Overview

In the same way I accumulate objects, I also accumulate images, and I find them arranging themselves into categories, too. And some images insist on being painted; others don't. 

Donald Baechler is a key figure in the Neo-Expressionist movement, also acknowledged as a second-generation pop artist. His canvases often operate like memory boards, using materials and fabrics collected during his travels. 

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Biography

I'm drawn to silhouettes because of their emblematic rather than their illustrational quality.  I see them as shapes, allowing an image to become an abstraction and for pure painting to take place.

Donald Baechler was born in Connecticut in 1956. He attended the Maryland Institute College of Art from 1974 to 1977, followed by a year at New York's Cooper Union. Baechler then studied abroad in Frankfurt am Main at the Städelschule, Staatliche Hochschule fuer Bildende Künste.

Living and working at the same time as artists like Keith Haring, Jean-Michel Basquiat and Kenny Scharf, Baechler, in the same line as those artists, incorporates childlike naive imagery in his paintings. His primary influence comes from artists like Cy Twombly and Jean Dubuffet. Another inspiration comes from the practice of Andy Warhol, who made...

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