Saturday, January 17, 2015

Jon Schueler "The New York Years 1975 - 1981"

For the American painter Jon Schueler (1916-92) the sky held all things. An all-consuming passion, it inspired a lifetime of painting landscapes, seascapes, and skyscapes. By the mid 1970s the artist was increasingly concerned with the sky as the only appropriate visual metaphor for exploring mood and memory.

The inner dimension of Schueler’s painting pulsates through his New York works on view at the David Findlay Jr Gallery. “Like windows in the walls”[1], the skyscapes seek to unveil deep emotional responses. As our eyes move from canvas to canvas, we feel compelled to follow the artist’s wistful, yet empowered brushstrokes that pull us in, through layers of light and shadow, through the sky to infinity. Participation is inevitable.

[1] Whitney Balliett, Profiles, City Voices: Jon Schueler and Magda Salvesen, The New Yorker, February 25, 1985, p. 36

"Jon Schueler The New York Years 1975 - 1981" Exhibition photo
Photo: Courtesy of Janine Menlove