Spend a day with Tim Eitel and discover his favourite places in Paris: his studio in Saint-Ouen; L140 for which the artist created a mural; Basement, where he works on his future vynil, Jousse Entreprise Gallery that represents his work; and, finally, the Beaux Arts Paris where the artist teaches painting. Discover how Francis Bacon influenced Tim Eitel and why teaching art is important to him. Learn about his creative process and the role that music and furniture design play in his work.


Born in 1971 in Leonberg, Deutschland
Lives and works between Berlin and Paris

Tim Eitel has been using his painting to create analogies to reality, by constructing fictitious parallel worlds from situations that have been seen and experienced. His pictures are based on encounters, photographically-captured objects or spaces that actually exist. Eitel’s pictures tell no stories, instead they present a moment in which no before and after exist, defined by the constellation of figures in the space, the fall of light in architectural surroundings and the relations of colours to each other. Tim Eitel’s pictures are a continuous investigation of the perception of space, light and temporality, testing the possibilities for painting to depict these elements.

He studied at the Hochschule für Grafik und Buchkunst in Leipzig from 1997 to 2001 and was a Meisterschüler (Master Student) of Professor Arno Rink from 2001 through 2003. He has received a number of prestigious awards throughout his career, including the Landesgraduiertenstipendium, Saxonia, Germany (2002) and the Marion Ermer Preis (2003). Cofounder of the collective Galerie LIGA in Berlin, he was one of the leading protagonists of the New Leipzig School before gaining a reputation as one of the most important painters of his generation.

He has participated in more than fifty group exhibitions and some thirty monographic exhibitions worldwide since 2000, including at the Museum zu Allerheiligen, Schaffhausen, Switzerland (2004); Saint Louis Art Museum, Missouri (2005); Kunsthalle Tübingen (2008); Rochester Art Center, Minnesota (2013); Essl Museum, Klosterneuburg, Austria (2013); Kasteel Wijlre, Netherlands (2018); Museum der bildenden Künste Leipzig, Germany (2019) and Daegu Art Museum, South Korea (until October 2020).

Eitel‘s work is held in numerous important collections, including the Albertina, Vienna; ARKEN Museum of Modern Art, Ishøj, Denmark; Deutsche Bank Collection, Germany; Museum der Bildenden Künste Leipzig; Hamburger Bahnhof, Museum für Gegenwart, Berlin; Museum Frieder Burda, Baden-Baden; and the Rubell Family Collection, Miami.

Since five years, he teaches at the Ecole des Beaux-Arts de Paris.

He is represented by EIGEN+ART Leipzig/Berlin, Pace Gallery and Galerie Jousse Entreprise.


A DAY WITH is a series of interviews with artists based in Paris that offer to discover their artistic practice and inspirations.


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