Friedrich Nagler

Friedrich Nagler (1920 – 2009) was an émigré, ‘outsider’ artist born in Vienna, Austria. He escaped Nazi occupation in 1938 and eventually settled in Hampshire, England. He always considered himself an artist and dedicated his life to producing a prodigious artistic output working with a very wide range of materials. He also kept a record of his thoughts in the form of 42 books of poetry. He refused to either sign his work or exhibit during his lifetime, but posthumously his work has been exhibited at the England Gallery, London; Paul Smith shops in London and Tokyo, the Zetter Hotel in London, and Pallant House gallery in Chichester. Friedrich Nagler was always looking for art media to help express his creative ideas, which flowed like an endless stream. Each of his jobs provided new materials: wood from the sawmill, rubber off cuts from the shoe factory, resin from the ship builders, and to complement these he frequented junk shops looking for metal and brass for his constructions. He found out how to work in metal, using taps and dyes, and he built a forge in the back garden to work in wrought iron. He was a perfectionist and only his way was right; he knew when his creation was good, and if it wasn’t it was re-worked or went in the bin. He was fascinated with faces, creating them in: watercolour; stone; acrylic on paper, laminate board, and ceramic plate; in various resins; in plastic; in wood; in bread; in polystyrene; in paper; in clay sometimes using egg-shell as a mould. He claimed that all of his thousands of faces were different, and they are!! Other favourite subjects were crucifixes/ religious images, animals, and landscapes. Friedrich left a very large body of artwork, and his abiding hope was that it would be appreciated and would find a good home, after he passed away. For more information about Friedrich Nagler please see: For more information about Wunderkammer at Pallant House Gallery please see:


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