Waterhouse & Dodd is delighted to announce our partnership with the Jon Schueler estate. We will be mounting a major exhibition of the artist’s paintings and works on paper at our London gallery. The exhibition will consist of over 15 artworks and will run between 18th June and 12th July this year.
Jon Schueler was born in Milwaukee in 1916 and attended California School of Fine Arts. Encouraged by his teacher Clyfford Still, he moved to New York in 1951 where he became immersed in the world of the Abstract Expressionists including Mark Rothko, Jackson Pollock, Barnett Newman and Ad Reinhardt. In 1957 he visited Mallaig in Western Scotland for the first time where he would later buy an old schoolhouse called Romasaig in which he lived and worked between 1970 and 1975.
In a 1975 he had a solo exhibition at the Whitney Museum (New York) and in the same year appeared in Landscapes, Interior and Exterior: Avery, Rothko and Schueler at the Cleveland Institute of Fine Arts. In 1981 Schueler painted in the Talbot Rice Centre in the University of Edinburgh for six weeks on view to the public in an exhibition called The Search. His work also appears in various public collections including Scottish National Gallery of Modern Art (Edinburgh), National Gallery of Australia (Canberra) and Baltimore Museum of Art.
Schueler carried the scale, gravity and gesture from Abstract Expressionism to the dramatic skyscapes above the Sound of Sleat as seen from his studio. He captured the ephemeral effect of the skyline using layered washes and coloured glazes, a technique learnt from J. M. W. Turner. “This abstraction of the sea and the sky and Sleat – I was possessed by it… there is no colour I could define: the greys were not grey, the silver was not silver, the blacks were not black. It was light and all darkness. Believe me, I have seen eternity, and it is frightening and it is most beautiful…” (Jon Schueler, 29 June 1970).
For more information, please contact Jamie Anderson (+44 20 7734 7800).