Don Reichert (11 January 1932 - 8 September 2013) was a Canadian artist. While primarily a painter in the abstract expressionist tradition, he was also notable as a photographer and digital media artist.
Donald Karl Richert was born in Libau, Manitoba in 1932 to parents who had immigrated from Austria. He studied art in Canada, Mexico, and England. He taught for many years at the University of Manitoba. Praised early on by the critic Clement Greenberg, Reichert has produced work that is held in many notable public, corporate and private collections, including the National Gallery of Canada, the Art Gallery of Ontario, the Montreal Museum of Fine Art, and the Canada Council Art Bank, among others.
Reichert's early work often combined the elegant brush-strokes of abstract expressionist painting with the techniques of color field composition. Other significant strands of his work center on black-and-white paintings resembling Asian calligraphy, or on the use of Latin American imagery, particularly skull imagery derived from various Latin American ruins. He is perhaps best known, though, for large canvasses painted out of doors. While abstract, these are reflective of the landscapes around him, often the forests and lakes of the Canadian Shield. The technique of composition is unusual: canvasses are laid on the uneven ground, and the impression of the earth beneath is subtly incorporated into the composition.
Multimedia works include photographs that have been painted over, often with elegant splattering or dripping in the style of Jackson Pollock. He has also created works that incorporate photographs into painting. As Reichert is an accomplished pilot, many of these are aerial photographs: a continuation of his ongoing interest in landscape.
Reichert has for some years been affiliated with the arts magazine Border Crossings.
Walsh, Meeka. Don Reichert: A Life in Work. Winnipeg, Manitoba: Winnipeg Art Gallery, 1995.