Karin Clarke Gallery 760 Willamette St. Eugene, OR. 97401 541.684.7963 email@example.com
Robert Schlegel, long a gallery favorite, lives and paints in Banks, OR. He began exhibiting in 1973, and since then has exhibited widely in Oregon and the Pacific Northwest. He is now represented by the Dana Gallery, Missoula, MT, Roby King Galleries, Bainbridge Island, WA, White Bird Gallery in Cannon Beach, and Mary Lou Zeek Gallery in Salem. His work is available at the Portland Museum of Art Rental Sales Gallery.
Schlegel’s vibrant acrylic and oil paintings explore the tension between the representational and the abstract, as he responds to the buildings, landscapes, and creatures – especially birds -- in his surroundings. He works on board or canvas, and often includes collaged materials in his images. Schlegel begins with a sketch in charcoal, graphite, or oil pastel, and then continues to develop the image either in the studio or in plein-air.
Recently, Schlegel has begun to explore three-dimensional forms. Using paper, wire, string, and fabric, he creates organic “gestures” which capture the posture and movement of birds and architectural constructions.
"In my work I attempt to present my interpretation of the objects and forms found in the environment.Of particular interest to me are man made structures juxtaposed into this landscape. The interaction of shape, contrast and line are what intrigue me and I attempt to transform these images into the compositions of my paintings. As I make art, I strive to create work that possesses tension between the representational and the abstract.
I paint in the studio and plein aire. I complete preliminary sketches in charcoal, pencil and oil pastel and take reference photographs as necessary. My finished paintings are in oils and acrylics on gesso prepared paper, panel and canvas.
I would hope my work would convey through line, contrast, texture, color and composition my response to the environment and sensitivity to the land upon which we live.
Karin Clarke Gallery is pleased to welcome back a gallery favorite, Robert Schlegel. for a large exhibit of his acrylic paintings and mixed media works. He has also self-published a book of his acrylic plein-air sketches, which will be for sale during the exhibit.
The current show revisits his familiar subjects such as houses and birds, and introduces a new series of figurative works. The house images are based on recent visits to Astoria and are heavily influenced by the work of American artists, Wayne Thiebaud and Richard Diebenkorn A second series, the Man in Hat series, is based on the memory of a man Schlegel saw standing up in a boat in the middle of Georgetown Lake, during an electrical storm. These colorful figurative works show the influence of Schlegel’s art heroes, Manuel Neri and Nathan Oliveira.
A graduate of Willamette University and Portland State University, Robert Schlegel's lifetime commitment to drawing, painting and sculpture has led to numerous solo and group exhibits in California, Montana, Oregon and Washington. His work has been included in the Artists of Oregon juried group show at the Portland Art Museum, the John Natsalous Gallery in Davis California, Steven F. Austin University in Nacogdoches, Texas, KDR-Prographica in Seattle, Koplin Del Rio Gallery in Los Angeles, and the Governor’s Office in Salem, Oregon.
In the fall of 2016, Schlegel was featured on Oregon Public Broadcasting's Art Beat. Since 2001 he has worked in a studio shared with his brother, in the foothills of the coast range west of Portland.
Please join us for an artist reception on Friday, June 1, starting at 5:30 pm.
Impulse, 8 x 11.5 in archival digital print
or fact a formal treatment by Robert Schlegel and Rob Schlegel, portfolio of 8 archival digital prints, edition of 20, available by order, $800