Works by Harald Scheicher available in our gallery
(Excerpt from https://www.scheicher.cc/)
Harald Scheicher (*1959) has been a practical cash doctor in Völkermarkt since 1987. Inspired by his grandfather Werner Berg, he found plenty of time to paint during his school days. After initial experiments on cardboard and wood fibre board, all paintings have been painted with oil paints on canvas since 1978, with the artist often incorporateing the appeal of the unprimed linen into the image effect.
In five decades, more than 1,700 oil paintings were produced. While the theme of Harald Scheicher’s early paintings is mainly man – often in existential borderline situations – since the mid-1980s, the landscape has been at the centre of the painterly work. Since the late 1970s, Harald Scheicher’s landscapes and flower paintings have been created exclusively outdoors, directly in front of the motif, in a process-oriented examination of visual impression.
Again and again, unpainted released parts of the image surface give the viewer the feeling of still participating in the creation of the image. From Zell Pfarre over the Jauntal with the Drava and its lakes to Diex and Bleiburg, the painter repeatedly describes his closer region, whose juxtaposition of high mountains and wide valley areas, mountain streams and bathing lakes offers the painter almost inexhaustible pictorial motifs.
I met Harald Scheicher, Werner Berg’s grandson, in 1992 on the occasion of an exhibition of his grandfather’s works in the Kärntner Landesgalerie. My wife and I then visited him in Völkermarkt to have him, the administrator of Werner Berg’s artistic estate, show us further works by this artist. It did not stop at this one visit and soon I noticed that Harald Scheicher painted himself and also had his pictures shown to me. Some of his production at that time was still half-baked, but in some of his very early pictures I recognized a remarkable originality. I acquired six of them for my collection.
In the following years, whenever my path led me to Carinthia, I also visited Harald Scheicher to see his latest pictures. In addition to his medical profession, he is a thoroughly diligent painter – the quantity of his productions alone – about 40 to 50 works are created every year – does not need to shy away from comparison with other creators. So the stock of his works in my collection grew over the years to 33. Occasionally I changed an already purchased work for one of the newer versions of the same motif – as in the case of the reed paintings, the birch on the banks of the Drava, or his large-format panoramas. From his earliest works from his school days to his last works from 2007, my collection includes almost all of his often repeated groups of motifs: the sunflowers, the river landscapes, the reed paintings, the decaying barn, a self-portrait, the autumn maize, the forest pond, the trees, the mountain landscape near the Koschuta and in the Julian Alps, the Diexer landscape on the southern slopes of the Saualpe and also one of his flower paintings. This list alone shows what Harald Scheicher’s work concentrates on: the in-depth and sensitive depiction of certain areas and motifs that he repeatedly visits. Here he develops an ability to capture certain color and light constellations and to downgrade them in their valeurs, which some of his large-format flower paintings, his mountain streams and nudes lack. What also impresses me is the painter’s approach to his motifs, which is not bent by any academic training and is directly sensual. Since we are both physicians, in pursuing his consistent path, I sometimes have to think of my own youth, of the impetuous enthusiasm for great painting, which suddenly attacked me on my first visit to the Kunsthistorisches Museum and did not let go of me all my life.