Germany 1942 – Australia 2012
Jörg Schmeisser was born in Stolp, Pomerania, Germany in 1942. He died in Canberra, Australia in 2012. From 1962-67 he studied at the Hamburg Fine Art Academy under Paul Wunderlich and continued his studies at the Kyoto Fine Art Academy from 1969-72. During the 60s and 70s he worked as a draughtsman/artist on archaeological digs in Israel and Greece.
He first visited Australia in 1967, returning in 1978 to take up the newly created position as head of the Printmaking Department at the Canberra School of Art (now ANU), a position he held for 20 years. After leaving the Canberra School of Art he spent 6 years’ teaching at the Kyoto City University of Arts.
His work from the 70s as draftsman for archaeologists recording and interpreting has an echo in work that resulted from travels to places as far apart as Yirrkala and Frecinet, Angkor and Venice, Ladakh and Antarctica.
Schmeisser made full use of the particular qualities of the medium printmaking (the multiple originals). He has 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.