The German visual artist Hans-Peter Feldmann defies categorization, just as his work defies the notion of the "unique" art object. A former thimble salesman, his work is often created in unlimited and unknown editions that make it near to impossible to catalogue, being "unique" in that it is out of his studio and of his hand.

 

A voracious collector, his work is a kaleidoscope of images, objects and kitsch and he often trawls through flea markets seeking more. He is a modern-day treasure hunter of sorts - though for Feldmann there is no ultimate object of acquisition: his greed for objects and images seems to be unquenchable. 

 

The 2012 retrospective of his work at the Serpentine Gallery, London, is one of several exhibitions mounted in recent years showcasing his diverse range of work.