Thomas Bayrle artworks and editions
Thomas Bayrle is a contemporary painter, graphic artist and video artist from Germany. Born in Berlin in 1937, the artist's work is composed of silkscreen prints, graphics, wallpapers and textiles, as well as objects and cinematic animations.
After training as a weaver, Bayrle studied at the Werkkunstschule Offenbach. There he learned the techniques of etching and lithography under Eberhard Behr. He then made a name for himself as a publisher and printer of artists' books. From 1972 to 2002 Bayrle held a professorship at the Staatliche Hochschule für Bildende Künste - Städelschule in Frankfurt am Main.
Thomas Bayrle is one of the first artists in Germany to create artworks with the aid of the computer and to develop motifs and compositions by means of serial sequencing, which, on closer examination, are composed of countless individual, mostly identical partial motifs. From this addition, the artist develops so-called "superforms", which, however, do not reveal any hierarchical structures. This strongly technical aesthetic and the principle of the serial placed Bayrle early in the environment of the Pop Art movement. Thematically, Bayrle deals with aspects of modern society in his artworks and editions. In addition to the structures of consumption, urbanity, and technology, areas such as locomotion and everyday reality play a central role in the artist's work. He always deals critically with these topics and openly reveals himself as a participant and consumer of these worlds.
Due to his innovative artistic approach, Bayrle is today considered one of the pioneers of Pop Art. His artworks and editions are represented in numerous international collections and museums.