April 12, 2018
The Art Hound Gallery is delighted to begin offering works by one of our favourite 1970's screen printers - The German artist Gerd Winner. Whilst not a household name on these shores, his screen prints are mind-blowingly amazing, often focusing on industrial urban architecture of Britain and other countries. Just as impressive is the techniques used to create them - early digital manipulation (pioneering early 1970's photoshop if you will). We're starting with one of his works from the U.S.A - 'Pennsylvania R.R' from 1973. The scale of this needs to be seen in person, so come down to the gallery! Keep your eyes peeled for more Gerd Winner prints for sale from The Art Hound Gallery. In the meantime - here's our bio.
Gerd Winner (Born 1936) is a German painter, sculptor and a pioneering graphic artist. He studied art in Berlin in the 1950’s and 1960’s, where he still resides and works today.
Winner has works in most major International collections including The Tate and MOMA. His most famous artworks are ground breaking hyper-real screen prints, relating to usually uncelebrated urban architecture. These screen prints were produced in collaboration with Chris Prater at Kelpra Studio, London - a studio well known for producing work with cutting edge artists. Winner was granted to come and work in London in 1970 by the British Council, which began this fruitful collaboration.
The large scale screen prints of places such as London Docks and Tube lines, the backs of tenement blocks and railway arches show a 1970’s British urban landscape slowly transforming from a 19th century industrial legacy. The same is apparent in his works focusing on Germany and the USA. Crucially, these works appear both immediately recognisable from our daily lives, but at the same time distant and fantastical - a result of the scale of them and the pioneering digital manipulation the images were given.
In 2000, Gerd Winner designed and built the "House of Silence" - a walk-in sculpture - on the site of the former concentration camp Bergen-Belsen. The art encourages the audience to sit and reflect.
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