In the 1980s Donald Baechler achieved stunning success as a young artist with his distinctive Pop Art style that mixed confident color choices with lively images. Making use of childhood imagery, juvenile drawings, and found paper scraps, Baechler's works combine painting, collage, and drawing, delighting in using overly-familiar motifs. An obsessive collector of visual imagery, Baechler hoards depictions of toys, maps, and magazine… Read more
About the artwork
Baechler's naïve rendering of the life of a boy with its simple silhouettes and monochrome color palette taps into a certain sense of nostalgia for childhood. Yet the formal balance of the print also reveals a deep concern for the compositional qualities of the image; the figures lack detail and serve as shapes more than actual representations of boys. As Baechler said himself, "I'm an abstract artist before anything else".