Robert Schlegel was one of the region's favorite artists and one of the gallery’s 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!