Friday, 12 August 2022

Berlin zoo was among artist's inspirations

Berlin zoo was among artist's inspirations

“ANIMALS & Abstracts” is the forthcoming exhibition at the Old Fire Station Gallery, curated by Simon Hearnden.

He returns to his “home” gallery with a show featuring exciting, newly unearthed works from his most appreciated Berlin artist, Walter Lindner (1936-2007).

Lindner lived close to the city’s renowned zoo. After sketching the animals, he often placed them back into more natural surroundings when creating his masterful monotypes. Rhinoceroses and elephants were particular favourites and there was a conceptual continuity in the way he returned to them during his work.

He clearly had an empathy with them and sometimes used them to quietly mock or question the human race.

Talented painter Stephanie Gendera, whose work was exhibited at the gallery earlier this year, also lives near to the Berlin zoo.

However, the inspiration for her striking animal portraits comes from trips to Kenya, where it is the threat to wildlife environments that motivates her work. She donates 25 per cent of her sale proceeds to wildlife and conservation causes.

Simon is also exhibiting a collection of abstract stone printed lithographs from an eminent Berlin publisher, which are popular with fellow print makers, collectors and people looking for something interesting and different for their walls.

The exhibition runs from Friday, November 18, to Tuesday, November 29. Opening hours are 10.30am to 6.30pm daily.

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