Robert Schlegel (1947-2021) American, 1947-2021

Robert Schlegel was one of the region's favorite artists and one of the gallerys most collected. He was a lifetime resident of Banks, Oregon,  where he painted full time from 2002 until his untimely death in the summer of 2021.


This exhibit features a small selection of early work, as well as a variety of his later paintings, mixed-media works, and sculptural pieces. We will also have some unusual items from his studio for visitors to enjoy and to deepen their appreciation of this wonderful and much-missed man.


Schlegel's vibrant acrylic and oil paintings explore the tension between the representational and the abstract, as he responded to the buildings, landscapes, and creatures - especially birds -- in his surroundings. His work was primarily done on board or canvas, and often included collaged materials in his images.


Schlegel had begun to explore three-dimensional forms in his later years. Using paper, wire, string, and fabric, he created organic "gestures" which capture the posture and movement of birds and the essence of architectural constructions.


The gallery is honored to have this retrospective look at Robert Schlegel’s work and is pleased that his family will join us to celebrate his life. We hope you will join us too!


"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.