Jörg Schmeisser—looking back: prints from the collection of Laurence O’Keefe and Christopher James
Jörg Schmeisser (1942–2012) was an internationally trained and critically acclaimed master printmaker whose etchings set a benchmark for technical brilliance and conceptual richness. He was the Head of Printmaking at the Australian National University School of Art in Canberra between 1978–96 where he was a highly influential teacher and mentor.
Schmeisser was a humanist, environmentalist, cultural historian and inveterate traveller. His vast printed oeuvre is a record of his wide-ranging journeys and sensitive observations of the simple and spectacular beauties of the world.
This collection of 34 works dating from 1968 to 2011, assembled over 40 years by Laurence O’Keefe and Christopher James, is a promised bequest to Geelong Gallery. The collection is a fine representation of the depth and breadth of Schmeisser’s graphic investigations and his beguiling technical mastery of drawing and the etching process.