Donald Baechler, ‘Abstract Composition with Fish, from Fish & Wildlife Series’, 1995, Alpha 137 Gallery

This seven-color lithograph is by artist Donald Baechler, who is known for his multimedia work that co-opts popular culture and often references childhood. By deliberately using an awkward line and bright colors, he taps into memory and nostalgia. This rare work, created in a limited edition of only 20, was made during Baechler's residency at the prestigious Tamarind Printmaking Institute in the 1990s as part of a series of animal images, floating in a field anchored by colored squares.

Signature: Signed and dated lower right; numbered lower left in pencil; stamped with publisher's blindstamp

Publisher: Tamarind Institute, Albuquerque, NM, pub.; Nebojsa Lazic, prntr.

Tamarind Institute

About Donald Baechler

Donald Baechler, a member of the East Village art scene in 1980s New York, is known for his painting-collage-drawing works depicting of childhood imagery and nostalgic ephemera like grammar school primers, old maps, and children’s drawings, or purposely cliché motifs such as a skull, a rose, a globe, and a soccer ball. Although critics have suggested that Baechler’s work, reminiscent of Jean Dubuffet, is a critique of innocence and sincerity, Baechler sees himself as an abstract artist whose concerns are primarily formal, rooted in line, shape, color, and composition. A 2011 solo exhibition included bronze sculptures based on childlike silhouettes of flowers as well as numerous faux-naïf black-and-white flower paintings. Baechler is often associated with other East Village artists, including Keith Haring, Jean-Michel Basquiat, and Kenny Scharf.

American, b. 1956, Hartford, Connecticut, based in New York City, NY, USA