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Artist & Sculptor BIO
Lutz Hornischer is a contemporary artist and sculptor working in the San Francisco Bay Area. He started creating and making art as a child, but like some other early artists he was told to first get a "real job". After receiving a master’s degree in business and engineering, he worked for many years in entrepreneurial and product design roles for high-tech companies. While helping build and grow companies, develop new products, and design new customer experiences, he always looked for the creative opportunities and artistic expression in his work. Throughout his career, he continued doing art such as sculpting, fresco painting, drawing, and woodcarving.
Several years ago, his curiosity, his urge to create new things and his interest in experimentation with materials, guided him to pursue a career as an artist. As part of reclaiming his true purpose in mid-life, he felt drawn to work with reclaimed wood and set an intention to bring those discarded materials back to life. He gives the wood a chance for a fresh start and new use - just like in his personal life.
"I Enjoy bringing RECLAIMED Wood back to life"
“I like to work with reclaimed materials and my intention is to bring those often discarded materials back to life as contemporary art and modern sculptures. I prefer old reclaimed wood, mostly redwood. Old wood is to me like turning 40 or 50 - you have some dents, scratches and cracks, you have seen a lot, enjoyed being around, withstood some hardship, but there is more to experience, new things to do and new adventures ahead."
My sculptures and wall art are inspired by nature, life and the uniqueness of the reclaimed wood I use. I enjoy the specific challenge of transforming an old and rustic material such as reclaimed redwood into contemporary sculptures and fine art. In my work I leverage the architectural qualities of the wood by laminating wood boards into larger blocks, sculpting organic shapes and exploring dynamic grain and natural color patterns. The old wood I am using has scratches, cracks, knots and other imperfections that are similar to real life. Every piece of wood is like a person, with its unique character, challenges and strengths. I yearn to give the wood a new life and I hope my sculptures and wall art inspire people to find a new awareness, purpose and joy in their own life. My art should also set an example that sustainability and re-use of material is not just a necessity, but a beautiful and inspiring part of our existence and future.
SFMOMA Artist Gallery, Fort Mason, San Francisco, CA
SHOH Gallery, Berkeley, CA
h u g o m e n t o Gallery, San Francisco, CA
See a complete list of sculpture galleries and venues that currently show my work.
Recent Press & Publication
"We are currently obsessed with artist Lutz Hornischer's reclaimed wood sculptures" - Bob Cut Magazine, October 2017
"Reclaimed Wood Sculptures and Wall Art" - Hardcover Book, 2017
Selected Exhibitions and Collections
2018 Kaiser Permanente, Office of the President, Oakland, CA
2018 Google, two large wall installations, Mountain View, CA
Two Artist Exhibitions
2018 h u g o m e n t o, Sawdust Rising – After Afterlife of Trees, San Francisco, CA
Three Artist Exhibitions
2018 North Berkeley Investment Partners, corporate exhibition, Berkeley, CA
Juried Exhibitions and Art Festivals
2018 Sausalito Art Festival, juried, Sausalito, CA
2018 Mill Valley Art Festival, juried, Mill Valley, CA
2018 Yountville Art Festival, juried art show, Yountville, CA
2018 Expressions, Healdsburg Art Center, juried exhibition, Healdsburg, CA
2017 Marin Society of Artists, juried group exhibition, San Rafael, CA
2017 Blue Line Gallery, juried group exhibition, Roseville, CA
2017 ACCI Gallery, juried group exhibition, Berkeley, CA
2017 ARC Studios and Gallery, juried exhibition, San Francisco, CA
2017 Yountville Art Festival, juried show, Yountville, CA
2016 Sebastopol Center for the Arts, juried exhibition, Sebastopol, CA
2016 Berkeley Art Center, juried exhibition, Berkeley, CA
2018 Room and Board, Group Exhibition Open Studio, San Francisco, CA
2018 SHOH Gallery / OkStereo - Art, Audio & Events venue, Oakland, CA
2017 Room and Board SF Open Studio, selected artist exhibition, San Francisco, CA
2017 Hotel Triton, selected group exhibition, San Francisco, CA
2017 SHOH Gallery, selected works exhibition, Berkeley, CA
2017 Blackhawk Gallery, invited as featured artist, Danville, CA
2016 The Compound Gallery, group exhibition, Oakland, CA
Benefit Art Auctions
2017 and 2018 Art for AIDS Benefit Auction, juried, San Francisco, CA
2018 Hospitality House Art Auction at Minnesota Street Project, San Francisco, CA
2017 and 2018 ArtSpan Auction, juried exhibition and benefit auction, San Francisco, CA