Paintings and Drawings

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Z 596, 1969
40 1/2 in x 40 1/2 in
Acrylic on cast epoxy

Artist's Biography
Gottfried Honegger is a Swiss painter, sculptor and printmaker. He studied at the Kunstgewerbeschule, Zurich, and first worked as a designer. From the age of 20 he concentrated on graphic and commercial art, and it was not until 1957, with the creation of his first 'tableau-relief', that his career really began. Painting abstract works influenced by Zurich Concrete art and by contemporary American painting from 1950 onwards, Honegger developed as an artist during his stay in New York where his first exhibition was held at the Martha Jackson Gallery in 1960. Honegger settled in Paris in 1961, where he continued to experiment in painting and sculpture. His pictures were composed following a system and use simple, geometric forms in relief, executed in monochrome but with particular attention to technique and surface presentation. His shapes (squares, circles) are placed inside an orthogonal frame, following a pattern
established beforehand and always based on numerical calculation. The paintings are made up of sharp-edged cardboard pieces placed, with strengthened backing, on to canvas and covered with several layers of paint. In this manner, the artist obtained a relief effect on the surface that catches the light and gives the composition a changeable quality (e.g. Tableau-Relief 'Sibyl' Z 699, 1971; Dallas, TX, Mus. F.A.). Honegger also desired to allow chance to play a role in the programming of his works. His sculpture, which he produced from 1968 onwards, uses cubes, spheres and their multiples, producing system-based structures and relationships. Numerous public commissions in Europe and the USA since 1971 enabled Honegger to apply his theories on a monumental scale.

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