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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. 

Acknowledged as a second-generation pop artist, Donald Baechler was a key figure of the neo-expressionist movement. His canvases often operate like memory boards, implementing 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.

An important member of the neo-expressionist movement, Baechler is also acknowledged as a second-generation pop artist. In the vein of contemporaries such as Keith Haring, Jean-Michel Basquiat, and Kenny Scharf, Baechler incorporated childlike imagery in his paintings, also taking note of styles established by Cy Twombly and Jean Dubuffet. His seemingly ordinary subjects–such as flowers,...

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