Konrad Klapheck, ‘Le cimetière’, 2001, Galerie Lelong & Co.

About Konrad Klapheck

Konrad Klapheck is best known for his painterly explorations of technical equipment, machinery, and everyday objects, including typewriters, sewing machines, water taps, showers, telephones, irons, and saws. Influenced by Marcel Duchamp, Man Ray, and Max Ernst, Klapheck combines Surrealism and Pop Art in images of contemporary objects that are both ironic and charged with psychology and sexuality. For example, in Die Kapitulation (The Capitulation) (1966), a telephone handset rests on a wooden chair, its cable coiling suggestively into an orifice in the wall. More recently Klapheck has painted portraits of colleagues and celebrities from the international art scene. He studied under the painter Bruno Goller.

German, b. 1935, Dusseldorf, Germany