Walter Lindner (1936-2007)
A Retrospective Exhibition
1 – 30 June 2018
Harlekin Tanz, ink, watercolour and gold leaf on paper
Art collector Simon Hearnden unearthed the delightful, highly accomplished
paintings and monotype prints of the enigmatic Berlin artist, the late Walter Lindner,
whilst visiting Germany in 2006. Simon was such passionate collector of this particular
artist’s work that, incredibly, he sold his Oxfordshire home to enable him to purchase
the majority of the artist’s paintings from his studio and his gallery dealer in Germany.
This solo exhibition at David Simon Contemporary is a significant retrospective of
Lindner’s work and includes some thirty-five of the very best available original
Capturing the character and humour of everyday observations, new bronze
sculptures by Sara Ingleby-MacKenzie make a wonderful accompaniment to the
work of Walter Linder. Ingleby-MacKenzie, who trained at the Bath Academy of Art,
portrays figures in everyday activities. Some pieces are patinated in striking colour,
such as ‘Corporate Figures’, others finished in more traditional tones.
Walter Lindner (1936 – 2007)was a true master of his oeuvre, creating wonderfully
composed and graphic artworks. During four fruitful decades Lindner perfected his
technique, hand-pressing monotype prints onto parchment from glass plates that he
painted with oils; the basis for his unique and original works. Approved one-off prints
were then embellished, often elaborately, with pen and ink and sometimes adding
gold leaf. Lindner’s unique techniques attracted attention in the region and he was
considered an outstanding talent, by both his Berlin university tutors and fellow artists.
Lindner exhibited annually at the Frankfurt Art Fair for 40 years – longer than any other
artist. Exhibitions of his work in the Berlin area were also successful in the 70s and 80s,
but Lindner was a gentle man and a reluctant publicist.
There has been significant interest in a number of the artists from the former East Berlin
‘Wall years’, but, until recently, many of the gifted artists who worked simultaneously
in West Berlin remained under the radar. The work of Walter Lindner lives on and has
been much collected in both Germany and Great Britain.
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