25 Paintings of a German-born abstract artist Dorle Lindner, some of whose earlier works had drawn the attention of Pablo Picasso, will be exhibited for the first time in Singapore at Miaja Gallery.
The exhibition is the culmination of a series of serendipitous events that had led the young Dorle to New York in 1966, a chance encounter there with a famous photographer who brought her works to the attention of the Spanish master and – more than half a century later – the ‘discovery’ of her artistic genius in the unlikely setting of her son’s home in Singapore.
While Magic Worlds of Fantasy – a book on abstract works which featured her among four artists – was published in 1978, Dorle has remained virtually unknown until now. The mysterious hand of destiny which had shaped her life journey prompted a decision of her two sons Nicholas and Nelson to curate up to 100 known works of their mother, and to hold this first-ever exhibition.
Dorle was highly inspired by Picasso, Kandinsky, Miro, Monet and Chagall. While painting, she draws inspiration from them as she combines pain and euphoria, often diving deep into feelings. Her paintings range in size from 1.0 metre x 1.5 metre to as large as 3.0 metres x 2.0 metres. Dorle uses a variety of mediums, such as oil, scraperboard, and chalk pastels. She recently combined oil painting with gold leaf and different colour sands. She found various effects from using different mediums fascinating and encapsulating.
Today, Dorle lives in a small village in England, where she continues to paint with gusto and relish. Most of her original paintings gifted to David Douglas Duncan are now stored in University of Humanities at Austin, Texas.
Venue: Miaja Gallery, 9 Muthuraman Chetty Rd, APS Building, level 4, Singapore 238931
When: 22 Nov 2019, 10am - 5pm