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Thomas Kellner

Born: 1966 in Bonn

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Thomas Kellner
Thomas Kellner was born in Bonn, Germany in 1966. In 1996 he finished his studies in art and social sciences for to become a teacher at highschool at the University of Siegen, Germany. Right from the beginning of his studies his basic interest was into experimental photography. He grew different pinhole series, photogramwork and printings in alternative technics like Cyanotype and others. Kellner received the prize for young professionals by Kodak Germany for his final project. In 1997 he decided to concentrate into photography. In 2003/2004 he received a visiting professorship for photography in art at the Justus-Liebig-University of Giessen. He works as freelens and artist and lives in Siegen, Germany.
Till end of his time at University his work had been nationally and internationally exhibited and published. With his series of the European monuments since 1997 he experienced a wider international recommendation. Since he came to FotoFest Houston 2002 he found a wider recognition, several exhibitions in New York, Chicago, Los Angeles and other cities around the US, with a lot of portfolios in international magazines like Aperture, New York. Today he his well represented by galleries in Europe and the United States. His work has been collected by private collectors and museums, such as Museum of Fine Arts, Houston and The Art Institute of Chicago.
Kellners photos are contently and formaly defined by a wide range complexity. We find this in his multiple exposured pinhole work and deconstructive architectures. His pictures gain in his treatment of nature, architecture and human being the quality of a still picture. They make us persevere, get into a deeper contemplation and thinking about nowadays themes. At his monuments we might smile, think about our cultural values, their meanings and vulnarability.

Art objects of this artist

Kellner, Thomas ◊ Kellner, Zeche Zollverein, 2010, 2010
Kellner, Thomas ◊ Kellner, Zeche Zollverein, 2010, 2010

Gorman, Greg ◊ Andy Warhol, Los Angeles, 1986
Gorman, Greg ◊ Andy Warhol, Los Angeles, 1986

Kellner, Thomas ◊ Kellner, schloss Neuschwanstein, 2011, 2011
Kellner, Thomas ◊ Kellner, schloss Neuschwanstein, 2011, 2011

Kellner, Thomas ◊ Kölner Dom bei Nacht , 2010
Kellner, Thomas ◊ Kölner Dom bei Nacht , 2010

Kellner, Thomas ◊ San Francisco, Golden Gate Bridge, 2004
Kellner, Thomas ◊ San Francisco, Golden Gate Bridge, 2004

Kellner, Thomas ◊ New York, Times Square, 2003
Kellner, Thomas ◊ New York, Times Square, 2003

Kellner, Thomas ◊ München, Frauenkirche, 2002
Kellner, Thomas ◊ München, Frauenkirche, 2002

Kellner, Thomas ◊ München Hypovereinsbank, 2002
Kellner, Thomas ◊ München Hypovereinsbank, 2002

Kellner, Thomas ◊ Italy, Rome, Colisseum at night, 2005
Kellner, Thomas ◊ Italy, Rome, Colisseum at night, 2005

Kellner, Thomas ◊ New York, Skyline at Brooklyn Bridge, 2003
Kellner, Thomas ◊ New York, Skyline at Brooklyn Bridge, 2003

Kellner, Thomas ◊ Köln, Hohenzollernbrücke, 2001
Kellner, Thomas ◊ Köln, Hohenzollernbrücke, 2001

Kellner, Thomas ◊ Paris, Eiffeltower, 1997
Kellner, Thomas ◊ Paris, Eiffeltower, 1997

Kellner, Thomas ◊ Granada, Alhambra, 2003
Kellner, Thomas ◊ Granada, Alhambra, 2003

Kellner, Thomas ◊ Köln, Dom + Museum Ludwig, 2001
Kellner, Thomas ◊ Köln, Dom + Museum Ludwig, 2001

Kellner, Thomas ◊ Lissabon, Praca do Commercio, 1999
Kellner, Thomas ◊ Lissabon, Praca do Commercio, 1999

Kellner, Thomas ◊ München, Königsplatz, 2002
Kellner, Thomas ◊ München, Königsplatz, 2002

Kellner, Thomas ◊ München, Neues Rathaus, 2002
Kellner, Thomas ◊ München, Neues Rathaus, 2002

Kellner, Thomas ◊ New York, Midtown Manhattan, 2003
Kellner, Thomas ◊ New York, Midtown Manhattan, 2003

Kellner, Thomas ◊  Paris, Arc de Triomphe, 1997
Kellner, Thomas ◊ Paris, Arc de Triomphe, 1997


Thomas Kellner

Born in Bonn, Germany.
Studies of art, with a central interest on experimantel photography,
and Social Sciences at the University of Siegen.
visitingprofessorship “photography in art” at the Justus-Liebig-University, Giessen, Germany
Since 1997
Freelens and artist, lives in Siegen, Germany

Kodak award for young professionals 1996
Art Award by the city of Düren 1997
Member of the Association of Professional Photographers, BFF, 1998 – 2003
Member of “Deutsche Gesellschaft fuer Fotografie, DGPh“ since 2004
2009 Kunstpreis des Keises Düren / Fine Art Award by the district government of Dueren
2009 Award of excellence by the Pingyao International Photography Festival

public Collections:
Art Institute of Chicago, Collection of Photography, Chicago, USA
Collection Schuppmann, Germany
Museum of Fine Arts, Houston, USA
Museum of Photography, Burghausen, Germany
North Dakota Museum of Art, Grand Forks, USA
Oberhessisches Museum, Giessen, Germany
Westdeutscher Rundfunk (WDR), Artcollection, Cologne, Germany
Worcester Art Museum, Worcester, Massachusetts, USA

and many private collections worldwide

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Current and past exhibition-dates and information
Jan 9th, 2004
Thomas Kellner - monuments -
Nov 8th, 2008
Thomas Kellner - Dancing walls -
May 29th, 2010
Thomas Kellner - seeing and photographing as a process -
Dec 25th, 2015
Love is...
Jan 16th, 2016
Thomas Kellner - Black & White
Jan 11th, 2020
Vernissage 30 years in focus Gallery, Cologne

More dates:

Thomas Kellner - Solo Exhibitions

2011: art.fair, fair for contemporary art, Cologne with in focus gallery
2010: ecco, espaco cultural contemporaneo, Brasilia, Brasilien
Deutsches Glasmalereimuseum, Linnich, Düren
in focus Galerie, Köln
2009: Cotton Mill Factory, Pingyao, The Peoples Republic of China
2008: The Boston Athenaeum, Boston, USA
Schneider Gallery, Chicago, USA
John Cleary Gallery, Houston, USA
K4 galerie Saarbrücken
in focus Galerie, Burkhard Arnold, Köln
Galerie Maurer, München
VHS-Photogalerie Stuttgart
Museo de Bellas Artes, Villa Sofia, Vitoria-Gasteiz, Spanien
FotoArte, Brasilia, Brasilien
Stephen Cohen Gallery, Los Angeles, USA
Galerie Image, Dänemark
Pavilion, Leeds, Großbritannien; Projekt facades, Verhüllung der Oper bis zum Ende der Bauzeit
in focus, Galerie, Köln
Schneider Gallery, Chicago, USA
Neuer Kunstverein Giessen
IHK-Galerie, Siegen
Rosenberg & Kaufmann Fine Art, New York, USA
Schneider Gallery, Chicago, USA
Photo Americas, Photographic Image Gallery, Portland Oregon, USA
Beyer , Blinder, Belle – Architects, New York, USA
New City Hall, Munich, Germany
Ffotogallery@Turner House, Cardiff, Wales
Kunstraum Carmen Oberst, Hamburg, Germany
Galerie Objekte Wolfgang F. Maurer, Munich, Germany
Fotomuseum, Leipzig, Germany
rhubarb-rhubarb, Birmingham, Great Britain
FoFeTu, International Fotofestival of Turnhout, Belgium
Griffin Museum of Photography, Boston, USA
Städtische Galerie Iserlohn, Germany
Gallery Höfer, London, Great Britain
in focus Galerie am Dom, Cologne, Germany
Festival Photographique, Lannion, France
Städtische Galerie ‘Haus Seel’, Siegen,Germany
Galerie F, Bad Nauheim, Germany
Bruno-Goller-Haus, Gummersbach, Germany
Bismarckturm, Möhnesee, Germany
Gallery Höfer, London, Great Britain, Internet, USA
Arles, France
Galerie F, Bad Nauheim, Germany
Freedom Brewing Co., London, Great Britain
Galeria Quattro, Lisbon, Portugal
Gelbe Villa, Kreuztal, Germany
Terra Nostra, St. Remy de Pce, France
‘Gloce’, organised by Original Photographic Prints, London, Great Britain
„off-festival“, Paris, France
Photospere, St. Remy de Pce, France
Terra Nostra, St. Remy de Pce, France
Galerie F, Bad Nauheim, Germany
Fabrik Fotoforum at the Galerie Grauwert, Hamburg, Germany
Kunstverein Hildesheim, Germany, program in addition to the Gernsheim-exhibition, (together with Tina Haupt), (catalogue)
Villa Waldrich, Siegen, Germany, (catalogue)
Kunstverein Eschweiler, Germany

Thomas Kellner - Fairs and important group shows since 2001:

Cologne Fine Art by in focus gallery
Aipad, NEw York by Stephen Cohen gallery
Genova Scatti Europei, Genua, Fondazione Carige
„discoveries of FotoFest 2002“, FotoFest, Houston, USA & FotoArte; Brasilia
ArtFrankfurt, K4-Galerie, Saarbrücken
Photo-London, London, Focus-Gallery, London
„monument recall“, SF Camerawork, San Francisco, USA
„Pieced Together: Photomontage from the Collection“, The Art Institute of Chicago
“Dislocation”: Volkswagen fotogalerie, at the Fringe Club Hong Kong, China & Toronto, Canada
“Ars & Archittetura 1900-2000”, Genua, Italien
"Kunst aus Kölner Galerien", Kölnisches Stadtmuseum, Köln mit in focus Galerie
"Moneten, Maeuse, Kohlen", Museum für Kommunikation, Hamburg
"Narrascape", The New Art Gallery Walsall, GB
"stone", Miami, USA & Centro del Imagem, Mexico City
"Vues d’architecture ", Musée de Grenoble, Frankreich
"London in Photography", British Council, Estland, Lettland, Litauen
Colorado Photographic Arts Center, Denver, USA
"FreshArt", London

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Mar 15th, 2009
Thomas Kellner receives Düren County’s Fine Art Award
Feb 2nd, 2018
in focus gallery joins art Karlsruhe 2018

More publications

Thomas Kellner - Monographs

2011 Thomas Kellner: "Mexiko", Belin
2010 Thomas Kellner: "Farbwelt 135-36", Düren, Deutschland
Thomas Kellner: "Brasilia, 50 Anos de Utopia Moderna", Brasilien
2008 Thomas Kellner: "The Boston Athenaeum", Boston, USA
2007 Thomas Kellner: "Dancing Walls", Siegen
2005 Thomas Kellner: "Tango Metropolis", Galleri Image, Denmark
2003 Thomas Kellner: "Ozymandias", herausgegeben von FfotogalleryPublishing, Cardiff, Wales, mit einem Vorwort von A.D. Coleman
"Thomas Kellner - interaktiv", CD-ROM, herausgegeben vom Studiengang Medienpanung -Entwicklung und -beratung an der Universität Siegen
2001 Thomas Kellner: "Monumente", Hrsg.: Galerie in focus am Dom, Köln und Städtische Galerie Iserlohn, mit einem Vorwort von Gerhard Glüher
2000 Thomas Kellner: "11-Loch-Arbeiten", Gummersbach
1998 Thomas Kellner: "Germany - view from inside out", MRD, Siegen (mit Texten von Prof. Dr. Hubertus von Amelunxen und Dr. Markus Hellenthal)

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