1940 born in Nueremberg / Germany
1959 Graduated High School
1960 – 1965 Study at Technical University Munich
1967 Begin of Painting Activities
1971 – 1973 Artistic Education by Altschäffel in Schweinfurt
since 1974 Art Information Trips to France, Spain, Italy, USA, Israel, China, India
2002 Design of the Citizen Medal for the Municipality of the Town of
since 2006 member of the European artist group “Colectivo Cillero”
since 1966 living in Bad Neustadt / Saale , Germany
Augsburg , Bad Neustadt , Bamberg , Berlin , Erlangen , Essen , Karlsruhe , Luxembourg , Munich , Nueremberg , Regensburg , Stuttgart , Wuerzburg
-- Artist Association „Form und Farbe e.V.“ , Bamberg
-- „Kunstverein“ Bad Neustadt
-- European artist group „Colectivo Cillero“
-- „Bezirksamt“ Berlin / Neukölln
-- Siemens AG Bad Neustadt
-- „Kulturkreis“ Siemens Berlin
-- „Bayerische Beamten Versicherungen“ Munich
-- „Aquarellmalerei aus Norbayern“ , Historical Museums Nueremberg
-- „Schöpfungslandschaften“, Eulen Verlag , Friburg , 1986
-- „Faszination des Aquarells“ , arte-factum-Verlag , Nueremberg , 1988
-- „Indirekte Malerei“ , Palette Verlagsgesellschaft mbH , Koblenz , 2005
-- Grand Prix International de Prestige M.C.A. de Cannes-Azur 2006 and 2007 , France
-- 15. Europ`ART Geneve 2006 , Switzerland
-- Art Fair Salzburg 2006 , Austria
-- Art Fair Reggio Emilia , 2006 and 2009, Italy
-- Gallery Thuillier , Paris 2007 , France
-- Art Fair Stockholm 2007 , Sveden
-- Art Innsbruck 2007 , Austria
-- ARTEXPO New York 2007 , USA
-- Art Fair Shanghai 2008, China with gallery Artodrome, Berlin
-- LDX-Gallery, Beijing 2010, China
-- Group exhibitions with “Colectivo Cillero” 2007-2011 in: Madrid, Baignes, Albacete,
Toledo, Hellin, Covilha, Bad Neustadt, Sintra
-- Opera Gallery, Budapest 2010, Ungary
-- Art Taipei 2011, Taiwan
-- LDX-Gallery, Beijing 2011, China
-- Art Palm Beach 2012, Florida
-- Art Taipei 2012, Taiwan
-- First Price of the Palm Art Award 2005 , Art-Domain Gallery , Leipzig , Germany
-- Médaille d`Argent , Exposition Internationale , M.C.A. , Cannes-Azur 2006 , France
-- Médaille d` Or , Exposition Internationale , M.C.A. , Cannes-Azur 2007 , France
-- Diplom of Honour , SEETAL-Competition 2006 , Kunst-Forum-International, Switzerland
-- Diploma of Excellence, Art Now 2010, Artoteque, London
Metamorphosis through „The Colour White“
Friedhard Meyer actually in his paintings is working with Veiling Techniques. He discovered the colour White as the noblest and most elegant method of veiling the subjects of his paintings. White is able to cover up or to unveil what lies beneath. Thus Friedhard Meyer has complete control over the things he would like to reveal openly and those he prefers hidden away in the deeper layers of paint. He moves between methods that veil things through abstraction and others that make them visible through representation.
In these paintings a colourful basis is gradually erased by White, until only a little of the colour is visible ( sometimes more, sometimes less ).The colours particularly are shining behind the White. The nobless of White is shown.
This process is that of a metamorphosis through “The Colour White”.It is going along with the change from a colourful lively abstract or figurative prepainting to a more harmonious and calm perception in the end phase of the veiling process through White.
This method often transforms the painting into a poetic, dreamy and mysterious world that still foreshadows the things behind.
For the observer it is exciting to discover the hidden worlds behind the White.
Sometimes the individual elements of my pictures pop out of my imagination spontaneously during the working process, and sometimes I call them up from “stored travel memories”. Often the themes develop playfully during the work. Nothing restricts me more than a preconceived, rigorous idea for a picture. Instead, it is much more common for me that the idea for a picture and its design emerge interdependently, i.e., during the working process new picture ideas can appear that are then later realised during the continued course of the work through the appropriate choice of colour and shape. The development of the picture takes place so to speak in a phased, gradual interplay between its design and its idea. Only in this way is the painter carried along by the cloud of “endless lightness”.
A prerequisite for the picture’s successful completion is nevertheless the attainment of a “certain determination”, or the willingness to fully accept the trying nature of this process. This is not always automatically possible.
Preface to the Catalogue of Friedhard Meyer
It was in March 2005 that I first came across some of Friedhard Meyer´s works and it was only a few days later that I met the painter himself. He had come to Leipzig in Saxony for the opening of an exhibition of fifteen of his more recent paintings at the Art Domain Gallery.
The presentiment of dealing with something special stirred within me the moment I saw these timelessly magic paintings. Not surprisingly, the paintings on display met with an extraordinary response from the visitors of the Leipzig exhibition who not only showed their deep admiration for these works of art but were also keen on buying them.
What is it that makes Meyer´s paintings so special and attractive? I think it is first of all the delicacy of his pictorial expression – a quality that is becoming harder and harder to find – that conveys an extremely rare touch of preciousness to the visible surface of his works. Every single one of his paintings seems to be praising the magic of artistic creation.
Countless layers of colour mix and play with the light broken in various ways by different levels of opacity, thus offering to the eye of the spectator a magnificent riot of colour in the tradition of Delacroix.
It is in perfect harmony with this that these peculiarly dream and fairy-tale-like imaginary worlds unlock for us those dimensions which, for short moments, make us feel at home.
My view of Friedhard Meyer´s work is shared by the five jurors who, in December 2005, had to choose the winners of the 2005 Palm Art Award among about one hundred nominated contemporary artists from Europe, America, Australia, and Asia. Friedhard Meyer was awarded the first prize for the originality and quality of his work.
Leipzig, June 2007
Ulrich Goette Himmelblau
Director of the Art Domain Gallery