Otto Hetterscheid's work stands for simplicity, is averse to effects and integrity. He worked with mixed techniques on paper: pencil, acrylic paint, chalk, pastel and collage material that sometimes came quite literally from the street.
Simplicity, averse to effect and integrity in a painting and drawing art, which is always very clearly recognizable as van Hetterscheid. Otto Hetterscheid passed away in 2010, but has spent more than thirty-five years working on an oeuvre that can be labeled as a lyrical abstract. In the way in which Hetterscheid built up his compositions, something of the graphic designer he once was and for which he was trained in Eindhoven and Amsterdam still shines through. In painting he proudly called himself self-taught. However, he still looked a lot at art by colleagues and visited many exhibitions. There was never a plan beforehand. Everything came about spontaneously and intuitively and within the few hours, on which the artist was most concentrated. This is what he himself said about it: 'For me it's all about making a new work every time I get the jitters. I never know what I'm going to make. I consider everything an attempt. There is no finish line. You don't reach it either. That is the reason for always going on, looking for that which you yourself cannot predict in advance. After each work I want to make the next one and I have already settled the previous one.' Hetterscheid always worked on paper in so-called mixed techniques with pencil, acrylic paint, chalk, pastel and collage material, which was sometimes picked up directly from the street. All works, however personal they are, bear a number instead of a title. 'I don't want to bind people, but leave them free to watch and associate. Plus, it allows me to stay in the background. It's about work, not about me.' A foundation has been established in memory of him and to manage his works: Otto Hetterscheid Stichting www.stichtingottohetterscheid.nl