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Alf Löhr: Good Poetry is Hard to Find Exhibition

20 May 2021 to 23 May 2021

What to see as our museums and art galleries reopen to the public -Alf Löhr: Good Poetry is Hard to Find. An exhibition of British/ German Artist, Alf Löhr at Wilcote Gallery and Studios.

Alf Löhr: Good Poetry is Hard to Find Exhibition

An exhibition of British/ German Artist, Alf Löhr by Branch Arts at Wilcote Gallery and Studios.

Alf Löhr’s new series, Good Poetry is Hard to Find, was born during lockdown 2020 at a time of great reflection for many. Painted in Löhr’s recognised abstract style using acrylic ink on canvas, each work provokes in the viewer an emotion that carries and reflects our individual experiences and perspectives.

Löhr’s fluid and mesmerising paintings create a sense of life as a tapestry of experiences. In this new series of smaller works, he has set out to represent emotions felt during lockdown whilst leaving space to furnish the viewer’s own emotion. Unlike previous bodies of work, Löhr has simply numbered the works rather than giving individual titles that imply the author’s own narrative.

Good Poetry is Hard to Find is a series of 22 abstract paintings in Löhr’s recognised style presenting a complex interaction between colour, form and pictorial space. He works with many layers of paint on the canvas, mostly translucent, which in the process of painting are sometimes removed again and replaced by new ones.

The entire chronology of his working process remains visible through the formations of overlapping, translucent layers of paint.

“Whether it is abstract or representational, we find (a painting) beautiful if we can see a pattern in it, a grace of line or movement, harmony or proportion. The eye is caught by a pattern of colour, the way different colours relate to one another; the eye is caught by differentiation and contrast between dark and light, stillness and activity.

“And yet a painting is lifeless if it is too controlled, too obviously patterned, and organised and its objects too perfect. In truthful art as in a truthful understanding of life there is always a hint or echo of chaos, incompatibility or imperfection.” —Alf Löhr

Throughout his career, Löhr has exhibited in numerous museums, including Bundeskunsthalle, Bonn & Goethe Institute, London and has work in several important collections in the USA, UK, Germany and Australia.

Branch Arts is delighted to present the first opportunity to view Good Poetry is Hard to Find, which follows Löhr’s 2020 museum exhibition and book, Der Sturm | The Tempest at Staatliches Museum Schwerin, Germany.

As an online presentation and exhibition at Wilcote Art Studios and Gallery, from 20 to 23 May, this will be Löhr’s first exhibition in Oxfordshire. A percentage of all sales will be donated to the artist’s chosen charity, Amnesty International. And there will be a programme of events and talks, as well as Wilcote artists open studios alongside the show.

About Alf Löhr

Born in Germany, Alf Löhr trained as an artist at the Academy of Modern Art in Düsseldorf with mentors like Ullrich, Reusch, Heerich, Richter and Beuys, before moving to London where he received a PhD at the Royal College of Art. With the support of the Alexander von Humboldt Foundation, he moved to America, where he became Visiting Professor at the School of Art and a fellow to the Department of Comparative Literature at the University of Washington.

On his return to Europe, Löhr taught as a senior lecturer at the Environmental Art Department at the Glasgow School of Art and was awarded the UWIC Fellowship in Cardiff, where he founded Art and Ecology Research Projects - an initiative to enable interdisciplinary projects for artists with industry professionals.

In Britain, he carried out large-scale public art projects for Rolls Royce Turbine Manufactures, the Michelin tire company, the county of East Kilbride, the city of Edinburgh, and he collaborated with Hermes, Paris and Studio & Partners, Milano. From 2006 to 2008, Alf Löhr was made visiting Prof. of painting at the Monash University in Melbourne, which allowed him extensive travels through the Australian desert.


20 May 2021
23 May 2021
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Wilcote Art Studios and Gallery, Chipping Norton
Unit 4 (green metal door), Hunts Copse, Wilcote Riding, near Finstock
Chipping Norton, Oxfordshire OX7 3DX
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