“I try not to compromise on anything I do. I think maybe that comes back to punk and the skate culture. It’s best not to overthink anything. I believe the most important thing in life is to be your authentic self.”
Born in Yorkshire in 1979, Schoph is an artist and curator who first came to prominence on the international snowboarding scene.
Now a celebrated painter whose artwork is recognised and collected across the world, his dynamic and brooding paintings are at once beautiful and dark. Nuanced layers of texture and colour are executed boldly and without compromise, expressing a raw energy that is at the core of his practise.
A founder of two companies, Dalikfodda and House Of Maiden, Schoph has also contributed artwork and graphics to some of the most established companies in the snowboard industry including Vans, Volcom and Lib Tech. In 2016 he was commissioned by Michael O’Hare to create murals and paintings for his Michelin-starred restaurant The Man Behind the Curtain, which reignited his relationship with his native Northern England. The installation included semi-abstract and deconstructed portraits, that are now recognisable within the artist’s oeuvre.
In 2019 Schoph collaborated with artist and friend Danny Larsen on Head – Heart – Hand; the first international exhibition presented by RedHouse Originals. Larsen and Schoph became friends on the international snowboarding scene, bonded by a mutual appreciation of rock and roll music. The exhibition showcased the two painters disparate styles displayed in harmony: Larsen’s atmospheric neo-pointillist landscapes, alongside Yorkshire-born Schoph’s iconoclastic graphic geometries.
Schoph’s 2020 – 2021 series The Quarantine Paintings, was one of the artist’s largest and most involved. At once complex and universal, the series explored a range of emotions shared by many during lockdown, presented through the prism of the artist’s perspective. He likened the paintings to “visual poetry” and “chapters in a book”, documenting the various stages of the pandemic.
The artist features in the exhibition Infinite Nature; first shown in Oslo, Norway earlier this summer, showcasing a return to his unique version of portraiture, alongside a selection of new iPad drawings and archive works.
Since 2010 Schoph has exhibited internationally, particularly in the United States, including collections in New York, Los Angeles, San Francisco and Jackson Hole.
Schoph currently divides his time between studios in Yorkshire and California.