Donald Baechler (Hatford, CT, 1956) began exhibiting his work in New York in the 1980s at the legendary Tony Shafrazi Gallery alongside a group of artists and friends that included Keith Haring, Kenny Scharf, and Jean-Michel Basquiat.
He is known predominantly for his intensely reworked graphical work and paintings which return frequently to a group of motifs and characters: ice-cream cones, thumbs-up, Disney-esque fawns, as well as more clichéd images from art history – flowers, skulls, and globes. Executed in the ancient medium of Gesso, flashe paint on canvas or paper collage, Baechlers' are multi-layered works that speak volumes about the painterly process itself.
Baechler has often referred to himself as a collector, of imagery and references – biographical, art historical, visual ephemera – forming a rich archive in his work over the years. His influences are wide-ranging – from Giotto to the abstract expressionists to American folk art and Cy Twombly.
While Baechler also describes himself as a formalist – putting line and form above narrative meaning. But his work has an artistic language of its own, a visual syntax that merits close study. The viewer is invited to excavate each work, layer by layer – a richly rewarding experience.
As Katya Tylevich notes in her description of Baechler’s work, “the visual language gives the surface appearance of effortlessness and pleasure.” (Donald Baechler: New Works, Reflex Editions, 2016)
The silkscreen print entitled "Popcorn" was produced in close collaboration with the artist on the occasion of his 2016 show titled New Works and is accompanied by a signed copy of the eponymously titled edition.