Don Reichert Wanted for Purchase or Consignment

(1932 - 2013) RCA

Don Reichert was a Canadian artist. While primarily a painter in the abstract expressionist tradition, he is also notable as a photographer and digital media artist. Born in Libau, Manitoba in 1932 to parents who had immigrated from Austria, he studied art in Canada, Mexico, and England. He taught for many years at the University of Manitoba. Praised early on by the critic Clement Greenberg, Reichert has produced work that is held in many notable public, corporate and private collections, including the National Gallery of Canada, the Art Gallery of Ontario, the Montreal Museum of Fine Art, and the Canada Council Art Bank, among others.

Reichert's early work often combined the elegant brush-strokes of abstract expressionist painting with the techniques of color field composition. Other significant strands of his work center on black-and-white paintings resembling Asian calligraphy, or on the use of Latin American imagery, particularly skull imagery derived from various Latin American ruins. He is perhaps best known, though, for large canvasses painted out of doors. While abstract, these are reflective of the landscapes around him, often the forests and lakes of the Canadian Shield. The technique of composition is unusual: canvasses are laid on the uneven ground, and the impression of the earth beneath is subtly incorporated into the composition.

Multimedia works include photographs that have been painted over, often with elegant splattering or dripping in the style of Jackson Pollock. He has also created works that incorporate photographs into painting. As Reichert is an accomplished pilot, many of these are aerial photographs: a continuation of his ongoing interest in landscape.

He has worked closely with internationally-acclaimed ceramic artist Robert Archambeau. Both artists operate studios in the remote Canadian town of Bissett, Manitoba.

Reichert has for some years been affiliated with the arts magazine Border Crossings.

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Fickle March
Frank Johnston
oil (20x24 in) 1928
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A View of Sandy Cove
Maud Lewis
Oil on Board (13.25x18.25 in) circa 1956
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Female Oxen in Pasture
Maud Lewis
oil on panel (11.25x12 in) 1966
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Country Road, L
Alexander Young Jackson
oil (21x26 in) 1935
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Farms Near Hybla
Alfred Joseph Casson
oil on panel (24x30 in) 1955
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Blue Rocks, Nova Scotia
Stanley Royle
oil on panel (12x16 in) 1941
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Henriette Fauteux-Masse
oil on artist board (10x9.75 in) circa 1958
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Totems 1/7
Sorel Etrog
Bronze (14x10x10 in) 1981
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Fordham University
David Milne
watercolour (17.5x22.5 in) 1915
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Fawn
Leo Mol
Ceramic (7x5x2.5 in) 1959
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