It is an old tradition to study mysterious entities, their meanings and powers. Their impact on the visible and the invisible is what inspires Danny Gretscher in his work as well as his urge to personally get consciously closer than humans usually do, to the origin of all things. Gretscher, who hails from Berlin, produces work whose subject consists of minimal elements that are not clearly distinguishable from each other. Being at the same time abstract and concrete, they generate atmospheric visual worlds, that exist not in time or space.
To the human eye, Danny’s work is enchanting. His art comes complete with its own vocabulary, symbols, characters and allegories. These elements describe an original world that reveal a reflection of our own realm, that is often subtle and sometimes stark. His artwork is layered and intricate with abstracted figures bursting with colour that are seemingly simple but portray complex stories.
Born in Jena, Germany, Danny has lived and worked in Berlin since 2004. He studied a Diploma in Graphic Design at the College of Stuttgart in 1999 but a year after starting to turn toward fine art. As an autodidact, Danny works across painting, drawing, sculpture and installation, with subtle balances in style also found in his street art. His works explore the concept of balancing abstract and concrete, conceptual and figurative.
In his paintings, both text and imagery have an ethereal quality. They are almost child-like in their purity. Yet these playful visions lift their chin with a confidence beyond their years, and with such precision, as if they abide by a natural law.
As critic Toby Schmitz aptly said, “For me his pieces bristle with the unfathomable magic of the Shakespearean canon: at once unparalleled and humanist. His colour, his organic delicacy, his mighty and meek symbols, all smack of an incredible story, of lasting drama.”
2019 Ralph Woodford Residency, Byron School of Art, Byron Bay, AUSTRALIA
2018 There is Enough Light, C.O.A Galerie, Montreal CANADA
2014 Demons Danced on Feathers Leaves Laugh in the Air, Tischdecke.nl, Stuttgart GERMANY
2013 Loud Like Nature , Walden-Kunstausstellungen, Berlin GERMANY
2013 So Black is Blue, Private Artist Residency Berlin Mitte Germany
2012 Silence is a Rhythm Too, Skalitzers Contemporary Art, Berlin GERMANY
2020 Échafaudage, C.O.A Galerie, Montreal CANADA
2020 Alter Ego Group Show, The Unit London, London ENGLAND
2019 Chroma Summer Group Show, Rhodes Contemporary art, London ENGLAND
2019 Sculpted, The Blue House, Mullumbimby NSW AUSTRALIA
2018 Scope Miami Beach with Galeria COA, Miami USA
2017 What The Weekend Is Gallery, Curated by The Art Union, Gallery Weekend, Berlin GERMANY
2017 East West Berlin, ATM Gallery, Berlin GERMANY
2016 Bloom Art Fair, Cologne GERMANY
2016 HAPPY Group Exhibition, 19 KAREN, Gold Coast, QLD AUSTRALIA
2015 One Studio Five Artists Three Works, Studio Hermann Hase, Berlin GERMANY
2014 Titel 172 – Prahlerei Ist Die Beste Ausrede Auf Dem Acker, Kunstquartier Bethanien, Berlin GERMANY
2012 Rebels Ahead, Die Kunstagentin, Cologne, GERMANY
2011 A Momentary Stay Against Confusion, Horton Gallery, Berlin GERMANY
2019 Vogue Paris
2019 Ralph Wood Residency, Byron School of Art, NSW, Australia
2018 Mural, Newtown AUSTRALIA
2018 Mural, Habitat – Byron Bay AUSTRALIA
2017 Mural, Byron Bay AUSTRALIA
2017 This Corner Of The Earth Smiles At Me, Private Art Residency and Exhibition, Chippendale, Sydney AUSTRALIA
2016 Mural, Stuttgart GERMANY
2016 Mural, Wategos Beach – Byron Bay AUSTRALIA