Harding Meyer

Harding Meyer

Germany 1964



Harding Meyer
Harding Meyer
December 14, 2014

The modern everyday is unimaginable without the digital media – commercials, shows, movies, and music videos widely fill the gap of time and entertain the wider public. In the transition through the mediums, the emotion can get lost within the mass of content, and individual characters portrayed are often much alike one another in this regard. Pulling them out of the TV and computer screens, the German contemporary artist Harding Meyer paints the well-known faces and instills a certain depth of humanity and feelings that are hardly transmitted as such in their digital counterparts. With a practice focused on portraiture, Meyer shows us a whole new side to the all-too-familiar faces.

Harding Meyer portrays a new side of faces of people seen in public media

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Harding Meyer – Untitled (17-2012), 2012

A New Context

Harding Meyer’s focus is rather straightforward in narrative – depicting faces seen in TV shows, movies, magazines and catalogs, Meyer pulls them out of their original surroundings and gives back the characters their individuality. Leaving their background and on-screen purpose out of the equation, he decontextualizes the original “image” of the people depicted, portraying a different personality than the one seen on the screen. By placing the face in such a close relation to the viewer, he makes each of his pieces very personal and they do not disappoint when it comes to emotion. They say that the eyes are the doors to the soul, and Meyer’s oil paintings truly give meaning to these words.

Each of Meyer’s close-up pieces are very personal

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Landscape Portraits

Oddly enough, most of his portraits are placed upon slightly horizontally aligned canvases contrary to the generally accepted norm of vertical alignment. Through this detail, Meyer keeps the connection between the original medium of the screen and it isn’t the only bond. Treating the many layers of paint with a palette knife, his portraits, smudged and blurred at certain points, remind a lot of pixels constituting a computer image or the horizontal lines often seen on the TV screen. In a process that may take up to six months, Meyer has managed to merge portraiture and the landscape format, instilling his pieces with an eerie feeling that binds the viewer.

Meyer’s paintings tend to be slightly horizontally aligned, contrary to the generally accepted norm

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Harding Meyer – Untitled (23-2014), 2014

The Essence of Personality

Although you may have seen the people in his paintings before, Harding Meyer throws a completely different light on the characters he chooses to depict. With his practice formed around the figures seen in the widespread media, the artist captures the essence of personality and portrays it through the faces stripped of their former roles, titles, and names. Picking his subjects out of the endless pool of the screen, Meyer seems to bring some of the medium’s technical characteristics over to the canvas as well, creating an unconventionally oriented “landscape portraits” that are bound to hold the attention and connect with any viewer.

Harding Meyer lives and works in Berlin and Karlsruhe.

Featured image: Harding Meyer – Untitled (23-2014) (detail), 2014. All images credit Harding Meyer.
All photos used for illustrative purposes only.

YearExhibition TitleGallery/MuseumSolo/Group
2015Archaeology of the FaceOdon Wagner Gallery, TorontoSolo
2014Harding Meyer GALERIE FREY, Wien Solo
2014Harding Meyer - Recent paintings Galerie Voss, DüsseldorfSolo
2014Even Better Than The Real Thing GALERIE FREY, Salzburg Group
201410 Years, Art in Progress GALERIE FREY, WienGroup
2013Harding Meyer - MalereiGalerie Ilka Klose, WürzburgSolo
2013Eye to Eye – Portraits by Harding Meyer - KataraCultural Village Foundation, DohaSolo
2013PinxitGalerie Thomas Hühsam, OffenbachGroup
2013Sein oder nicht seinDas zeitgenössiche Porträt - munichmodern, MünchenGroup
2013DismantlingGalerie Jarmuschek+Partner, Berlin Group
2013Boy `n`girlsStaatliche Kunsthalle Karlsruhe, KarlsruheGroup
2012Harding Meyer - Likeness  GALERIE FREY, SalzburgSolo
2012Harding Meyer - featuresGalerie Voss, DüsseldorfSolo
2012Von Kopf bis Fuß Kunsthalle Würth,Schwäbisch HallGroup
2012Face-to-FaceNeue Galerie Gladbeck, GladbeckGroup
2012Features Galerie Jarmuschek+Partner, Berlin Group
2012PreviewGALERIE FREY, Salzburg Group
2012Group exhibitArt & Space Gallery, MünchenGroup
2011New FacesLausberg Contemporary, Toronto, ONSolo
2011Harding Meyer - humaniseEmsdettener Kunstverein e.V., EmsdettenSolo
2011HARDING MEYER - to be a real visionGalerie Voss, DüsseldorfSolo
2011Upstairs DownstairsLausberg Contemporary, Toronto, ONGroup
2011Shadows of the BrightBerlin Art Projects - Showroom, BerlinGroup
2010Harding Meyer - MalereiGalerie Jarmuschek+Partner, BerlinSolo
2010Accrochage 2Galerie Fellner von Feldegg, KrefeldGroup
2009Harding Meyer - blind dateGalerie Voss, DüsseldorfSolo
2009By appointment only!Galerie Z, StuttgartGroup
2008New PortraitsLausberg Contemporary, Toronto, ONSolo
2008Harding Meyer - about-faceGalerie Jarmuschek+Partner, Berlin Solo
2008First viewGalleria Paola Verrengia, SalernoSolo
2008Sommer 2008 Galerie Voss, Düsseldorf Group
2008LovePalazzo Ducale, GenuaGroup
2007let´s face it!Lausberg Contemporary, Toronto, ONSolo
2007Harding Meyer - in sight Galerie Voss, DüsseldorfSolo
2007Harding Meyer - „straight - facedGALERIE FREY, WienSolo
2007Portrait - The View BehindGalerie Robert Drees, HannoverGroup
200758. Premio Michetti - Nuovo RealismoMuseo Michetti, Francavilla Al Mare, ChietiGroup
2007Summer 07   Galerie Voss, Düsseldorf Group
2006Harding MeyerRoberta Lietti Arte Contemporanea, ComoSolo
2006Harding Meyer - Surface Galerie Jarmuschek+Partner, BerlinSolo
2006Quintessenz 7 Galerie Jarmuschek+Partner, Berlin Group
2006Curtain Call !Lausberg Contemporary, Toronto, ONGroup
2005Harding Meyer - (in)directGalerie Voss, DüsseldorfSolo
2005AUFTAKTGalerie Voss, DüsseldorfGroup
2004Harding Meyer - Bildstörung Galerie Voss, DüsseldorfSolo
2004Face to faceGalerie Judith Walker, WeizelsdorfGroup
2003PinturaGaleria Mário Sequeira, BragaGroup
2003Valerio Berruti, Paolo Maggis, Harding Meyer, Elisabetta Vignato - Baby Gang MarcoRossi- artecontemporanea - Milano, MailandGroup
2002HeadsJames Colman Gallery, LondonSolo
2002Harding Meyer – Wahrnehmung des AnderenGalerie Fellner von Feldegg, KrefeldSolo
2002Harding Meyer - stop talkingGalerie Voss, Düsseldorf Solo
2001Harding Meyer - HeadhunterKunstraum 34 Atelierhaus, StuttgartSolo
2001MalereiGalerie Jahn, LandshutGroup
2001Self and the OtherGalerie Christa Burger, MünchenGroup
2001Love You Always AEROPLASTICS contemporary, BrüsselGroup
2000Harding Meyer - TV-Paintings Galerie Voss, Düsseldorf Solo
2000Harding Meyer   Badischer Kunstverein, KarlsruheSolo