Bernd Haussmann has the utmost sincerity when he creates a piece of art. With titles such as My Secret Life and Open Hearts his desire to connect with his viewer is palpable. He states: “There is always an underlying principle that I want to share with you.

Haussmann’s style is exceptionally unique in that he makes no preparatory sketches or research before beginning a piece. His only guild is a Mondrian-like grid which allows him to “focus on a little area and make it as good as I can.” He has no preliminary plan and simply favors to “get to know the painting by painting it.”

Although his work seems like futuristic abstractions, he draws on some of the modernist traditions from his homeland of Germany. The Art Nouveau and Jugendstil movements quietly resonate in his paintings. He often uses pure units of color which are powerful in their simplicity. His monochromatic paint cords evoke the turn of the century phrase “the line in love with itself.”

There is also a Japanese quality to Haussmann’s art. He has even used the title Hokusai’s Journey, one of the most influential print makers of all time. His current work has a geological feel. Most of the paintings have been divided into two halves giving free reign to a number of juxtapositions: land and sea, ocean and horizon, mountain and sky, etc.

Bernd Haussmann’s pieces are terrific because they show the heart of the artist and delight the viewer. He brings so much of himself to each canvas in the hopes that you will be uniquely ignited by each one. “I very strongly believe that a painting has its own reality. Of course, I draw inspiration from various sources, but I feel that ultimately a painting has to work as an individual unit- a world on its own.”

SELECTED SOLO EXHIBITIONS
2005
- Bentley Gallery, Scottsdale, AZ
- LewAllen Contemporary, Santa Fe, NM
- SKH Gallery, Great Barrington, MA
- University Gallery, U Mass Lowell, Lowell, MA
- Chase Gallery, Boston, MA

2004
- Chase Gallery, Boston, MA

2003
- William Campbell Contemporary Art, Fort Worth, TX
- Chase Gallery, Boston, MA
- Lydon Fine Art, Chicago, IL

2002
- The Lowe Gallery, Atlanta, GA
- Stephen Haller Gallery, New York, NY
- Chase Gallery, Boston, MA
- Lydon Fine Art, Chicago

2001
- Chase Gallery, Boston, MA
- Erickson & Elins Gallery, San Francisco, CA
- Lydon Fine Art, Chicago, IL: Das Lied von der Erde
- William Campbell Contemporary Art, Fort Worth, TX

2000
- Chase Gallery, Boston, MA: Das Lied von der Erde
- Ute Stebich Gallery, Lenox, MA

1999
- Chase Gallery, Boston, MA: from the nature of things
- Andrea Schwartz Gallery, San Francisco, CA

1998
- Chase Gallery, Boston, MA: from the "OASIS" series

SELECTED GROUP EXHIBITIONS
2005
- LewAllen Contemporary, Santa Fe, NM
- Rice/Polak Gallery, Provincetown, MA

2004
- Modes and Methods: Diversity in Contemporary Art, Amarillo Museum of Art, Amarillo, TX
- Bentley Gallery, Scottsdale, AZ
- Chase Gallery, Boston, MA
- SKH Gallery, Great Barrington, MA
- Rice/Polak Gallery, Provincetown, MA
- LewAllen Contemporary, Santa Fe, NM
- SF5 Art Fair, Elins Eagles-smith Gallery, San Francisco, CA
- Stephen Haller Gallery, New York, NY
- The Lowe Gallery, Santa Monica, CA
- Elins Eagles-Smith Gallery, San Francisco, CA

2002
- 13th Anniversary Show, The Lowe Gallery, Atlanta, GA
- William Campbell Contemporary Art, Fort Worth, TX
- Chase Gallery, Boston, MA
- LewAllen Contemporary, Santa Fe, NM
- Elins Eagles-Smith Gallery, San Francisco, CA
- Lydon Fine Art, Chicago, IL
- Stephen Haller Gallery, New York, NY

2001
- Rice/Polak Gallery, Provincetown, MA
- Ballard Fetherston, Seattle, WA
- Aesthetic Boundaries Stephen Haller Gallery, New York, NY
- Introductions San Jose Institute of Contemporary Arts, San Jose, CA
- Surface Fragments Stephen Haller Gallery, New York, NY

2000
- Juried Art Exhibit National Prize Show, Cambridge Art Association
- Juror: Carl Belz, Director Emeritus, Rose Art Museum, Brandeis University
- Lydon Fine Art, Chicago, IL
- Rice/Polak Gallery, Provincetown, MA
- Stephen Haller Gallery, New York, NY
- Gallery of Modern Art, Marblehead, MA
- Ute Stebich Gallery, Lenox, MA

1999
- Montserrat College of Art, Beverly, MA (3 person show)
- Rice/Polak Gallery, Provincetown, MA
- Stephen Haller Gallery, New York, NY
- Andrea Schwartz Gallery, San Francisco, CA

1998
- All New England Color Show, Juried Exhibition, South Shore Art Center, Cohasset, MA
- Rice/Polak Gallery, Provincetown, MA
- Chase Gallery, Boston, MA

CORPORATE AND PUBLIC COLLECTIONS
Alliance Capital, Boston, MA
Crowell & Moring, Washington, DC
Gary Lee & Partners, Chicago, IL
Gensler, Chicago, IL
Hale & Dorr, Boston, MA
Healthpoint Corporation, TX
Hunterdon Museum of Art, Clinton, NJ
Hyatt Regency Corporation, Rochester, NY
Montserrat College of Art, Beverly, MA
Museum der Stadt Reutlingen, Germany
Regency, Naples, FL
The Ritz-Carlton, Boston, MA
Wheatleigh, Lenox, MA
Xerox Corporation, Rochester, NY

SELECTED BIBLIOGRAPHY
2005
- House Beautiful (March)
- PBS WGBH Boston, 25th Anniversary Designer Show House, This Old House®, (Spring)
- This Old House®, 25th Anniversary Designer Show House (April 15th – May 31st)

2004
- Debbie Hagan, ‘Bernd Haussmann: In the Moment’, Art New Engand (January)
- House Beautiful (June)
- Public Television, OFind episode 212 (Fall)

2003
- Debbie Hagan, ‘Bernd Haussmann: In the Moment’, Art New England (December)

2002
- Cate McQuaid, ‘Spontaneity is at the heart of painter’s colorful works, The Boston Globe (July 19th)

2001
- Fort Worth Star Telegram: "Haussmann strives for paintings you can hear", by Kendra McCown, Fort
Worth, TX, (April)
- Boston Globe Sunday Magazine: Reel renovations - A Back Bay town house is transformed for its role in What's the Worst That Could Happen? (Movie with Danny DeVito, filmed in Boston) (June)
- The Boston Globe: 'Proverbs inspire paintings of hope', by Cate McQuaid (October)

2000
- artsMEDIA, Cambridge, MA, "GOMA'S GIFTS BY THE SEA, by Eileen Kennedy (February)
- MediaOne Public Television: Interview with Bernd Haussmann (July)
- Traditional Home, (September)
- ARTcetera, Boston, MA (October)

1999
- Tender Allies: The Biophilia Connection”, Barbara O’Brien (March)

1998
- New American Paintings, The Open Studios Press, Wellesley, MA (February)
- ARTcetera, Boston, MA (October)

1997
- The Boston Globe, Cate McQuaid (August)
- The Boston Globe: "Troubled harvest: three artists' world views", by Cate McQuaid, (September)

 

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