Lance Letscher

Artist Statement

Lance Letscher is best known for his dexterous three-dimensional illusions. Letscher meticulously constructs his compositions from a variety of discarded and found objects from a myriad of sources. With antique notebooks and magazines to record covers and letter fragments, Letscher creates powerful compositions fueled by their juxtaposition of color and value.

For nearly 11 years, Letscher worked for artist Amado Pena as a printmaker – creating multi-plate color etchings, monotypes, and lithographs. Through this practice, Lance was pushed to work every day – whether he felt inspired or not. In turn, Lance learned to disconnect from the conscious mind and connect with the subconscious. In this intuitive creative process, he exercises his patience and welcomes opportunism; within lies zero ties to preconceived notions or concepts.

Through his densely layered complex compositions, Letscher creates an immeasurable kaleidoscope of shape and color that forces the viewer to see through the lens of imagination. The 2-D picture plane parallels the triumphs and tragedies one experiences through the inevitable act of living. His work hides neither the depths of pain nor the truth of life – but embraces it. Letscher harnesses the trauma and hardships of life and uses his transformative power of creation to mirror mortality with a beautifully saturated lithograph. You are left connected with the creative impulse that resides at the heart of human nature.

Solo Exhibitions

  • 2023

    minds eye, koelsch gallery, Houston, TX

  • 2022

    Birds and Fishes, Steven L Clark Gallery, Austin, TX
    The art of the painterly print, Conduit Gallery, Dallas, TX
    Homes and Gardens, Macnay Museum, San Antonio, TX

  • 2021

    Tayloe Piggott Gallery
    “Intaglio” Flatbed Press
    The Wright Gallery, Texas A&M University, College Station

  • 2020

    A Bird Flew in Through My Window, Conduit Gallery, Dallas, TX
    Old Growth: New Work by Lance Letscher, TAI Modern, Santa Fe, NM
    Stephen L. Clark Gallery, Austin, TX

  • 2019

    The Miraculous Staircase, Tayloe Piggott Gallery, Jackson Hole, WY

  • 2017      

    Untroubled Mind, Tayloe Piggott, Jackson, WY

  • 2016      

    Secret File, TAI Modern, Santa Fe, NM

  • 2015      

    be my life’s companion, Conduit Gallery, Dallas, TX

  • 2014

    Real Life Drama, Pavel Zoubok Gallery, New York, NY
    Galerie Vidal Saint Phalle, Paris

  • 2013

    Tayloe Piggott Gallery, Jackson, WY
    Conduit Gallery, Dallas, TX

  • 2012

    Eight Modern, Santa Fe, NM
    D Berman Gallery, Austin, TX

  • 2011

    Galerie Vidal Saint Phalls, Paris
    Conduit Gallery, Dallas, TX
    Galerie Peter Vann, St Moritz

  • 2010

    Galerie Pascal Polar, Brussels,
    McMurtrey Gallery, Houston,TX
    Eight Modern, Santa Fe, NM

  • 2009

    Grover/Thurston Gallery, Seattle, WA
    Galeria Miguel Alzueta, Barcelona

  • 2007

    Galerie Vidal St. Phalle, Paris
    Amarillo Museum of Art, Amarillo, TX

  • 2006

    Gallery 68, Austin, TX
    Stephen L. Clark Gallery, Austin, TX

  • 2005

    Howard Scott Gallery, New York, NY
    Richard Levy Gallery, Albuquerque, NM
    Steven Wolf Gallery, San Francisco, CA

  • 2004

    Art Gaspar, Barcelona
    The Museum of Southeast Texas, Beaumont, TX
    Tyler Museum of Art, Tyler, TX
    Old Jail Art Center, Albany, TX
    Conduit Gallery, Dallas, TX

  • 2003

    Galerie Renate Bender, Munich
    McMurtrey Gallery, Houston, TX

  • 2002

    Howard Scott Gallery, New York, NY

  • 2001

    D Berman Gallery, Austin, TX

  • 2000

    Slugfest Gallery, Austin, TX

  • 1999

    Gallery Lombardi, Austin, TX

  • 1996

    James Gallery, Houston, TX

  • 1991

    Galveston Arts Center, Galveston, TX

  • 1990

    N.N.O.O. Gallery, Dallas, TX

  • 1989

    Richard/Bennett Gallery, Los Angeles, CA

  • 1988

    Galeria “ON,” Poznan

  • 1987

    R.G.K. Foundation, Austin, TX

Group Exhibitions

  • 2009

    Collection Selections, Austin Museum of Art, Austin, TX

  • 2008

    Modern Art.Modern Lives. Then + Now, Austin Museum of Art, Austin, TX

  • 2007

    Lance Letscher and Fred Stonehouse, Tammen Galerie, Berlin, Germany

  • 2006

    The New Collage, Pavel Zoubok Gallery, New York, NY

  • 2005

    Group Exhibition, Howard Scott Gallery, New York, NY
    Double Vision: Exhibiting Contemporary Artists for 25 Years, The Old Jail Art Center, Albany, TX

  • 2004

    BirdSpace: A Post Audubon Artists Aviary, Contemporary Arts Center, New Orleans, LA. Traveled to the Norton Museum of Art, West Palm Beach, FL; The Hudson River Museum, Yonkers, NY; McDough Museum of Art,Youngstown State University, Youngstown, OH
    Objectification, The Gallery at the University of Texas at Arlington, Arlington, TX
    Material Possibilities, Griffith Gallery, Steven F. Austin State University, Nacogdoches, TX

  • 2003

    Atlantic, Group show of British and American artists, FosterartLondon

  • 2002

    Mary Frasher and Lance Letscher, Mari Michener Gallery, University of Northern Colorado, Greely, CO
    Working the Grid, Richard A. & Rissa W. Grossmann Gallery, Lafayette University, Easton, PA

  • 2001

    Sublime: The Landscape Re-envisioned, The Arlington Museum of Art, Arlington, TX
    Counterpoint, University Art Gallery, Fain Fine Arts Center, Midwestern State University, Wichita Falls, TX

  • 1999

    Outward Bound: American Art at the Brink of the 21st Century, Meridian International Center,
    Washington, DC. Travels to Hanoi, Ho Chi Minh City, Shanghai, Beijing, Singapore and Jakarta.

  • 1998

    National Showcase 1998 Exhibition, The Alternative Museum, New York, NY

  • 1997

    Texas II (Invitational), Tyler Museum of Art,Tyler, TX

  • 1996

    Schemata: Drawings by Sculptors, Glassell School of Art, Museum of Fine Arts, Houston, TX

  • 1993

    Critics Choice, D-Art Visual Center, Dallas, TX

  • 1992

    New Works by Austin Artists, Laguna Gloria Art Museum, Austin, TX

  • 1991

    New American Talent, Laguna Gloria Art Museum, Austin, TX
    Take a Seat, Design Industries Foundation for AIDS, Innova Building, Houston, TX

  • 1990

    Contemporary Texas Prints, Modern Art Museum, Fort Worth, TX

Select Collections

  • Austin Museum of Art, Austin, TX
    Austonian, Austin, TX
    American Airlines Admirals Club, Austin, TX
    Andrews & Kurth, Dallas/Fort Worth, TX
    Bell & Murphy, Houston, TX
    BHP Petroleum, Houston, TX
    Blanton Museum of Art, Austin, TX
    California State University Print Collection, Long Beach, CA
    Cox & Smith, San Antonio, TX
    Dean Witter Reynolds, Houston, TX
    Dell Children’s Hospital, Austin, TX
    DLA Piper, Austin, TX
    Four Seasons, Austin, TX
    HMSS, Houston, TX
    Leigh, Smitherman, Edwards, Houston, TX
    Libres Del Trapez, S.A., Barcelona, Spain
    The May and Samuel Rudin Foundation, New York City, NY
    Memorial Hospital System, Houston, TX
    Microsoft Corporation, Redmond, WA
    Museum of Fine Arts, Houston, TX
    Museum of Southeast Texas, Beaumont, TX
    Neiman Marcus, Austin, TX
    North American Mortgage, Houston, TX
    Open Diagnostic Imaging Center, Dallas, TX
    Pan Energy, Houston, TX
    The Progressive Corporation, Cleveland, OH
    Richard/Bennett Gallery, Los Angeles, CA
    SAFECO, Seattle, WA
    St. Maximillian Kolbe Catholic Church, Houston, TX
    Temple Emanu El, Houston, TX
    Texas Bank, McAllen, TX
    Texas Children’s Hospital, Houston, TX
    Texas State University Permanent Collection, San Marcos, TX
    Tyler Museum of Art, Tyler, TX
    USAA, Reston, VA; Sacramento, CA, and San Antonio, TX