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HEINZ LECHNER

Austrian born Heinz Lechner is an international photographic artist who began his professional career in the music industry, first as a musician and then as a photographer. In the early 70’s, he played as the drummer and band member with notable rock musicians such as Joe Cocker and Frank Zappa.

When he commenced his photography career, he was selected as the official tour photographer for the Rolling Stones. His longstanding association with musicians, and his avid interest in jazz and rock music, both influence and interweave into much of his photographic artwork. During his commercial photographic career Mr. Lechner worked for top photography firms such as Bildtechnik, in Switzerland. In addition, at the Art Kane studio in New York City he specialized in fine photography for the fashion industry.

In 1980, he initiated his fine art photography career with his Reflections Series, a body of work which illustrates the merging of reality and illusion through photographing reflections on glass panes. The reflection technique continues to be Mr. Lechner’s hallmark, which includes the following sub-bodies of work: Environment Reflections, Nude Reflections, and Triptych Reflections.

The Triptychs comprise three interrelated reflections of the same subject or scene. When viewed together, these images reveal an enhanced visual understanding of the subtle beauty and complexity of the reflections themselves. Capturing the illusion of light and shadow, as reflected in various surfaces, Mr. Lechner displays his facility with film and photography, as well as his sensitivity to artistic creation. Seemingly mundane occurrences, such as morning dew on a window pane, become for Mr. Lechner a vast world of unexplored shadow, texture, color and composition.

 Heinz Lechner’s photographic artwork also importantly includes portraits of world-renowned figures and personalities that are portrayed in his Portrait Series, comprising four distinct bodies of artwork.  In the Portraits, Mr. Lechner takes a color portrait and then creates a portrait collage using black and white portrait overlays. During the creation of the initial Portraits, he listens to the individual’s favorite music as he creates, allowing the music to influence the creation of the piece. The Portraits are the result of the influence of the music, the unrevealed personality of the subject, and the artistic creativity of the collage work by Mr. Lechner.

Two additional bodies of artwork in the Portrait Series are Overprints and Scratches. Each of these bodies involves a different technique. Overprints are the result of combining two or more original Portraits to create a blended image. These Overprints reveal much about social commentary and artistic creation through the selection of pairing certain well-known individuals. Scratches are the result of manipulating the surface of the individual color photograph itself. Pulling through the layers of the photographic paper, Mr. Lechner carefully transforms the image of the portrait by controlling the depth of scratches into the paper. The results are at times startling, aggressive and shocking, but the effect is none the less dramatic in its final result.

The final body of work, Men at Work, is a comprehensive collection of photographs capturing notable individuals at work. These photographs possess a bold and powerful statement about the person at work, due to the photographic techniques of Mr. Lechner. These photographs transfix an active working personality for a brief moment in time, showing the true inner spirit of the individual at work.

In each of these four bodies of work in the Portrait Series, Mr. Lechner conducts an extensive interview with the individual before the photographic shoot commences. Ultimately, what is revealed is the unexpressed personality of the individual in the final picture. These series include a variety of notable figures, such as the Dalai Lama, Henry Kissinger, Federico Fellini, Muammar el Gaddafi, Miles Davis, John Paul II, Bob Dylan, Leonard Bernstein, and Nobel peace prize laureates; Betty Williams and Rigoberta Minchu.

Heinz Lechner’s photographic artwork displays brilliance in terms of innovative photographic techniques, cultural commentary and intellectual perceptions.

IN QUOTES

“Heinz Lechner is one of the creative geniuses of our time.”                       

                            Federico Fellini, Italian film director

 

"There is one photographic virtuoso and that is Heinz Lechner.”

                            Rudi Fuchs, Director of the Stedeljik Museum, Amsterdam

 

“Reflections Series is a style of work which illustrates the merging of reality and illusion through reflections on glass panes of windows and doors. After deep observation and concentration, Heinz Lechner discovers complicated refection patterns which can appear in a myriad of settings. He calculates the perfect timing of the shot where the picture merges reflection images with reality creating an effect where the difference between them is indistinguishable.”

 

“Heinz Lechner’s Reflection work has neither to do with documentation nor commentary. Rather, his work is focused on making the invisible visible, on capturing secret moments in which everything fits: light, mirror images, expressions, interior and exterior reflections. These are moments for which this artist expressly waits with patience and perseverance.”

 

“Lechner’s special gift is his ability to make the insignificant important and visible, to draw attention to what often remains unnoticed. What he wants to “report” is what happens when a window reflects light onto another window, the second the sunbeam lights an object, an area, a flower or a face, or even bizarre perspectives that suddenly appear, at times so bizarre that even the photographer himself cannot determine afterwards what was reality from what was mirrored. It is here that photography becomes an artistic medium in the same way that oil paints are for the painter, or clay is for the sculptor.”

                               Professor Angelica Baumer, European Art Critic

 

The Men at Work Series portrays personalities who are fascinated by their career in the sense of a test or a challenge. They are intensely involved in their work and have a sense fulfillment in life because of it. The variety of professionals that are represented in the series are painters, musicians, political leaders, journalists, psychologists, romancers, religious leaders, business CEOs etc. The convincing part of Heinz Lechner’s photo works is that he shows people in their actual working environment, and with his unmistakable technique, he reveals the connection between the working world and the aura of the personality. This is where Heinz Lechner’s work is beyond photography instead it becomes a psychograph.

                              Hans Dichand, Publisher/Art Critic, Paris & Vienna 

 

“Heinz Lechner has re-defined the intent of photography to reproduce reality. In opposition to the work of many contemporary photographers who purposely trivialize their subjects with an essential sameness, he (Lechner) digs into the mechanical elements which reveal an unknown or hidden reality.”

                             Marcia Corbino, member Intl’ Association of Art Critics

  

SOLO EXHIBITIONS

1979    Galerie in der Raiffeisenkasse, Schwaz, Austria

1980    Galerie im Taxispalais, Innsbruck, Austria

1980    Van Dyke’s Gallery, San Francisco, CA

1980    Galerie Atrium, Schwetzingen, Germany

1981    Galerie im Café 44, Innsbruck, Austria

1981    Galerie in der Raiffeisenkasse, Schwaz, Austria

1983    Galerie Pfeiffer, Vienna, Austria

1983    Dorotheum, Vienna, Austria

1983    Burg Hasegg, Hall, Austria

1984    Rabalderhaus, Schwaz, Austria

1985    Austrian Trade Assoiciation, Vienna, Austria

1987    ATW-Verkaufsleitung, Vienna, Austria

1987    Tabakmuseum, Vienna, Austria

1988    Fa. Renault, Vienna, Austria

1989    Museum of Modern Art, Vienna, Austria

1990    Gemeindesaal Oetz, Tyrol, Austria

1990    Tyrolean Museum of Fine Arts, Innsbruck, Austria

1991    Scloss Neuwaldegg, Vienna, Austria

1993    Kunstraum Vienna, Vienna, Austria

1994    Heilingbrunnerhof, Obertemperreith, Niederoesterreich, Austria

1994    Galerie im Taxispalais, Innsbruck, Austria

1994    Tabakmuseum, Vienna, Austria

1994    Museum of Applied Arts MAK, Vienna, Austria

1994    Museum of Modern Art, Rome, Italy

1995    Heilingbrunnerhof, Obertemperreith, Niederoesterreich, Austria

1995    Galerie Guth Maas & Maas, Reutlingen, Germany    

1995    Management Club, Vienna, Austria

1995    Kaderschule, St. Gallen, Switzerland

1995    Galerie Kern, Zurich, Switzerland

1995    Galerie Hausruck, Altenhof, Austria

1995    Kunstraum Vienna, Vienna, Austria

1996    EDV Teamwork-Galerie, Fiecht, Austria

1996    Selby Gallery, Sarasota, FL

1996    Galerie Guth Maas & Maas, Reutlingen, Germany

1996    Staedtische Galerie, Balingen, Germany

1997    Fulton Burt Gallery, Sarasota, FL

1998    Dengel Galerie, Reutte, Austria

1999    Vienna International Airport,Vienna, Austria

2000    Galerie Steinek, Vienna, Austria

2000    Patricia Laligant Gallery, New York, NY

2000    MCC Fine Art Gallery, Bradenton, FL

2001    Von Liebig Art Center, Naples, FL

2002    Tabakmuseum, Vienna, Austria

2002    Galerie Goldener Engl, Hall, Austria

2002    Erie Art Museum, Erie, PA

 

MUSEUM COLLECTIONS

Museum of Modern Art, Vienna, Austria

Museum of Applied Arts MAK, Vienna, Austria

Museum of the City of Vienna, Vienna, Austria

Tyrolean Museum of Art, Innsbruck, Austria

Vorarlberg Museum of Art, Bregenz, Austria

Museum of the City of Schwaz, Schwaz, Austria

Museum of the City of Hall, Hall, Austria

Museum of the City of Reutte, Reutte, Austria

Museo d’Arte Moderna, Rome, Italy

Baden-Wurttembergische Staatsgalerie, Stuttgart, Germany

Museum of Modern Art, Merano, Italy

Museum Joanneum, Graz, Austria

Erie Museum of Art, Erie, PA           

 

ADDITIONAL COLLECTIONS

Austrian Embassy in London, England

Austrian Embassy in Rome, Italy

Austrian Embassy in Tokyo, Japan

Austrian Embassy in Hong Kong, China

German Embassy in Prague, Chech Republic

American Embassy in Vienna, Austria

 

PRIVATE COLLECTIONS

The work of Heinz Lechner also resides in private collections in Austria, Switzerland, Germany, England, the Netherlands, Italy, Belgium, Japan, China and the United States.