Otto Duecker has been exploring the realm of new realism for over thirty years. He taught for over a decade while developing his unique approach to painting the human figure in precise detail.
Duecker first received national attention in the mid 1970s for his cut-out “Drifters” series, stark, life-size images of street people. Crouching, standing and sitting, these figures stared boldly at the viewer with uncanny realism and more than once caused panic when encountered by those unaware that they were looking at a painting. Fascinated with the many layers of clothing in which these homeless men travelled, Duecker began a series of paintings ranging from leather biker jackets to Levi jeans which by themselves seemed to convey a sense of their owner’s lives.
In the late 1980s his “Help” series of cut-outs focused on cleaning ladies, maids, butlers and other service oriented people, who are often overlooked and rarely seen as individuals. His clothing went upscale from worn jackets to Polo shirts, mink coats, Burberry trench coats, tuxedos and other smart attire conveying a sense of their owners’ lives.
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