Jörg Schmeisser 1942-2012
Jörg Schmeisser was born in Pomerania, Germany in 1942 and died in Canberra, Australia in 2012. He once stated, ‘I am a printmaker. I make prints’. Schmeisser studied in Germany and Japan, taught in Hamburg and was for 20 years Head of Printmaking at the Canberra School of Art (now ANU). He also taught for 6 years at the Kyoto City University of Arts. In the 1970s he worked as draftsman for archaeologists recording finds. Schmeisser travelled widely to places as far apart as Yirrkala and Frecinet, Angkor and Venice, Ladakh and Antarctica. He made full use of the particular qualities of the medium printmaking (the multiple originals).
Schmeisser had more than 200 solo exhibitions worldwide. His work is held in private and regional collections as well as major collections such as Staatliche Sammlungen Dresden , the National Gallery of America, British Museum and the National Gallery of Australia.