Location: Victoria, BC
Member Since: 2002
Hermann Edler grew up in Austria. He studied graphic design and European Folk Art at the University for Fine Arts in Linz. Initially, Hermann worked as a graphic designer and art director and collected folk art and wooden toys from different regions of Middle Europe.
In 1997, he and his family moved to Victoria where he taught himself how to carve. The use of colour and the desire to unite modern and traditional folk art are a strong component of his work. Using scrap wood and basic tools - scroll saw, knife and sander – he creates modern old world folk art. He draws and carves animals and whimsical figurines; his favourite objects are birds, farm-animals and hearts.
His work has been collected in Canada, Australia, Austria, Germany Northern Ireland and the USA.
“Folk Art flies free when fantasy, some basic woodworking tools and a good sense of colour come together. Vibrant colours bring my creations to life. I think I have made a good piece when people stop, look and smile. My work shows my love for the world of animals which is not so different from ours.”