Bernd Heinrich

Bernd HeinrichBorn in Weimar, Germany, Bernd studied at the Art Werkkunstschule in Augsburg for four years, graduating with an honours degree.

After arriving in Sydney in 1970, Bernd returned to Europe where he travelled, painted and exhibited extensively for two years before returning in 1975.

His paintings are complex and multi-layered. Their meanings, subtle and evasive. Heinrich describes his painting as dealing with “metaphor, unexplained things, emotional associations, and poetry”. For all their athletic, abstract painterliness, his paintings retain strong references to the landscape, or to the figure, or to humanity’s accoutrements.

Since he started exhibiting in 1974, Bernd's work has appeared in numerous solo and group exhibitions. His portraits of Garry McDonald and Thomas Keneally were selected for the Archibald Prize - with the latter now hanging in the National Portrait Gallery in Canberra. His work has featured many times in a number of other prominent art prizes including the Wynne Art Prize and the Dobell Art Prize and hangs in numerous private collections around the globe.

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