HELMUT STARCKE

BIOGRAPHY

HELMUT STARCKE
(b. 1935, Offenbach, West Germany)

Helmut Starcke was born in 1935 in Offenbach, West Germany. Starcke completed his apprenticeship at the Werbekunst Publicity Studio, Frankfurt. He then joined J Walter Thompson, Frankfurt, as a Graphic designer. After this, he moved to Cape Town and worked with P N Barrett Advertising, Cape Town and Lindsay Smithers (Cape) Pty Advertising, Cape Town. His first one-man exhibition of paintings, was in Cape Town.

Starcke then joined Marketing Promotions Inc. He was selected for the Venice Biennale in 1964. He had another one-man exhibition at the Lindchi Gallery, Johannesburg. He participated in the "Contrast" exhibition of drawings opposite paintings by Stanley Pinker, Cape Town.

Starcke was a founder member of the Artists´ Gallery, Cape Town. He was again selected for the Venice Biennale in 1966. He participated in the first South African Breweries Exhibition and received a Bronze Medal for his painting "Social Page".

He once again had a one-man exhibition at the Lindchi Gallery, Johannesburg, and one at the Artists´ Gallery, Cape Town. He also collaborated with Kevin Atkinson and Richard Wake on an environmental project.

Starcke then started own Graphic Design Studio and participated in the second South African Breweries Exhibition. This time, he was awarded a Silver Medal for his painting "Firebird". He also participated in a metal sculpture on Green Market Square, Cape Town. He was selected for the Sao Paulo Biennale. He was also invited to teach Graphic Design at the Michaelis School of Fine Art, University of Cape Town, after which he was appointed a full-time staff member at the Michaelis School of Fine Art.

Starcke has published a Portfolio of 5 screenprints entitled "haystacks", and contributed to the portfolio entitled "Cape Town in Image and Words", published by Fine Art Folios.

Other one-man exhibitions were held at Fabian Fine Art Gallery, Cape Town, the University of Stellenbosch, the Irma Stern Museum (entitled "Time and Nature of Photographic Information"), the SA Association of Arts, Cape Town, the Everard Read Gallery and Vita Art Now Exhibition and The Johannesburg Art Gallery. Helmut Starcke lives and works in Betty's Bay, Western Cape.

SELECTED SOLO EXHIBITIONS

2013 
Elegies to a Slender Scrub, CIRCA on Jellicoe, Johannesburg, South Africa

1991 
Solo, Everard Read Gallery, Johannesburg, South Africa

1988 
One man exhibition held at the SA Association of Arts, Cape Town, South Africa

1983 
Time and Nature of Photographic Information solo exhibition, Irma Stern Museum, University of Cape Town, South Africa

1978 
One man exhibition held at Fabian Fine Art Gallery, Cape Town, South Africa

1977 
One man exhibition held at the University of Stellenbosch, South Africa

1966
One man exhibition, Lindchi Gallery, Johannesburg, South Africa

1965 
One man exhibition, Artists’ Gallery, Cape Town, South Africa

1964
One man exhibition, Lindchi Gallery, Johannesburg, South Africa

SELECTED GROUP EXHIBITIONS

2010 
Index 40: Leading Works from the Sanlam Art Collection - Smac Art Gallery, Stellenbosch, South Africa

2007 
Abstract South African Art from the Isolation Years: Part 1, Smac Art Gallery, Stellenbosch, South Africa

2003
Contact Zones -Colonial & Contemporary, Stevenson, Cape Town, South Africa

1990 
Vita Art Now Exhibition, The Johannesburg Art Gallery,Johannesburg, South Africa

1969 
Contrast exhibition of drawings opposite paintings by Stanley Pinker, Cape Town, South Africa

1964
Selected for Venice Biennale

1965
Selected for Venice Biennale, 1966

1963
Selected for Sao Paulo Biennale

ADVERTISING & TEACHING

1973
Appointed a full-time staff member at the Michaelis School of Fine Art

1967
Joined Lindsay Smithers (Cape) Pty Advertising, Cape Town

1966
Joined Marketing Promotions Inc
Founder member of the Artists’ Gallery, Cape Town

1962
Started own Graphic Design Studio

1958 
P N Barrett Advertising, Cape Town

1955
Joined J Walter Thompson, Frankfurt, as a Graphic designer

1950
Apprenticeship at Werbekunst Publicity Studio, Frankfurt

PUBLICATIONS

In 1976 Starcke ublished a Portfolio of 5 screenprints entitled haystacks, and contributed to the portfolio entitled Cape Town in Image and Words, published by Fine Art Folios