Walter Lindner (1936 - 2007)
A Retrospective Exhibition


1 – 30 June 2018 

 

Venetian Scene, ink, wash and gold leaf over monotype, 1998, 30 x 40cm

 

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 monotype artworks.

 

Walter Lindner (1936 – 2007) was a true m­aster of his oeuvre, creating wonderfully composed and graphic artworks. He graduated from the State Academy of Fine Art and Berlin University of Arts in the 1950's. Subsequently, 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.

 

Venetian Scene
ink, wash and gold leaf over monotype, 1998
30 x 40cm

 

Versammlung (Gathering)
ink, wash and gold leaf over monotype, 1997
34 x 34cm

 

 

Lustbarkeit (Revelry)
ink, wash and gold leaf over monotype, 1991
28 x 29cm

 

Circustaum
(Circus Dream)

ink, wash and gold leaf over monotype
1996
60 x 50cm

 

 

Circus Elephant
ink, wash and gold leaf over monotype
2003
61 x 28cm

 

 

Finsternis (Eclipse)
ink, wash and gold leaf over monotype
1999
66 x 51cm

 

 

Comedia
hand coloured etching with gold leaf
1990
13 x 18.5cm

 

 

Blue Abstract Couple
monotype
19.5 x 19.5cm

 

 

Marktplatz
hand coloured etching with gold leaf
1986
13 x 18.5cm

 

 

Corporate Bodies, Sara Ingleby-MacKenzie, bronze

 

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.

 

Sara Ingleby-MacKenzie has been sculpting since 1982, when she graduated with a first class honours degree in Sculpture and Print Making from Bath Academy of Art. The same year she was awarded the Henry Moore Foundation Scholarship.

 

Harlequin on Circus Horse
hand coloured etching with gold leaf
1979
30 x 40cm

 

 

Vinum II (Wine)
ink, wash and gold leaf over monotype, 1996
28 x 46cm

 

 

Verwandlung (Transformation)
ink, wash and gold leaf over monotype, 1993
22 x 28cm

 

 

Vorstadt
ink, wash and gold leaf over monotype, 1991
20 x 20cm

 

 

Komposition

ink, wash and gold leaf over monotype, 1985

21 x 28cm

 

 

Krokoland

ink, wash and gold leaf over monotype, 1989
34 x 34cm

 

 

 

Wind and Sea, Martin Elphick, bronze on soapstone base, 70 x 40 x 34cm
 

Founder member of the Cotswold Sculptors Association and editor of Sculpture Loop newsletter, Martin Elphick has been sculpting in a wide variety of materials for many years. Following a career in the medical profession, he was able to concentrate on sculpting full-time after retiring in 2010. Elphick furthered his self-taught techniques with a master class with Etienne Milner, London; Bath College and Bath Artists' Studios. In March 2018 Martin Elphick was the winner of the David Simon Contemporary Prize at Bath Society of Artists Annual Open Exhibition.

 

 

 

Harlekinfest
ink, wash and gold leaf over monotype, 2002
49 x 33.5cm

 

 

 

Traumspiel II (Dream Games)
ink, wash and gold leaf over monotype, 1993
44.5 x 33.5cm

 

 

Harlekinade
ink, wash and gold leaf over monotype, 2002
48 x 34cm

 

Buhnenspiel

(Stage Game)
ink, wash and gold leaf over monotype, 1997
36 x 34cm

 

 

Music Kanten
ink, wash and gold leaf over monotype, 1993
48 x 66cm

 

 

Harlekin Fest
ink, wash and gold leaf over monotype, 1996
50 x 60cm

 

 

Circus Stunde

(Circus Hour)
ink, wash and gold leaf over monotype, 1996
33 x 41cm

 

Winter Trees
ink, wash and gold leaf over monotype, 1978
40 x 35.5cm

 

 

Green Domes
ink, wash and gold leaf over monotype, 1971
40 x 35cm

 

 

Geometric Shapes 10
ink, wash and gold leaf over monotype, 1990
33 x 33cm

 

 

Geometric Shapes 9
ink, wash and gold leaf over monotype, 1990
33 x 33cm

 

 

Geometric Shapes 3
ink, wash and gold leaf over monotype, 1990
33 x 33cm

 

 

Face Trio
ink, wash and gold leaf over monotype, 1997
28 x 18.5cm

 

 

Blue Flamingo
monotype, 1973
41 x 32cm

 

 

Panther
monotype, 1968
27 x 58cm

 

 

Schloss Park
monotype, 1985
45 x 63cm

 

Silver Birches
monotype, 1984
45 x 63cm

 

Abstrakte in Gelben
ink, wash and gold leaf over monotype, 1986
50 x 50cm

 

 

 

Metamorphose III
ink, wash and gold leaf over monotype, 1994
35 x 35cm

 

 

 

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