Galerie Voss is pleased to present the exhibition “Harding Meyer - known unknowns”. Meyers portraits dealing with extreme close-ups not unlike those with which filmmakers signal a characters emotions. Indeed, the Golden Age of Hollywood saw the development of a special eyelight to lend dramatic emphasis to such revelations by putting a sparkle in an actors or actresss eye and frequently offering clues to his or her intentions. The painted portrait had long since employed such highlights to lend vividness to the sitters gaze, and the works of Harding Meyer are no exception. With such classic techniques he lends his figures a compelling individuation that belies their anonymous origins, integrating them into the family of man through the sheer, transmogrifying force of his art.
(from: Pentimenti Redux by David Galloway, 2016)
Harding Meyer, o.T. (25-2021), oil on canvas, 2021, 90 x 110 cm
Meyer focuses on the human face, especially the eyes.
Harding Meyer, o.T. (23-2021), oil on canvas, 2021, 90 x 110 cm
His paintings stand out for their striking brushwork and spatula scrapings.
Harding Meyer, o.T. (42-2020), oil on canvas, 2020, 170 x 220cm
Large-scale portraits in a photorealistic style.
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Harding Meyer is a contemporary Brazilian artist known for large-scale portraits in a photorealistic style. His paintings stand out for their striking brushwork and spatula scrapings. Meyer focuses on the human face, especially the eyes. They are detailed studies against a monochrome background, the models for which are taken from magazines, films and television. His works reflect both horizontal, linear structures reminiscent of television stills and the geometric, pixelated forms of images from the internet. Born in 1964 in the Brazilian port city of Porto Alegre, Meyer studied at the State Academy of Fine Arts in Karlsruhe, where he continues to live and work.