Naturalist and autobiographical printmaker and draughtsman Jörg Schmeisser was born in Germany in 1942 and studied at the Academy of Fine Arts in Hamburg. Following time working in Japan on a Scholarship and as an archaeological draughtsman in Israel and Greece, Schmeisser settled in Australia in 1976. He held exhibitions in Japan, the United States, Europe and Australia, including an international touring exhibition of works completed after a trip to Antarctica titled ‘Breaking the Ice’ from 2003 to 2005. Schmeisser taught extensively at institutions including the Kyoto Design Institute, Japan from1969 – 71; the Hamburg School or Art, Germany from 1972 -75; and the Canberra School of Art where he was senior lecturer from 1978 to 1997. He was awarded the Princeton University Council of Humanities fellowship in 1997, the Australian Antarctic Arts programme fellowship in 1998 and the City of Hobart Art Prize in 2002. His work is held by the National Gallery of Australia, Canberra; the Art Gallery of New South Wales, Sydney; the National Gallery of Victoria, Melbourne; the Art Gallery of South Australia, Adelaide and international collections in Europe, Israel and the United States. A monograph on the artist’s work was published in 1979.