Born in 1955, Art Werger received a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree from the Rhode Island School of Design in 1978 and a Master of Fine Arts degree from the University of Wisconsin-Madison in 1982. Werger was the Chairman of Fine Arts at Wesleyan College in Macon, GA for eighteen years before moving to the University of Ohio in Athens to head the printmaking department in 2000.
Art Werger’s lyrical suburban scenes are evocative of boyhood summer evenings, while his city images are fraught with tension and isolation. Many of Werger’s mezzotints show the influence of film noir genre movies as well as pay tribute to the cinematic techniques of Alfred Hitchcock.
In describing his work, Werger says, “the people are seen in casual activities which dominate their daily routines, often preoccupied or oblivious to their situations. They are often observed from an elevated point so that the environment lays out in front of the viewer. The viewer becomes an omniscient voyeur, privy to the world below, yet curiously removed from it. As a cinematic device, this abstract angle allows for an overview of the scene as well as an introduction to the characters within the environment. The characters’ actions are intended to suggest a narrative which requires the viewer’s participation to be resolved.”