Helmut Federle

Basics on Composition

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Date of publication June 2020

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Helmut Federle
Basics on Composition

Ed. Galerie nächst St. Stephan, text(s) by Erich Franz, Erik Steffensen, John Yau, graphic design by Martha Stutteregger

German, English

2020. 160 pp., 80 ills.


21.50 x 26.00 cm

ISBN 978-3-7757-4786-8

Nomen est Pictura

H is here, in the truest sense, the alpha and omega. Helmut Federle uses the first letter of his first name as a format-filling, artistic matrix on canvases measuring between forty and fifty centimeters. Since his early days as an artist in the late 1970s, he has created seventy variations of Liegendes H (Reclining H). The basic form of three lines and two squares enumerates the variations of expressions in painting. Their synopsis plays with figure and ground, forming an inventive collection of painterly techniques and the atmospheres they evoke. At the same time, the subtitles for the individual works seem to hint at the specific horizons of experience in their creation. They lend each work a poetic dimension, as one tries to imagine the artist’s world in the planes of color. Thus, each picture represents Helmut and is, in its mysterious originality, a fascinating haiku.

Numerous solo exhibitions have been devoted to HELMUT FEDERLE’s (*1944, Solothurn) artwork. In 1997 he designed the Swiss Pavilion for the Venice Biennial. From 1999 to 2007 he was a professor at the Kunstakademie Düsseldorf. He divides his time between Vienna and Camaiore, Italy.

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