life and work

*1974, June 29


Jürgen Tauscher’s entire enthusiasm is devoted to every kind of fl ying object, whether in the air or in outer space: helicopters and airplanes, but also satellites or space stations as well as futuristic fl ying objects – all of them are constantly fl oating around in the artist’s head. These objects also represent the central themes of his many works. Only rarely does Tauscher add color to his drawings, which he usually carries out exclusively with pencils, occasionally with drawing pencils in varying degrees of hardness. The artist composes at least one flying object per day, usually on a small sheet of paper; he seldom uses formats larger than 30 x 40cm (12 x 16 in.). The works are drawn using many individual strokes that were usually separated from one another and only very rarely merge together. The artist draws almost every day and thus there is already a large number of works by him in spite of the relatively short time he has been living in Gugging.


Jürgen Tauscher was born with microcephaly in Vienna on June 29, 1974. He attended a special- education school, but remained illiterate. As a young child, he spent many years in homes, but when he was 11 he returned back to his grandparents, who had already cared for him during some earlier periods. Because of his manic states, he entered the St. Martin group home in Klosterneuburg in 1999; on April 16, 2012, he moved to the House of Artists, after his caretaker at the St. Martin’s home had noted his drawing talent and brought him to the studio in Gugging. The structure of the House of Artists group home suited Tauscher very well: he immediately felt at home there and drew enthusiastically both in the residential building and the atelier gugging.


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