century. Ringe lectures regularly on color theory, free drawing, and painting techniques in his native Germany, and since 2014 has served as Artistic Director of the Ateliers Fine Arts, Rheinische Friedrich‐Wilhelms, University of Bonn.

Born 1951 in Bonn. Lives and works in Cologne.

1972-74

Studied sculpture at the Academy of Fine Arts in Dusseldorf as a student under Prof. Joseph Beuys.

1974-77

Studied graphics as a student under Prof. Rolf Sackenheim, 1977 as a master student.


Private Collections (Selection)

Aalenburg, Germany
Alfes, Germany
Behr, Germany
Belik, Turkey
Bergerhoff, Germany
Blanke, Germany
von Buttlar, Germany
Diers, France
Esfandiary, France
Felder, Germany
Hagedorn, Germany
Hartzheim, Germany
Hohlfeld, Germany
Hörster, Germany
Judith, Germany
Larsson, Germany
Liberty, USA
Rupf, Germany
Scharf, USA
Sreckovic, France
Sypplie, Germany
Trah, Germany
Vogt, France
Wolff, Germany
Wolff, Italy
Zimmermann, Germany


Public Collections (Selection)

artothek, Cologne
Bodenstaff/Gontrum, Werl
SK Stiftung, Cologne
Nederlandse Waterschaps Bank, The Haag, Niederlande
NeueRäume, Cologne
Museum Katharinenhof, Kranenburg

Solo exhibitions

2019

IVO RINGE – SIMPLE PRESENT, Galerie Floss & Schultz, Cologne

2018

IVO RINGE: ...or burst out from its confines and radiate..., Tremenheere Sculpture Gardens Penzance, Cornwall, UK

2016

MORPHIC FIELDS, Claudia Weil Galerie, Friedberg
MORPHIC FIELDS, Hionas Gallery, New York
IVO RINGE ZUM GEBURTSTAG, 65 Bilder aus 40 Jahren, Galerie Floss & Schultz, Cologne
DIE PROPORTIONEN DER DINGE, Galerie Nanna Preußners, Hamburg
WISSE DAS BILD, Galerie Floss & Schultz, Cologne

2015

WISSE DAS BILD, Kunsthaus Rehau (cat.) 

2014

STRUKTUREN, Kunstkontor Galerie Ulf Larsson, Cologne (with Joaquim Chancho)
DAS ECHO DES LICHTS - REDUZIERTE MALEREI VON JOE BARNES UND IVO RINGE, Galerie Cornelia Kamp, Keitum/Sylt     

2011

NEW MOMENT, Schaltwerk Kunst Galerie Nanna Preußners, Hamburg
SHOW IT AGAIN ... Heather Sheehan und Ivo Ringe mit neuen Arbeiten, Neuer Kunstverein Aschaffenburg                    

2010

ALSO SPRACH ZARATHUSTRA, Kunstkontor, Galerie Ulf Larsson, Cologne

2009

...DENN DA IST KEINE STELLE..., Neue Galerie Landshut
DER MOMENT DES TUNS, Schaltwerk Kunst, Hamburg
THE STRANGE TERRITORY OF THE OTHER, Galerie Linde Trottenberg, Bonn    

2008

Galerie Cornelia Kamp, Keitum/Sylt (with Joe Barnes)   

2007

Galerie Marina Wolff, Milan
artothek, Cologne
Kunstkontor, Galerie Ulf Larsson, Cologne (with Joe Barnes, cat.)   

2006

McBride Fine Art, Antwerpen   

2005

Galerie Cornelia Kamp, Sylt
ForumArte, Arnsberg       

2004

Projektraum 150 Kubikmeter Largus, Cologne (with Joe Barnes) 

1999

Second Sunday Salon, Cologne
Die Weisse Galerie, Cologne

1994

Galerie Mickan, Wiesbaden
Stadtmuseum Siegburg (cat.)    

1993

Galerie Thorigny, Paris
Galerie Nouvelles Images, The Hague        

1992

Galerie G. Apicella, Cologne

1991

ART EXHIBITION PALACE, Vilnius, Lithuania (now CAC, Vilnius)
Galerie G. Apicella, Cologne       

1990

Goethe Institut Bonn
Galerie G. Apicella, Cologne


Group exhibitions

2019

SIXTY NIFTY, Augsburg-Contemporary, Augsburg
SCHÖNHEIT ! ? Galerie Gisela Clement, Bonn
BLUE MATTERS, Galerie Nanna Preußners, Hamburg
DOTS, POINTS, CIRCLES, Claudia Weil Galerie, Friedberg
ANDREA MYERS, IVO RINGE - Textile Rauminstallation, Neue Arbeiten - Fields and Hollows, Galerie Klaus Braun, Stuttgart
AS OF NOW, augsburg contemporary, Augsburg-Göggingen
SENSE OF WHITE, Galerie Nanna Preußners, Hamburg
AS OF NOW, augsburg contemporary, Augsburg-Göggingen
SENSE OF WHITE, Galerie Nanna Preußners, Hamburg

2017

PAINTING BLACK, Raum Schroth im Museum Wilhelm Morgner, Soest (cat.)
THE UNDERLYING SHAPE (with Joaquim Chancho, Mark Francis, Don Voisine), Galerie Floss & Schultz, Cologne (cat.)
KLEINFORMAT, Galerie Mariette Haas, Ingolstadt
NATION V - THRU THE RABBIT HOLE 2, Sideshow Gallery, New York

2016

THE PATTERN REVEALS ITSELF, Claudia Weil Galerie, Friedberg
RE:STRUCTURED, The Exchange, Penzance, Cornwall
THE SNORING PRINCESS, Kunstgruppe Cologne
COLLECTION IN THE PICTURE ROOM, Newlyn Art Gallery, Newlyn, Cornwall
NATION IV - THRU THE RABBIT HOLE - LIFE ON MARS, Sideshow Gallery, New York

2015

20 JAHRE KUNSTGRUPPE, Kunstgruppe Cologne
ES GEHT NICHT UM GELB..., Galerie Florian Trampler, Munich
DIE HEITERKEIT DER SEELE, Galerie König, Hanau/Frankfurt
RETROSPEKTIVE 25 JAHRE KUNST IM STADTMUSEUM, Stadtmuseum Siegburg
ZARTHEIT, Galerie Floss & Schultz, Cologne (cat.)

2014

STRUKTUREN: BRITISCHE UND DEUTSCHE KUNST IM DIALOG. With works by Ian McKeever and Ivo Ringe, Günther Förg, Michael Jäger, Tim Allen, Mark Francis, Andrew Bick and Miro Zahra, Kunsthalle Wilhelmshaven, Newlyn Art Gallery & The Exchange, Penzance, Cornwall
REDUCTIV ART, Galerie Filser & Gräf, Munich
Galerie Floss & Schultz, Cologne
ON & ON & ON, Kunstgruppe, Cologne
PLEASURE, Koelnberg Kunstverein e.V., Cologne
ES GEHT NICHT UM GELB... FARBE, FORM UND KONSTUKTION, Claudia Weil Galerie, Friedberg
SOMMERSALON 2014, Galerie Ulf Larsson, Cologne
PAINTING BLACK, The Sylvia Wald and Po Kim Art Gallery, New York City

2013

RETICULATE, McKenzie Fine Art, New York City
17/13, Kunstgruppe, Cologne
BEST OF, Künstler der Galerie, Galerie Nanna Preußners, Hamburg    

2012

LESS IS MORE, Kunstkontor Galerie Ulf Larsson, Cologne

2011

ORNAMENTAL, Städtische Galerie Lippstadt (with Min Clara Kim, Hugo Boguslawski)
ABOUT PAINTING, The Sylvia Wald and Po Kim Art Foundation, Manhattan, New York (with Joe Barnes, Rupert Eder, Jon Groom)

2010

ARBEITEN AUF PAPIER - WORKS ON PAPER, with Rupert Eder, Jon Groom, Christian F. Kintz, Ian McKeever, Schaltwerk Kunst, Hamburg (now: Galerie Nanna Preußners)
COSÌ PARLÒ ZARATHUSTRA, Antico Castello sul Mare, Rapallo, Italy (with Thomas Egelkamp)
AUS DEM DEPOT: ANKÄUFE UND SCHENKUNGEN AUS DEN JAHREN 2007-2010, Museum Katharinenhof, Kranenburg

2009

SUMMERTIME, Kunstkontor, Galerie Ulf Larsson, Cologne
DAS WERDEN IM AUGENBLICK, Alte Tabakfabrik Heusweiler
SIX YEARS, McBride Fine Art, Kalmthout

2008

NOW!, Museum Katharinenhof, Kranenburg (with Joe Barnes, Claudia Desgranges, cat.)
THE ESSENCE OF THE MOMENT, Kulturforum in Herz Jesu, Cologne (with Joe Barnes, Rupert Eder, Jon Groom, cat.)
Kunstkontor, Galerie Ulf Larsson, Cologne (with Joe Barnes, Rupert Eder, Jon Groom)           

2007

WATERCOLOURS, Galerie König, Hanau/Frankfurt

2006

UNO SPAZIO SU MISURA 5, Marina Wolff, Milan
JETZT, ForumArte, Arnsberg

2005

AT THE MOMENT, Studio 18 Gallery, New York
MALEREI: ABSTRAKT, KONZEPT, KONKRET, INFORMEL, ForumArte, Arnsberg   

2004

ES GEHT UNS GUT UND DANKE FÜR DEN FISCH, Projektraum 150 Kubikmeter Largus, Cologne

2003

DIE ACHTSAMKEIT DES AUGENBLICKS - 5 MALER, Neuer Kunstverein Aschaffenburg, Galerie Cornelia Kamp, Sylt (with Joe Barnes, Claudia Desgranges, Jon Groom, Jerry Zeniuk, cat.)

2002

SCULPTURE 2002, Conny Dietzschold Gallery, Sidney, Australia

1995

QUINTESSENZ: MADE FOR AROLSEN 1995, Museum Bad Arolsen (with Tony Clark, Jon Shelton etc., cat.)

1994

ROT SEHEN, Galerie Mickan, Wiesbaden

1993

Descouvertes, Grand Palais, Paris
KLEINE ARBEITEN, Galerie am Chamissoplatz, Berlin
SERIENBILDER, Galerie Mickan, Wiesbaden       

1992

Descouvertes, Grand Palais, Paris

1991

Galerie G. Apicella, Cologne