Monday, April 22, 2024

Gerhard Gepp 1940-2024

Austrian cartoonist and painter Gerhard Gepp died in Tulln an der Donau on 26 March 2024, at the age of 83.

Gepp was born in 1940 on the western edge of Vienna in Pressbaum where he lived and worked until his death.

A self-taught artist, his initial training was in offset printing.  

Between 1964 and 1976 he worked as a graphic designer and illustrator. 

At the same time Gepp worked at advertising photography and staged his own exhibition in the Vienna gallery "Die Brücke".

In 1976 he also started to produce hand-coloured etchings which were exhibited in Vienna at the BAWAG-Foundation. 

Further exhibitions in Austria and Germany followed as well as in art fairs in Basel, Cologne and Ghent.

Since 1989, his illustrations have focused increasingly on "political satire". 

In 2001 the Austrian "professional" Professor title was conferred on Gepp.

Gerhard Gepp's numerous print media contracts have included daily papers such as Der StandardDie Presse and the Wiener Zeitung in Austria as well as the Süddeutsche Zeitung and Die Zeit in Germany.

In addition, Gepp produced a large number of illustrations and title images for the Wiener Journal founded in 1980 by Jörg Mauthe. 

Magazine contracts have included the Austrian economic monthly Trend, the German popular psychology monthly Psychologie Heute (Psychology Today) and Switzerland's satirical monthly Nebelspalter (literally "Fog cleaver"). 

He received numerous prizes such as the "Poster Prize" from the City of Vienna and the Milanese "Rizzoli-Preis". 

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