Bernhard Epple

Early self-portraitBernhard Epple: A Short Biography

Bernhard Epple was born October 11, 1912 in Pforzheim (South/West Germany). After graduating from the local secondary school (Abitur) in 1932, he studied at the Kunstgewerbeschule (Academy of Arts and Crafts) in Pforzheim until 1934 when he transferred to the Academy of Fine Arts in Karlsruhe. He passed the state examination for secondary school teachers in 1938. From 1938 to 1940 he taught art, geography and sports at the secondary school (Gynmansium) in Mannheim. He was drafted in 1940 and spent nine months as Russian prisoner of war. He returned to teach first in Mannheim. In 1951 he transferred to the Kurfürst-Friedrich Gymnasium in Heidelberg from which he retired in 1978. Between 1958 and 1991 he also taught courses on drawing and other methods of artistic representation at the University of Heidelberg.

Bernhard Epple traveled widely within Germany and Europe, in particular Italy. His architectural drawings and watercolors of Italian cities and landscapes attest to his many skills. He also visited the United States Epple at workon several occasions, spending considerable time in the San Francisco Bay Area and in Chicago. There, he was deeply impressed by the vast landscapes of the West, the architectural charm of San Francisco and the grandeur and grit of Chicago. Bernhard Epple died in July 1999. While Epple is best known for his masterful engravings, his considerable artistic legacy includes drawings, watercolors, oil paintings, wood cuts, lithographs, and collages. His book, Stiche (Engravings) was published by Heidelberger Verlagsanstalt, Heidelberg, Germany in 1991 (ISBN: 3-89426-036X).


Selected Solo Exhibitions:

1957 Kabinett Dr. Hanna Grisebach, Heidelberg, Germany

1957 Kustverein Konstanz, Konstaz, Germany

1959 Egon Guenther Gallery, Johannisburg, South Africa

1965 Agra Gallery, Washington, D.C.

1966 Triton Gallery, San Jose, CA

1968 Handschuhsheim Castle, Heidelberg, Germany

1971 Rennard’s Underground, Atlanta, GA

1971 Kabinett Dr. Hanna Grisebach, Heidelberg, Germany

1972 Bürgermeister Ludwig-Reichert-Haus, Ludwigshafen, Germany

1982 University Library, Heidelberg, Germany

1985 German-American Institute, Heidelberg, Germany

1988 University Library, Heidelberg, Germany

1992 City Hall, Pforzheim, Germany

1992 Kurpfälzisches Museum, Heidelberg, Germany

1997 Galerie Melnikow, Heidelberg, Germany

2002 Museum, City of Weinheim, Germany

2007 Augen Gallery, Portland, OR

2008 Pacific Northwest College of Art

2010 Augen Gallery, Portland, OR

(c) 2002 Estate of Bernhard Epple