Donald Baechler American, b. 1956
Born in Hartford, Connecticut in 1956, Donald Baechler studied at the Maryland Institute, College of Art, Baltimore; Cooper Union, New York and Staatliche Hochschule für bildende Künste, “Staedelschule” Frankfurt am Main, Germany. He came of age as a painter in the early 1980's when he began exhibiting internationally.
Baechler works from his great inventory of worldly images. Recorded on slides and collected in the archives of his enormous Lower Manhattan studio, they are the sources for many of the compelling images in his paintings and graphic works. The cast of characters, which also includes himself, comes from every source imaginable, and are stamped, silk- screened, projected, drawn, painted, printed or collaged onto surfaces. Then the process begins: underpainting, overpainting, canceling, adding,subtracting, editing until the final work emerges.
Critics have stated that Donald Baechler’s work “places him in the painterly tribe of Twombly, Ryman, Rauschenberg and Schwitters.” Today, his works are held in the collections of the Goetz Collection in Munich, The Museum of Modern Art in New York, and the Philadelphia Museum of Art, among others. Baechler lives and works in New York, New York.