H. A. Sigg: Abstract Rivers

Piece from H. A. Sigg: Abstract Rivers

H. A. Sigg: Abstract Rivers

Thomas J. Walsh Gallery

March 24 - June 10, 2017

H. A. Sigg was born in Switzerland in 1924 and studied in Zurich and later Paris, where he was especially captivated by the art of French Nabi painter Pierre Bonnard. Although his paintings of the 1950s adhere to a figurative idiom, he evolved a purely abstract style, whose graceful, atmospheric and minimalist forms and motifs were inflected by aerial views of Southeast Asia, a vantage point he was afforded in 1968 when he was invited by Swissair to fly as "artist in residence in the sky."; From his privileged, sweeping view from the cockpit, he made sketches of the distant topography below. These became the inspiration and the source of the lithe and geometric abstractions suggestive of terraced fields and gently meandering rivers that characterize his work beginning in the 1970s.

For H. A. Sigg, the river is perhaps the most iconic and resonant subject, a "mysterious force" with a spirit of its own, as he has averred, and a metaphor for the course of human life and the search for inner enlightenment. In formulating his river imagery, Sigg has pointed to the influence of Hermann Hesse's novel Siddhartha, whose protagonist encounters the river as a changing yet constant, regenerating force, and a source of wisdom and genesis-tropes that inform his river-inspired imagery.

H. A. Sigg: Abstract Rivers, presents over 25 paintings and sculptures by this acclaimed Abstract Expressionist painter.

Edward Lucie-Smith's critical study of Sigg, H. A. Sigg: The River, is available for purchase at the museum. Please contact us at 203-254-4046 or museum@fairfield.edu to order your copy for $20 (with an additional $5 charge for shipping and handling).