Art collector/archivist Simon Hearnden returns to Chester with another stunning selection of accomplished monotype originals, artist litho editions, etchings and archive edition digital prints by the enigmatic Walter Lindner (1936-2007), which he first unearthed in Berlin in 2006.
Simon recently acquired the personal collection of works that Maria Lindner (the artist’s widow) had held back. Exhibitions have been exciting collectors and new appreciators of the artist’s work at some significant events this year, notably Works on Paper, Kensington, The Art & Antiques Fair, Olympia and at David Simon Contemporary, Bath.
After completing degrees at both the leading Berlin Arts Universities in the 1950s, Lindner became a senior graphic designer at Siemens Berlin advertising department, before embarking on a solo career in the mid 60s.
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 striking original works. Approved unique prints were then embellished, often elaborately, sometimes with pen and ink and often gold leaf. Lindner exhibited annually at the Frankfurt International Art Fair for 40 years – longer than any other artist. He was considered an outstanding talent, by both his university tutors and fellow artists. Exhibitions of his work in the Berlin and Brandenburg regions were successful in the 70s and 80s, but Lindner was a gentle man and a reluctant publicist.
Walter Lindner original works remain affordable, despite increasing interest and will become harder to find as that interest continues.
July 12, 2017
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