HERMANN LEDERLE

Hermann Lederle


Hermann Lederle has pursued various forms and mediums of the arts. After graduating from Karl Friedrich School for humanist and classic studies, Hermann re-directed his career path. His early experiments in photography taught him a new sense of beauty and atmosphere and inspired him to further his education in painting, photography and filmmaking at the San Francisco Art Institute.

There, Hermann established his own visual language to express his multiple ideas and passion through the lens, on canvas and on the screen.

Lederle's paintings strive to wipe clean the slate of conventional notions of image construction. The latest series entails a two stage process, where at first a graduated color is applied with a tractional brush allowing for the distinct qualities of its stroke to emerge. The second stage is executed with a painter's knife often with ostensibly contradictory linear shapes and lines, imbuing it with the properties of rival perceptions taking place within the canvases.

His works of art have been exhibited in various galleries in New York, Los Angeles, San Francisco, Germany, Canada, Hungary and France. Hermann's paintings are in private collections of the Friedman Guinness Gallery Heidelberg Germany, Court Gallery New York, Lawson Galleries San Francisco, Media Rare Gallery Los Angeles and in the homes of Ringo Starr, Eric Stolz, Cal Zecca, Gabor Csupo. Hermann Lederle currently lives and works in Los Angeles, California.

Recent exhibitions have taken place at Vertiva Stuttgart 2015, Arthea Galerie Mannheim 2015, Frank Pictures Gallery Santa Monica 2012 and Alicia Armstrong Gallery Palm Desert 2011.

Education

San Francisco Art Institute
B.F.A. in Film & Fine Arts

Solo Exhibitions

Vertiva - Stuttgart 2015
Arthea Galerie - Mannheim 2015
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Arthea Galerie Art KA 2014 - Germany
Frank Pictures Gallery Bergamot Station - Santa Monica 2012
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Alicia Armstrong Gallery - Palm Desert Feb 2011
Copal Fine Art Gallery - Palm Desert 2010
Frank Pictures Gallery Bergamot Station - Santa Monica 2005
Solaris Gallery - Los Angeles 2005
Black Box - Los Angeles 2003
Media Rare Gallery - Los Angeles 2001
Paris Photo Lab - Los Angeles 2001
Orson Studio - Los Angeles 1999
Café American - San Francisco 1987
Alte Gutselfabrik - Frankenthal.Germany 1987
Lawson Galleries - San Francisco 1986
The Court Gallery - New York 1986

Group Exhibitions

Flower Hewes - Malibu 2015
Art Karlsruhe - Germany 2013
Arthea Galerie - Mannheim 2013
gGallery LA - Santa Monica 2012
Copal Fine Art - Palm Desert 2010
M.V.P.A. - Los Angeles 2002
ConTempory WelFare - Los Angeles 2001
Schroeck-Schmidt Gallery - Neckargemuend.Germany 2000
Seed Foundation House Of Blues - Los Angeles 1999
Friedman Guinness Gallery - Heidelberg.Germany 1991
Ivey Gallery - Los Angeles 1989
Emerging Collectors Gallery - Paris.France 1987
Emerging Collectors Gallery - New York 1987
Contemporary Museum Gallery - Budapest.Hungary 1986
International Art Fair - Montreal.Canada 1986
Diego Rivera Gallery - San Francisco 1984
Goodman Gallery - San Francisco 1983
Diego Rivera Gallery - San Francisco 1982

Essay

Adaptation 2015

Adaptation by James Scarborough

Hermann Lederle’s “Adaptation,” 2015, is massive. Measuring five and a half feet by ten feet, this totemic monument doesn’t just envelop you, it anchors you to the ground. Reminiscent of partially open Levelor blinds, a network of dense and narrow vertical bands sweep across the canvas. There’s more weight at the center; this makes the surface quiver and shimmer, like water burbling over an outcropping of coral just beneath the surface of a roiling sea. Without fully revealing it, the piece suggests an expanse of pictorial depth. It accommodates something that is turbulent and veiled, expressionistic and controlled. This balance suggests a mystery, a conundrum, a koan.

You read it up and down, down and up, systematically working your way across. A crescendo from left to right, a climax at the middle, and then a denouement until the right edge. Structurally it’s the painterly equivalent of Guillaume Apollinaire’s pictorial poem, “Il Pleut,” from his 1918 book, Calligrammes. The lines of the poem are vertical, to simulate falling rain that evokes memories of women in the poet’s life...
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Reviews

Huffington Post April 16, 2012 'Footprints on Snow'

Imagine Claude Monet's pastel Poplars... if Monet was working 100 years later and spent a lot of time on the internet... and you get somewhere close to the work of Hermann Lederle. -- ( PDF)

The German painter, who now resides in Los Angeles, gives impressionism a contemporary inflection. Where before wispy brushstrokes and springtime hues ruled, Lederle works in the colors and shapes of our time. His paintings have an edge to them and an electric energy pulsing throughout. Lederle creates his 3-D effect by first painting with a traditional brush and then reworking it with a painter's knife, giving the paint a contradictory texture.

Lederle's paintings capture how it feels to see in the modern world. Waterlilies are replaced with welcome screens and rolling sunsets with flashing advertisements. But there is a beauty to this contemporary image of seeing, even if it is a little sharp around the edges.


Art Knowledge News April 4, 2012 'Footprints on Snow'

Lederle's paintings continue to evolve with dense color expanses woven into heavily textured line structures. The latest series entails a two-stage process, where at first a graduated color is applied with a traditional brush allowing for the distinct qualities of its stroke to emerge. The second stage is executed with a painter's knife often with ostensibly contradictory linear shapes and lines, imbuing it with the properties of rival perceptions taking place within the canvases. "Lederle’s work has a 3-D, almost architectural reality," says gallerist Laurie Frank, "achieved without employing geometry. He creates a progression of inner space expanse that the paintings invite you to enter as an explorer evoking the thrilling sensation of stepping on virgin ground."


Book LA 2001 Hermann Lederle Multi Media Man

The Book Los Angeles Fall Winter 2001
'Multimedia-Mann'

BY Stephen Siciliano

Hermann Lederle believes in cultivating craft; lots of them. The word "painter" does not adequately decribe this native of Mannheim, Germany, whose work spans a number of genres. His apprenticeship was done at the San Francisco Art Institute, where he studied film, the first artistic bow in his quiver. He painted in SoHo, at the height of its 80s glory, and when that world lost its edge, came west and found work as a production designer. At Lederle's Blackbox Studio space in Hollywood, canvas, keyboard and printer are all within reach.He paints fish on canvas and then makes those fish swim in cyberspace. Lederle's artbullet.com gives an idea of how this Glocal (globally-local) multi-mediast samples himself, creating collages of commercials, short films, painting and (a)tonal compositions. These days he's painting "pixilated" canvases. "They are representative of the extreme disorientation of decadence humanity is going through thanks to digital technology," he says. "The picture isn't fully focused, but you can see the outline." And he's working on a pilot called "Hollywood Road", a truly "unscripted" reality screed, tracking the progress of several aspiring young actors. It's about transcending the borders of different artisticmedia.


Reinpfalz Ludwigshafen Germany July 7th, 1987 'Die Isolation der Menschheit'

Hermann Lederle 1980's

Artweek San Francisco October 1986 'A Touch Of Chicanery'

BY James Scarborough

Hermann Lederle's new work at Lawson Galleries perfectly illustrates Jose Orega y Gasset's contention in The Modern Theme that art, along with culture, reason and ethics, must enter the service of life. Ortega y Gasset prescribes, among other things, an art that is spontaneous, athletic and imbued with vitality; he finds it most apt that modern public history began on a tennis court in France.

Ortega y Gasset discerns a one-sided tendency in modern European history, the intellectual heritage into which Lederle, a German, was born. Here, there was a separation of culture and life as art distanced itself from the spontaneous life of the person considering it and acquired a consistency of its own: culture thereby became objective, set up in opposition to the subconscious that engendered it (this conceit informs a large part of Michel Foucault's The Order of Things). Culture, says Ortega Y Gasset, survives only when those who make art and those who view it inject it with a constant flow of vitality. Pictorially this can be illustrated by the difference in conception between the work of Lederle and his contemporaries Julian Schnabel, Francesco Clemente and Mimmo Palladino...


Article

Image System August 2003

BY Mia Taylor

"What interests me is not just the complete picture, but a minute detail or a particular interaction which has to do with how an individual sees the world. Knowing what happened in the past and then projecting the future, you suspend yourself in that moment of time"

Hermann Lederle's work is not easy to categorize. Encompassing a variety of media, styles and scales, it somehow manages to maintain an ineffable balance. The influence of Clemente can be felt in some of the earlier expressionist works and recent works on paper, while the 'Pixel' series suggests a kind of Cubism for the digital age.

His work as a filmmaker cross-pollinates in subtle, oblique ways. The idea of pixel paintings came to him when working with digital images. "It was a discovery. We may have been seeing this way unconsciously since human beings had eyes, but now that we know we can zoom in on something, and then zoom out and see the whole picture, it becomes an awareness we can use to appreciate the pixilated version. Kind of like a primal, pre-conscious experience that relates to the era of technology."

Some of the larger canvases have a vital, explosive energy -- the large pixels radiating outward rhythmically, like a waltz, suggest a reserved spontaneity. At the center there is calm, control, and powerful emotion. They can be puzzle-like, with a trompe-l'oeuil quality. Figures or shapes disguised within the painting are not at first apparent, but once seen cannot be unseen. Figures float to the surface and then sink back.

The process for his works on canvas involves a series of intricate layers, often using gold leaf, and oil paint incorporated with wax. There are, what he calls, three layer states: the conceptual starting point, the emotional, and then the unifying stage. The wax medium renders the paint transparent, allowing him to paint layer upon layer...


Recent Exhibition

Hermann Lederle at Arthea Gallery 2015, photo by Stefan Treitz

Lederle ~ Arthea Gallery 2015

Arthea Galerie


Hermann Lederle at Art Karlsruhe, Germany March 2014

Lederle ~ Art Karlsruhe 2014

Art Karlsruhe


Hermann Lederle at Art Karlsruhe, Germany March 2013

Lederle ~ Art Karlsruhe 2013

Art Karlsruhe


Hermann Lederle Exhibition 2013 at Arthea Galerie

Lederle ~ Arthea Galerie 2013

Arthea Galerie


Hermann Lederle exhibition 2012 at Frank Pictures Gallery

Lederle ~ Footprints on Snow, 2012

Frank Pictures Gallery


Los Angeles Times Feature

LOS ANGELES TIMES FEATURE - Painting by Hermann Lederle

Lederle's painting as featured at Laurie Frank's House, September 20th 2007.

Los Angeles Times Home Section


Press Releases

Image Blog Huffington Post March 21, 2013

Hermann Lederle on the ImageBlog

BY David K Pressman

Hermann Lederle's work is a combustion of personal force and integrity translated into layers of rich, deep and unexpected shapes and colors. His works is arresting and thought provoking, allowing our eyes to capture nuances of texture and depth again and again. Lederle brings to his work a path of unexpected freedom for the viewer whether it is his works on paper or his large canvases that dominate a space without pretense.


Frank Pictures Gallery Exhibition July 2005

Paintings by Hermann Lederle

Frank Pictures Gallery, Bergamot Station
July 23 - August 2, 2005, Reception Saturday July 30

Hermann Lederle's new show of his paintings at Frank Pictures Gallery is a body of selected works from 1987 to the present.

Though the blizzard of paint, Lederle evolves the history of his art: the quick charcoal life drawings of his years at the San Francisco Art Institute, their transformation into his blurred oil stick paintings...


Frank Pictures Gallery Exhibition April 2012

Hermann Lederle

Footprints on Snow

April 3 – April 27, 2012
Artist Reception: Sunday April 15, 6:30 – 9:30 PM

Frank Pictures Gallery announces Footprints on Snow, the gallery’s third solo exhibition of artist Hermann Lederle.

Lederle’s work has a 3-D, almost architectural reality, achieved without employing geometry. He creates a progression of inner space expanse that the paintings invite you to enter as an explorer evoking the thrilling sensation of stepping on virgin ground.


Frank Pictures Gallery Exhibition July 2005

Paintings by Hermann Lederle

Frank Pictures Gallery, Bergamot Station
July 23 - August 2, 2005, Reception Saturday July 30

Hermann Lederle's new show of his paintings at Frank Pictures Gallery is a body of selected works from 1987 to the present.

Though the blizzard of paint, Lederle evolves the history of his art: the quick charcoal life drawings of his years at the San Francisco Art Institute, their transformation into his blurred oil stick paintings...


Court Gallery Exhibition April 1986

Court Gallery
61 Sullivan Street, New York N.Y. 10012
April 26- 11 May, 1986

Introduction by John Gavin

In this, his first solo exhibition, curated in New York by the Court Gallery and in San Francisco by the Lawson Galleries, Lederle offers a series of figurative paintings whose narrative is both personal and transpersonal, and suggests both relation and conflict. And there are, from a painterly point of view, observable references to the early German Expressionists in this young painter's gesture and sensibility...


Collections

Laurie Frank - Media Rare Gallery, Los Angeles
Esther Friedman - Friedman Guiness Gallery
John Gavin - The Court Gallery, New York
Carla Baird & David Crane - Lawson Galleries, San Francisco
Ringo Starr - Los Angeles
Eric Stoltz - Los Angeles
Dr. Eugenia & Dieter Bazlen - Lucerne, Switzerland
Jeff Ayerhoff - Virgin Records, Los Angeles
Juergen Schreiber - Kunsthandel Mannheim
Walter Channing - CW Group New York
John Houck - New York
Susan Swig - Fairmont Hotel, San Francisco
Desi Hoffmann - Hoffmann Concerts Germany
Dariusz Wolski - Malibu
Rika & Tony Broccoli - Los Angeles
Leslie Libman & Larry Williams - Los Angeles
Peggy Knickerbocker - San Francisco
Martin Schaer - Montana
Hiro Lizars - Los Angeles
Gabor Csupo - Los Angeles
Felix Kam Chung & Thom Bissett - Los Angeles
Matthew Wagner - Los Angeles
Ian Kimbrey & Joanne Forchas - Los Angeles
Jerilynn Hanson - Thymes Minneapolis
Natalie Hill - Los Angeles
MJ Carlyle & Co - Los Angeles
Gerhard Schmidt Ferry - Hamburg
Brad Elterman - Los Angeles
Valerie & Ron Slim - Dana Point
Bela Kerek - Budapest, Hungary
Thomas Kraft - Wiesloch, Germany
Lois Linden - Los Angeles
Marilyn Heston, MHA Media - Los Angeles
Susan Velez - Beverly Hills
Lee-Hwa Wang - San Francisco
Karen Winston - Malibu
Regina & Wolfgang Chur - Stuttgart, Germany
Alicia & Ernest Armstrong - Palm Desert
Fraser Ross - Kitson, Los Angeles
Corliss Mueller - Germany
Christie Burton - Santa Monica
Tina Weise - Mannheim
Nils Anderson - Mannheim, Germany
Ashkahn Motamen - Los Angeles
David K. Haspel - Santa Monica
Cathy Foyle - Malibu
Christian Koell - Hotel Olympia, Obergurgle Austria
Klaus Eisert - Phoenix Contact
Dr. Nick Frischmuth - Stuttgart
Tina Broccoli - Malibu
Petra Borrmann & Walter Shirm - Stuttgart

DSV Kunstkontor

Christiane Valerie Gerhold

DSV Kunstkontor
Christiane Valerie Gerhold
Am Wallgraben 115
Stuttgart D-70565
Germany
T +49 (711) 782-2973

Arthea Galerie

Dorothea Gänzler

Arthea Galerie
Dorothea Gänzler
Stresemannstraße 4
68165 Mannheim
Germany
T +49 (621) 167-9292
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Laurie Frank

Frank Pictures Gallery
Laurie Frank
Bergamot Station Gallery A-5
2525 Michigan Ave
Santa Monica CA 90404
T 1 (310) 828-0211

Alicia Armstrong Gallery

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Book Preview Adaptation - Paintings By Hermann Lederle 2015 - On Blurb

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ADAPTATION

Paintings by Hermann Lederle 2015.


Book Hermann Lederle Selected Paintings 2000 - 2008

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PAINTING

Oil paintings by Hermann Lederle of selected works from 2000 to 2008. Published March 14, 2009. ...


Book of Charcoal and Pastel Drawing Hermann Lederle

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CHARCOAL & PASTEL

Selected drawings from 2002 to 2010 by Hermann Lederle. Published March 23, 2010.


Copal Fine Art Exhibition Catalog Hermann Lederle

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COPAL FINE ART

Exhibition catalog of paintings by Hermann Lederle 2010.


Book Image System 2003 by Hermann Lederle

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IMAGE SYSTEM

Collection of paintings by Hermann Lederle from 1984 to 2003. Introduction by Mia Taylor. Published 2003.


Huff Post Arts & Culture - Hermann Lederle's 'Adaptation' 2015 - James Scarborough

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Huffington Post - Hermann Lederle's 'Footprints on Snow' Makes Its Way To Frank Pictures Gallery

Imagine Claude Monet's pastel Poplars... if Monet was working 100 years later and spent a lot of time on the internet... and you get somewhere close to the work of Hermann Lederle...
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