If you only knew how long I have been waiting to post something about Eberhard Havekost. Years. And finally the day has come. It is a name I never forget. Mr. Havekost, or for today, Eberhard, is a German artist whose one work I have viewed on one occasion. I thought I would never, ever see his picture of a gray cat again because it is a small piece that is part of the Rachovsky collection. The works from this collection were occasionally displayed at the Rachovsky House on Preston Road in Dallas. The collection is an offshoot of the Dallas Museum of Art since the Rachovskys donated much of their collection to the museum a few years ago. The Rachovsky’s have closed the house to the public again and the works are now shown and stored at the Warehouse. The Warehouse is located a few blocks from my office. However, one must schedule a visit three weeks in advance. My cat picture is either there or still at the house because I saw a picture of it on the web on one of the sites not that long ago. I cannot locate the screen shot I took and edited, however. The Rachovskys are always listed in art guides and magazine as being part of the top 200 collectors in the world. So this art is nothing to sneeze at or turn one’s nose up at. They collect modern art.
Back to Eberhard. He was born in Dresden, Germany in 1967. Eberhard has exhibited his works in his native country 143 times. The second country he has had the most exhibits in is the USA for 33 times. He has also exhibited in the UK, Switzerland, and France.
Following is a good description of his work and style from Wikipedia:
Havekost is one of a new generation of painters who use the digitalized, multimedial visual language in their work. Working from photographic sources – shots from TV and video, images culled from magazines and catalogues and his own photographs – he selects subjects ranging from anonymous buildings, trains and trailers, and modifies them to make inkjet prints as the departure point for his paintings. Among the subjects which regularly recur are nature, portraits or figures, architectural interiors and exteriors, and means of transportation such as caravans, aeroplanes and automobiles. He often paints series of repetitive images to replicate the serial change of visual effect in nature.
I like his work because it is Hopper-esque.
Following are few examples of his oeuvre:
—Mobile 1, Eberhard Havekost, 2002, oil on canvas, 140 x 200 cm,
Saatchi Gallery, London, UK
—Plakat, Eberhard Havekost, 2008, oil on canvas, 47.25 x 31.5 in (120 x 80 cm),
Roberts and Tilton, Los Angeles, California, USA
—Sonnenschutz 1, Eberhard Havekost, 2004, oil on canvas, 78.74 in x 50.5 in,