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An image of Thinking of Nara in Princeton by Jörg Schmeisser

Jörg Schmeisser

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

Thinking of Nara in Princeton
Place of origin
CanberraAustralian Capital TerritoryAustralia
Media category
Materials used
soft ground etching, aquatint printed in two colours from two plates, aquatint on ivory wove paper

25.7 x 28.8 cm platemark (smaller); 56.5 x 45.2 cm platemark (larger); 56.5 x 45.2 cm sheet

Signature & date
Signed and dated, inscribed l.r. pencil within platemark "AP/ JÖRG/ SCHMEISSER/ 98".
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's use of the photo-etching technique extends to images of his father as a child, his paternal grandparents, his two daughters and his Japanese wife's grandmother.