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An image of Gumtrees on the way to Sydney by Jörg Schmeisser

Jörg Schmeisser

(Australia, Japan, Germany 1942 – 01 Jun 2012)

Gumtrees on the way to Sydney
Place of origin
SydneyNew South WalesAustralia
Media category
Materials used
etching, aquatint, open bite printed in black ink on ivory wove paper

50.4 x 61.8 cm platemark; 53.7 x 72.5 cm sheet

Signature & date
Signed and dated l.r., pencil ‘JÖRG SCHMEISSER ’78’.
Gift of Keiko Amenomori-Schmeisser through the Australian Government's Cultural Gifts program 2012
Accession number
© Jörg Schmeisser Estate
Not on display
Further information

Jörg Schmeisser studied at the Hamburg Fine Art Academy, Germany 1962–67, majoring in printmaking under Paul Wunderlich. In 1967 he received a scholarship that enabled him to continue studies at the Kyoto Fine Art Academy, Japan and taught there 1969–72 and again in 1989. From 1965–73 was a regular participant as draughtsman/artist in archaeological expeditions in Greece and Israel, run by the Columbia University of Missouri. He first visited Australia in 1976 and in 1978 he was appointed to the Canberra School of Art to establish the printmaking workshop and was its Head until 1997. He has travelled extensively in Europe, Asia and Australia and has held solo exhibitions since 1969.

Schmeisser was best known for his diary-like images. There are several in this gift of prints, two of the most interesting are of Canberra and of the trees along the highway between Canberra and Sydney.