Donald Baechler

In his artworks, Donald Baechler places crudely rendered line drawings of men, women, body parts, vegetables, or flowers against richly built-up backgrounds of paint, pentimenti, and collaged sheets of paper. Like Jean Dubuffet's Art Brut, Baechler was inspired by the immediacy and spontaneity of the untrained artist: the art of the insane, children's schoolwork, and graffiti. But while his interest in tapping the subconscious to create odd juxtapositions of seemingly unrelated images or objects links him to the Surrealist tradition, his interest in painterly, textured surfaces is closer in spirit to abstract artists like Cy Twombly or Robert Ryman. Bypassing the compressed flatness that is a natural result of the printing process, his collage-based layering processes translate well into a wide variety of print media.


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