Ab­stract land­scapes go on show at High­land gallery

The Oban Times - - Leisure -

AN EX­HI­BI­TION of ab­stract He­bridean land­scapes by the late US ex­pres­sion­ist Jon Schueler, who moved to Mal­laig in 1970 to paint Scot­land’s tur­bu­lent skies, is go­ing on dis­play next month in a re­mote High­land gallery to mark the artist’s cen­te­nary.

Re­sipole Stu­dios, a con­tem­po­rary art gallery on the shores of Loch Su­nart near Stron­tian, is host­ing the series of art­works en­ti­tled Sea To Sky: Jon

Schueler. A spokes­woman said: ‘ This is the first time we have hosted an ex­hi­bi­tion cel­e­brat­ing the life and work of an artist as revered and re­spected as the late, ab­stract- ex­pres­sion­ist Jon Schueler. Re­sipole Stu­dios is in­cred­i­bly hon­oured.’

Schueler’s paint­ings can fetch up to $100,000 at auc­tion. Sea to Sky presents a col­lec­tion of 38 works cen­tral to Schueler’s time spent on the west coast, where he lived from 1970 to 1975. It is just one of a group of ex­hi­bi­tions in the US and in the UK to mark the cen­ten­nial of his birth.

Jon Schueler, born in 1916 in Mil­wau­kee, Wis­con­sin, was an ac­claimed mem­ber of the New York School. He joined the US Army Air Force in win­ter 1941 and, as a nav­i­ga­tor of B-17s sta­tioned in Bri­tain, flew mis­sions over France and Ger­many. It was at this point he dis­cov­ered his re­spect for the el­e­ments and sky.

De­scrib­ing his fas­ci­na­tion with his sub­ject, Scheuler wrote in It Is mag­a­zine in 1960: ‘ When I speak of na­ture, I’m speak­ing of the sky. And when I think of the sky, I think of the Scot­tish sky over Mal­laig. Time was there and mo­tion was there. Lands form­ing, seas dis­ap­pear­ing, words frag­ment­ing, colours giv­ing birth to burn­ing shapes.’

The ex­hi­bi­tion will run for six weeks from Au­gust 6 to Septem­ber 18 and will fea­ture a num­ber of events cel­e­brat­ing Jon Schueler’s cen­ten­nial.

Jon Schueler in his stu­dio in Mal­laig.

Eigg - Shadow and Sun Storm Near Knoy­dart

Red Sky Over the Sound of Sleat

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