Year: 1969 Technique: Etching Paper size: 32 x 42cm Edition: 108/180 Signed
Friedrich Meckseper Bremen, Germany, 1936-2019 Friedrich Meckseper grew up in Stuttgart. Construction researcher Cord Meckseper is his older brother. He completed his training as a mechanic, which lasted from 1952 to 1955, with the planned professional aim of a locomotive designer. He then began studying at the State Academy of Fine Arts in Stuttgart under Karl Rössing, and continued at the Berlin University of Fine Arts from 1957 to 1959 under Wolf Hoffmann. The first of his etchings are also dated during this period. In addition to his artistic work, Meckseper was also interested in technology. He designed and built a steamboat from 1972 to 1974 and crossed the Alps five times between 1978 and 1986 in a gas balloon.
Meckseper was influenced by Anton Heyboer, Bissier, Athanasius Kircher, Leonardo da Vinci, Jheronimus Bosch and Saul Steinberg, among others. His oil paintings, etchings, collages, drawings and objects are often characterized by an enigmatic and mysterious tension in a minimalistic arrangement of objects, coupled with great precision in the technical execution. Technical elements such as gears and clocks can often be found in his work.