Robert Schlegel (1947 - 2021)
Karin Clarke Gallery 760 Willamette St. Eugene, OR. 97401 541.684.7963 firstname.lastname@example.org
Robert Schlegel was one of the region's faviorite artists who lived in Banks, OR, where he painted full time from 2002 to his untimely death in the summer of 2021. He exhibited widely in Oregon and the Pacific Northwest. He was 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, among others.
Schlegel’s vibrant acrylic and oil paintings explored the tension between the representational and the abstract, as he responds to the buildings, landscapes, and creatures – especially birds -- in his surroundings. His work was primarily is done on board or canvas, and often included collaged materials in his images. Each piece began with a sketch in charcoal, graphite, or oil pastel, and then finished either in the studio or in plein-air.
Schlegel had begun to explore three-dimensional forms in recent years. Using paper, wire, string, and fabric, he created 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.
Robert Schlegel: Objective Shapes
September 2 - 26, 2020
Karin Clarke Gallery is pleased to present a solo exhibit by Banks, OR, artist Robert Schlegel. Fans of Schlegel work won’t be disappointed, as this show will deliver over 20 new pieces, including large and small acrylic paintings, mixed-media works, and 3-D constructions.
This collection is unusual in that it was done in the studio rather than on location,
and that its imagery is from memory or imagination. For example, a series of somber but powerful paintings depicting American Foursquare architecture, is based on youthful memories of his grandmother’s home in Kalama, WA .
This spring, Schlegel’s palette turned bright and the paintings, whimsical. Bright green and orange backgrounds appeared and he combined figures with his popular birds, sometimes allowing the birds to perch on a head!
A compelling group of sculptural ‘constructions’ rest on elegant, artist-made pedestals. These 12-inch-tall white buildings, created from cardboard, wire, wood, and milk paint, invite the viewer to look inside. Sometimes a face is peering out; an African-
American woman inhabits one building, leading one to ponder the subtle social commentary.
In keeping with Covid-19 guidelines, there will not be a reception, but Bob Schlegel will present a Facebook Live artist talk and tour with gallerist Karin Clarke on September 18th.
May 18 - June 25, 2022
"Late Works and Selected Early Works"
Memorial exhibit for Robert Schlegel