Josua Reichert

Josua Reichert (1937), born in Stuttgart. Graphic artist and typographer, active near Rosenheim. 1959 studies with HAP Grieshaber at the State Academy of Fine Arts in Karlsruhe.

In the field of typography, Josua Reichert is considered the most important contemporary European artist. In the works of Reichert, who received decisive impulses from HAP Grieshaber and Hendrik Nicolaas Werkman, writing and image, text and typography merge into a new unit and lead into a new aesthetic dimension. Reichert’s unique and innovative work, which was created over five decades, impresses with its inner coherence and extreme consistency.

With his powerful, colored text images, Reichert spans a wide range of written cultures, world literatures and times. He prints with Latin, Greek, Cyrillic, Hebrew and Arabic scripts; his text canon ranges from antiquity to the present day. He does not allow a restriction to cultures and epochs. The yardstick for the selection of the poems, fragments and sentences that the literature lover takes out of books of all time and transforms them into written images is their poetic quality and validity. The texts have to touch his heart and inspire his typographic imagination. The text images that he shows the viewer require both reading and seeing.

From the beginning he also prints typographical images, which he calls “Poesia Typographica”: letter architectures and letter landscapes mostly, but also images in which letters or even words are completely missing, compositions of lines, points, circles, rectangles and triangles.