This splendidly illustrated, multi-coloured publication serves as a fitting memorial to a much-admired Canberra-based artist, teacher and traveller who died in 2012 while still involved with the production of the book. A painter of the art of colour etching, his keenly observed studies of the world around him – whether in his birthplace, Germany, or in far-flung and ancient places in the Middle East, Far East and Australia – are rich in detail and often annotated in his own handwriting. He lets the etched line work on the spectator’s imagination – with poetic rewards for all who ponder.
Schmeisser came to Australia in 1978 as head of the Printmaking Department of the Canberra School of Art. As such, he encouraged the development of a generation of young artists. His own works are keenly collected – particularly in Australia, Germany and Japan. Co-published by SFA Press, Canberra, and Macmillan Art Publishing, this is a heartwarming account of an artistic life well-lived from a variety of scholarly and critical perspectives. The design and colour reproduction are both spectacular.
About the Authors
Roger Butler, National Gallery of Australia, Australia; Eric Denker, Corcoran Gallery of Art, USA; Peter Haynes, University of Canberra, Australia; Merryn Gates; Rudiger Joppien, Former curator at the Museum fur Kunst und Gewerbe Hamburg, Germany; Hendrik Kolenberg, Art Gallery of New South Wales, Australia; Suzanne Knight, artist based in Canberra, Australia; Akira Kurosaki, Kyoto Seika University, Japan; Howard Morphy, Australian National University, Australia; Sarina Noordhius-Fairfax, Australian National University, Australia and Paul Wunderlich, artist and teacher.
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great printing and images
An excellent book that represents the life's work of artist-printmaker Jorg Schmeisser. It inspires with Jorg's exquisitely executed images and perceptive essays by Jorg himself and his associates. The book, designed by Lynda Warner, is an art object itself.
Audience: Tertiary; University or College
Number Of Pages: 176
Published: 1st April 2014
Publisher: Macmillan Art Publishing
Country of Publication: AU
Dimensions (cm): 24.6 x 25.0 x 2.1
Weight (kg): 1.17
Edition Number: 1