Selected works by Daniel Richter

Daniel Richter
Jawohl und Gomorrah


oil on canvas

225 x 370cm
Daniel Richter’s Jawohl und Gomorrah possesses an operatic quality. Borrowing themes from both Christianity and German history, Richter constructs his contemporary scene with theatrical flair: his figures are staged in Baroque composition, their outlandish costumes and mask-like faces lend an element of surreal spectacle. The fervent emotion of grand drama is carried through Richter’s frenetic style of painting: thick brushwork battles with translucent drizzles and impassioned smears; acid tones are electrified against the sombre ground. Reminiscent of Ensor’s nightmarish crowds, Richter infuses this street scene with apocalyptic celebration.
Daniel Richter


Oil and Ink on Canvas

280 x 380cm
Richter uses paint on a canvas surface to conjure up illusions of time and space. Still has a certain Pre-Raphaelite quality, reminiscent of ghostly figures witnessing the drowning of Ophelia. Much like Doig, Richter gets to the heart of paint, capturing a magnetic vibrancy through texture, richness of colour and illusion of light. Richter designs an exuberant and luscious otherworld, made all the more believable by the invention of, and adherence to, his own rules of image-making.
Daniel Richter


Oil and Ink on Canvas

306 x 339cm
Daniel Richter’s work subverts the genre of epic historical painting. Often working from media images, his large-scale paintings reconstitute current events as timeless fables, spinning the anxiety of contemporary zeitgeist into overwhelming tableaux of allegorical fantasy. In Gedion, Richter paints a crowd of people outside a stadium. The figures are given a ghost-like presence, radiating with a supernatural aura. The carnival-esque atmosphere is infused with a malefic tension; a boozy Saturday night reconstituted as imperious myth. In the background, naked figures tend to the building; their presence is reminiscent of cherubs in Renaissance religious painting.-->
Daniel Richter


Oil on canvas

283 x 232cm
An array of magic lies in Richter’s Trevelfast. In a nightmarish scene, he paints a ghoulish rider desperate for escape from the unnatural powers of the night or the blazing red suggestion of fire. Richter handles paint with an unwieldy passion: every colour in his controlled chaos retains its purity. His paintings radiate with their own internal light, bringing his dreamy scenes of contemporary fable to life with timeless authority.
Daniel Richter
Those who are here again


Oil and lacquer on Canvas

259 x 393cm
In Those who are here again, highly rendered paintwork provides an ebullient scene: a group of mysterious figures gathered round a fire, an urban residence illuminated in other-worldly glow. It’s ambiguous high drama that Richter does best: perhaps a scene of violence, vagrancy or simply a party, his paintings are infused with wonder, enigma and a silently creeping paranoia.

Other Resources
Daniel Richter - Pink Flag - White Horse
Additional information about Daniel Richter and his work
Official site with images of paintings from 1999-2005
David Zwirner Gallery is pleased to present new paintings by German artist Daniel Richter show a range of alternative images
Morris & Helen Belkin Art Gallery. Preview by Mia Johnson
Art in America 'Allegories of anarchy', by Raphael Rubinstein
White Flag - Pink Flag The Power Plant, Toronto by Daniel Baird
Keiner kommt hier lebend raus Ausstellung von Daniel Richter by Felix Klopotek
"Schnheit durch Konfusion, Wahrheit durch Kollision"