Andre Butzer | the artist

The artist Andre Butzer
Born 1973, Stuttgart, Germany.

Style and technique of the artist: Painting,

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"Hasengulasche?", 2003

Brekkies Leute,

Blecks Blox, All-


Schrecks, Schreckl!

Schlimm, schlimmo, schlimmost!

Fahrrad ist weg, wego!

Traurig. Au! Au!

Koch vom Hasengulasche?

Au! Ploing.

Mr. Butzer’s paintings feature a rotating cast of cartoon characters that simultaneously manage to
be cuddly cute and forbodingly morbid. Most look like amorphous, amoeba, blob buddies, some
sinister and others totally naďve. On the back of one of the paintings (all officially untitled) an
inscriptions which reads, “Anfung und Ende von Donald Duck, erste und letzte Bild,” perhaps
gives some clue to a subject matter or story within the dense and complicated composition. For
the image could very well depict both the beginning and end of one Mr. Donald Duck, presenting
itself as a record of the obliterated animated celebrity’s remains; orange bills and disembodied
eyeballs abound.

Andre Butzer’s work explores the romanticism of painting from a contemporary stand point. Inspired equally from popular culture and art history’s greats – from Ensor to De Kooning and Guston – Butzer’s wildly rendered canvases exude a frenetic creative energy redolent of the artistic myths of passion, power, and ‘genius’. Executed on monumental scale, Butzer’s paintings are a triumph of style over substance as his highly articulate techniques and compositions regurgitate graffiti scribbles and cartoon forms…Saatchi Gallery

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