Heiner Meyer (english)
Heiner Meyer’s painting is characterized by consistency and undogmatic intransigence, and likewise by the principles of an arte sull’arte—art whose primary theme is art itself.
In his works, he confidently layers quotes and adaptations of a wide range of sources one above the other and in doing so demonstrates the simultaneity of the non-simultaneous. Classic Greek sculptures, portraits of movie stars from the fifties, Mickey Mouse and other comic-book characters, butterflies, and cubes are the recurring set pieces in Meyer’s idiom and quoted in ever-new constellations and confrontations.
This subjective iconography is reconstructed from picture to picture; there is no connecting or even binding scheme. Meyer’s art is always a new creation—never repetition; his painterly vocabulary is declined and conjugated in a different way in each work. In the process, the artists never lapses into the suggestion of his models—that is, the pictures that were there before his; both the stars of antique mythology as well as the Hollywood stars are quoted from a relativizing distance; their aura is processed and not venerated! It is out of this distance to his themes that Meyer achieves the absolute freedom in his painting, in which the sublime appears alongside the trivial, past alongside present, realistic alongside abstract, elite alongside popular.
Heiner Meyer’s works have been presented in more than two hundred group and solo exhibitions and his oeuvre being represented in a large number of public and private collections.
Heiner Meyer ( DE-1953 )
Born in Bielefeld
1972 First solo exhibition at Galerie Bernhard Hüning, Münster
1973–1974 Stay in London and Cadaquès
1973 Assistant to Salvador Dalí in Port Liggat, Spain
1977 Begins study of fine arts at the Hochschule der Bildenden Künste in
Braunschweig, at first with Profs. Hermann Albert and Lienhard von
Monkiewitsch, later with Prof. Karl Schulz and Prof. Malthe Sartorius
1981 Was named master student by Prof. Malthe Sartorius • recipient of Rudolf-Wilke
Prize of the City of Braunschweig
1982 Art Prize of the Lottogesellschaft Lower Saxony • Prize recipient
1983 Teaching position at HBK Braunschweig • marries Brigitte Worbs • sets up first
studio in Bielefeld
1986–1990 Teaching position at the Fachhochschule Bielefeld, Department of Visual
1987 Ebernburg Grant of the State of Rhineland-Palatinate
1993 Supported by the Ministry of Culture of the State of NRW • completes many
projects for museums in the following years • three museums in the Eastern
Westphalia region simultaneously present overview of his work to date
1996 Receives travel stipend for Japan from the Goethe Institute Kansai
2004 Move to a larger studio
2010 until today Heiner Meyer lives and works in Bielefeld