Sigmar Polke German, 1941-2010
Born and raised in the town of Oels, Polke moved with his family to Düsseldorf in 1953. After working as an apprentice to a glass-painter, he enrolled in 1961 at the Kunstakademie, and held his first Capitalist Realist exhibition with fellow student Gerhard Richter. Polke experimented with a wide range of styles, subject matters and materials. In the 1970s, he concentrated on photography, returning to paint in the 1980s, when he produced abstract works created by chance through chemical reactions between paint and other products. In the last 20 years of his life, he produced paintings focused on historical events and perceptions of them.
Fascinated with alchemical processes and the effects of hallucinogenic drugs, the artist began adding an unusual combination of materials to his canvases: from dangerous chemicals and meteorite powder, to bubble-wrap and snail slime. His best known works are from the ‘raster’ series, in which he used a grid method to paint the mistakes found in magnified newspaper images.
He died of cancer in 2010.
Redefining Paint: Germany and Austria since 19709 Feb - 1 May 2015 LondonOmer Tiroche Contemporary Art is proud to present its inaugural exhibition at the new Mayfair premises. Bringing together eight German and Austrian Post-War and Contemporary artists, the selected works range from the early 1970s to 2008, and feature patriarchs of the New European Painting School: Gerhard Richter’s squeegee curlicues are...