Richard Meitner

The Netherlands
b. 1949 USA

"In recent years I’ve realised something; I don’t make artworks to tell others the interesting things I know and feel they also need to be made aware of,  I make artworks because it enables me to explore things I feel I need to know.  At the same time, it is my goal and sincere hope that my work offers viewers a chance to feel something that is perhaps important to them. In short, art for me is not about thinking, it’s about feeling.”

Meitner’s objects investigate the many ways in which glass can be manipulated; it can be precisely or hazily defined, it can be combined with other materials such as wood and metal, it can be abstract or figurative, and it can exploit colour or the absence of colour.  

Richard’s desire to change the ways in which things are perceived as well as his ongoing pursuit of beauty, links him with the French Surrealists. They too worked with imagery that is perplexing and provocative, meant to jolt the viewer out of their comforting assumptions.  In his work Meitner looks to surprise, to challenge the viewer to question what he or she is viewing. “Magic,”’ he says, “is a moment in which something happens that does not fit into your belief system.”

Richard Meitner’s works are part of the permanent collections of more than 50 museums in 16 countries including The Stedelijk Museum, Amsterdam, Netherlands, The National Museum of Victoria, Melbourne, Australia, The Museum of Art and Design, New York, U.S.A., The Musee National de la Ceramique de Sevres, Paris, France and The Victoria and Albert Museum, London, England.

Since 2006 Meitner has been a visiting professor on the faculty for the Master’s degree in the art and science of glass, at the New University of
Lisbon, Portugal.

The artists lives and works in Amsterdam, The Netherlands.


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