Gunter Damisch

Born 1958 in Steyr/Upper Austria
Died 2016 in Vienna
Lived and worked in Vienna and Freidegg

1977 Matura in Linz
1977-1983 Studies at the Academy of Fine Arts, Vienna, master class of Prof. Max Melcher and Prof. Arnulf Rainer, diploma in graphic arts
1983 Römerquelle Art Prize
1985 Otto Mauer Prize; Max Weiler Prize
1991 Karl Rössing Prize
1992 Visiting Professor at the Academy of Fine Arts, Vienna, Master Class in Graphic Arts
1995 Prize of the City of Vienna
1996 Anton Faistauer Prize for Painting of the Province of Salzburg
1997 Full professorship at the Academy of Fine Arts, Vienna
1998 Prize at the 2nd International Graphic Art Triennial, Prague; Upper Austrian Cultural Prize for Graphic Art
2011 Appreciation Award of the Province of Lower Austria

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Art, Gunter Damisch once said, has something to do with the lust for life, with "growing into life". He expressed this growing into life and the desire for art in many different ways and in multimedia: Painting, ceramics, aluminium sculptures, bronze sculptures, drawing, photography, collage and screen printing. He described his working process as "mostly inauthentic. Omission and doubling. Camouflage and expression." And he specified, "I'm not interested in becoming a specialist in one genre, but in asking questions with different methods." Whenever his painting was described as "literary", he gently corrected: no, he did not want to tell stories. Indeed, he did not depict the world. But he was a world builder who, with his serial clusters and accumulations of colour, with wipes and scrapings, with his streaky, spiky flagellate animals and stick figures, opened up the space of the two-dimensional canvas into infinity: into that unknown universe which it is the duty of art to explore and which he called Hyacinth Silver World Flicker Centre, or Luminous Red Silver Road Net and Silver World Hole Field Love Sorrow Collage. And which he densely populated with soul beings called Nocturnal Bubble Stealers, Flickering Flamers, Observers of the World's Fullness and Standers. He let them float, as it were, over his art fields, yes, dance. Equal, without a centre, no middle, image-filling...
(Andrea Schurian: Gunter Damisch 1958-2016, Der Standard, 2016)

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Yellowfield Worlds

2007, Oil on canvas, 180 x 210 cm

Exhibition view galerie gölles Gunter Damisch

Worlds Tower Construct, 2013, aluminium, 247 x 45 x 50 cm

World Scarfing Site II

2013 - 2014, Woodcut, 3 + 2 AP, 197 x 121 cm



Gallery Gölles, Fürstenfeld (with Ronald Kodritsch)
Gallery Ernst Hilger, Im Hochhaus, Vienna

Gallery 422 Margund Lössl, Gmunden
Hilger Gallery, Vienna
Gallery Elisabeth & Klaus Thoman, Innsbruck
Hilger Gallery, Vienna

Kunstlocatie Würth s'Hertogenbosch, Netherlands
Gallery Welz, Salzburg
Hilger Gallery, Vienna

Gallery at the Albertina, Vienna

Gallery Hilger, Vienna
Gallery 422 Margund Lössl, Gmunden

Palace Milesi and Gallery Kula, Split, Croatia (catalogue)
Ernst Hilger at Mana Contemporary, New Jersey, USA
City Gallery Klagenfurt, Carinthia
Gölles Gallery, Fürstenfeld

Mistelbach Art Association
Egon Schiele Art Centre, Krumau
Museum of Modern Art Wörlen, Passau
Hilger NEXT Gallery, Vienna
Parz Castle, Grießkirchen
Reykjavik Art Museum, Hafnarhus, Iceland

Albertina, Vienna
Provincial Gallery for Contemporary Art, St.Pölten
Gallery Hametner, Stoob
Gallery 422, Gmunden

Macro Micro, Albertina, Vienna, 2013
Gallery Elisabeth & Klaus Thoman, Innsbruck
Museum Würth, Künzelsau

Gallery Schmidt, Hall in Tyrol
Gallery Storrer, Zurich
Gallery Gaudens Pedit, Lienz
Gallery Lendl, Graz

Gallery 3, Klagenfurt
Gallery 422, Gmunden
Art Association Steyr, Lamberg Castle
RLB Studio, Lienz
Gallery Ernst Hilger, Vienna
Hilger Contemporary, Vienna

Gallery Parz Castle, Linz
Gallery Thiele, Linz
Gallery Alber, Bregenz
Gironcoli Museum at Herberstein Castle, Herberstein

Gallery Welz, Salzburg "Weltwegsteher - Flämmlerfelder" (World Wayfarers - Flemish Fields)
District Administration Melk, "Weltwegnetze" (World Paths)
Gallery at the Albertina, Vienna

Gallery Gölles, Fürstenfeld
Gallery Marie-José van de Loo, Munich

Gallery 422, Gmunden
Gallery Elisabeth & Klaus Thoman, Innsbruck (with Leiko Ikemura)
Gallery Exner, Vienna

Gallery 3, Klagenfurt

Gallery Storrer, Zurich
Gallery Figl, Linz
Gallery Gölles, Fürstenfeld (with Rudi Molacek)

Gallery Lendl, Graz
Gallery am Stein, Schärding
Gallery Marie-José van de Loo, Munich
Ploner Collection, "From the World Garden", Vienna
Würth Collection, Böheimkirchen


"Schwebende Linien" Group exhibition with Joannis Avramidis, Christine de Pauli, Uwe Hauenfels, Roman Pfeffer and Birgit Zinner.
Curators: Theresia Hauenfels & Iris Stöckl
Künstlerhaus Klagenfurt, March 2020

March 2020
Galerie Gölles, Fürstenfeld, exhibition with Ronald Kodritsch.
Opening speech by Roman Grabner

"XXL estampes monumentales contemporaines" Musée des Beaux-Arts de Caen, Caen, France

"Albertina Contemporary", Albertina, Vienna
"Max Melcher Master School", Kunstverein Steyr
"25 Visions", Gerersdorfer Gallery, Vienna
"Experimentelle20" Ulmerfeld Castle, Lower Austria
"Gunter Damisch and former students of the Damisch class" Schloss Parz, Grieskirchen
"Vienna waits for you - take care!" Elisabeth & Klaus Thoman Gallery, Vienna
"We here" Museum of Modern Art Wöhrlen, Passau

"Art - Coordinates Collection Exhibition 3", Museum Angerlehner, Wels
"Art in Puttbus", Circus Eins, Puttbus, Rügen
"Young and Wild - The 1980s in Munich", Bavarian Academy of Fine Arts, Munich (catalogue)
"Abstract Painting Now!", Kunsthalle Krems (catalogue)
"Art on Paper", Kunsthaus Weiz and Kunsthaus Deutschvilla, Strobl/Wolfgangsee (catalogue)
"Under a Thousand", Gallery Schloß Parz, Grieskirchen
"Fantastic", Kunsthalle Leoben (catalogue)
"A.E.I.O.U.", Artforum Würth, Capena, Italy
"the art collection aspect: colour!", Art Collection of the Province of Upper Austria, Linz
"Encore sous pression - Atelier Michael Woolworth, Paris", Centre de la Gravure de l'Image imprimée, La Louviére, Belgium (catalogue)

"Painting in Transition - The Ploner Collection", Neue Galerie Graz, Universalmuseum Joanneum (cat.)
"The Hilger Collection - Part 1", Brot Hilger Kunsthalle, Vienna
"Paper Work III", Gerersdorfer Gallery, Vienna
"Next Generation", Gallery Gaudens Pedit, Kitzbühel

"From Hockney to Hollbein, The Würth Collection in Berlin", Martin Gropius Bau, Berlin
"The Wild Years", Museum Essl, Klosterneuburg
"Painting as a matter of course - Ploner Collection", Lower Belvedere, Vienna
"Art after 1945", Gallery Kovacek, Vienna
"Colours-Lights", Gallery Gaudens Pedit, Kitzbühel
"Printed", artunited, Vienna
"The Austrian Drawing", Kunstverein Horn
"Orginals from.....", Gallery Gölles, Fürstenfeld
Kalkburger Association Gallery, with Hubert Scheibl, Vienna
"Gunter Damisch.Graf+Zyx - Strategic Complements 1", Tank.203.3040.AT, Neulengbach

"Winterreigen" Gallery Schmidt, Reith im Alpbachtahl
"25 years, 25 works" Kulturhof Weistrach

"GrauRand" Palais Liechtenstein, Feldkirch "The Art of Line", John B.Aird Gallery, Toronto
"A private collection becomes public", Museum Angerlehner ,Wels

"Flaschdance" Lower Austrian Documentation Centre for Modern Art, St.Pölten
"Abstraction/Figuration, Austrian Contemporary Art", curator Edelbert Köb, Art Museum Sochi, Russia
"Night in Twilight", Lower Belvedere, Vienna
"spring" Gallery Gaudens Pedit, Lienz
"Gunter Damisch, Hencze Tamás", Austrian Cultural Forum Budapest, Hungary
"Drawing", Gallery 422, Gmunden
"Beppo - a kind of homage", Gallery Hofkabinett Linz
"Home Story", Gallery Gaudens Pedit, Lienz
"Warm-up", Gallery Gaudens Pedit, Kitzbühel
"MARS Glass Edition", MAK ART Society and J & L. Lobmeyr, MAK, Vienna

"To Whom the Bell Tolls", Gunter Damisch and class, DOK, St. Pölten
"focus: Abstraction", works from the Essl Collection, Essl Museum, Klosterneuburg
"Collector's Passion", Molacek Collection, Admont Monastery, Admont
"Art of the 20th, 21st century", Galerie Welz, Salzburg
"Airworks", sculptures made of plastic, in front of the Vienna Museum Quarter
"10 Rooms - 10 Positions", Urban Collection, Waidhofen/Ybbs
"Frogbearfant and other animals in art", Galerie im Traklhaus, Salzburg
"Art Austria 11", Gallery Gerersdorfer, Vienna
"Junge Wilde", works on paper, Lentos Museum, Linz
"Blätterrausch", graphics from the Gegenhüber Collection, Kulturhof Weistrach
Museum Liaunig, Neuhaus
"Red Yellow Blue or Grey", Rudi Molacek and friends, Gallery Oberösterreichischer Kunstverein, Linz
"Artistbooks", Michael Woolworth Publication, Gallery of the Edition Méridianes, Montpellier
"The 80s: New Painting Collected #1", Tresor, Bank Austria Kunstforum
"Winterreigen", Gallery Schmidt, Reith im Alpbachtal
"The Excitement continues", contemporary art from the Leopold II Collection, Leopold Museum, Vienna

"Lentos Freunde", exhibition on the occasion of the 25th anniversary, Lentos Museum, Linz (catalogue)
"Experimental 16", Castle Randegg, Gottmadingen

Museum Liaunig, 2009
Kunstverein Steyr, Lamberg Castle, "
Museum of Modern Art, Passau "One to the Other"
Pictures from the Riedl Collection
"Landscape contemporary", various locations Lower Austria
"Airworks" Art for one day, Borealis, Linz
Gallery Gerersdorfer, "Art Austria 09", Vienna
Dommuseum, "Expression and Meditation. From the Rombold Collection", Vienna

Gallery 3, Klagenfurt, "Red
Lentos Art Museum, Linz "Politics loves art"
Blue-Yellow Gallery, Weistrach "Black & White
Randegg Castle, "Experimental 15", Gottmadingen
Gerersdorfer Gallery, Vienna "Art Austria 08
Gallery Gölles, Fürstenfeld "an original from..."
Eva & Franz Stanislaus Mrkvicka, Vienna "Art on Paper"
Investkredit Bank AG, "Gunter Damisch and New Talents
Artroom Würth Austria, Böheimkirchen "Context Figure"
Lower Austrian State Museum "Art in Public Space", Museum Garden
Schmidt Gallery, Reith im Alpachtal, "Anniversary Exhibition
15 Years Gallery Schmidt"
Marie-José van de Loo Gallery, Munich "Introspektive
Albertina, Vienna "Austrian Art from the Albertina after 1970".

Frey Gallery, Vienna, "Red
Kulturhof Weistrach, "Artists in the Mostviertel", Vienna
Gerersdorfer Gallery, Vienna, "Art Austria 07
Gallery 422 Margund Lössl, Gmunden, "Drawings
European Central Bank, Frankfurt, "Insights - Works from the Collection of the Austrian National Bank".
MUSA, Vienna, "Not seen for a long time
Gallery Exner, Vienna, "Untitled
Gallery 422 Margund Lössl, Gmunden, "Images of People
Rupertinum, Museum of Modern Art Salzburg, "Highlights of the Collection, from Klimt to Krystufek".
Lentos Museum, Linz, "Great Paintings
Essl Museum, Klosterneuburg, "A Tribute 35 Years of Essl Collection
Ulmerfeld Castle, Hausmening, "Above Water

Palais Eppstein, Vienna, "Inexpensive
Hofburg, Presidential Chancellery, Vienna, "Sigmund Freud in Works of Art
Freihausgasse Gallery, Villach, "Understanding/Misunderstanding
Gallery Schmidt, Reith/Alpachtal
Gerersdorfer Gallery, Vienna, "Austria Abstract
Kulturforum Würth, Künzelsau, "Context Figure

MUMOK, Vienna, "Discovering and Owning
MUMOK, Vienna, "China retour" (catalogue)
Marie-José van de Loo Gallery, Munich, "Cosmologies
Gerersdorfer Gallery, Vienna, "Span" (catalogue)
Ulmerfeld Castle, Hausmening, "Free Space Painting
Atelier Augarten, Vienna, "50 Years of Contemporary Art
MUMOK, Vienna, "China retour" 2005

Museum of Modern Art. Salzburg "Vision of a Collection
Traklhaus Graphic Workshop, Salzburg "50 Years
Municipal Gallery in the Schoßpark, Herne "Zeichner 9"
Gallery Wölfgang Exner, Vienna