John Schuyler by Old Towne Gallery



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Schuyler began experimenting with fresco techniques in the mid-to-late 1990's. As heexplored the possibilities of fresco, Schuyler became absorbed in the coarseness created by different applications of the plaster to his canvas. Thus, he is able to produce very rich and dynamic textures. Looking at any of his pieces, you are given to a sudden urge to run a hand over the surface of his painting.

As Schuyler's captivation with texture progressed, the content and form of his paintings became simpler. Color studies replaced traditional forms of content in his pieces, and the balance and contrast of color became the second focal point of Schuyler's paintings. He infuses pigment into wet plaster so that color becomes part of the texture, rather than being applied to it. Schuyler strenuously scrapes acrylic paint and pigmented plaster from the surface of the linen in a style known as scraffito. This technique produces very deep and luminescent colors that heighten the effect of Schuyler's composition.

Schuyler's unconventional approach to fresco culminates in paintings that leave a powerful impression on the viewer. His rough texture alludes to a passionate physicality while its simplicity in form reflects a cool logic, a balance inherent in all his pieces. Schuyler has emerged as one of the most significant abstract painters of his generation, achieving recognition through solo and group exhibition. His works can be found in numerous private collections around the world and is represented at Addison Gallery in Boca Raton, FL, RVS Fine Art in Southampton, NY, Lowe Gallery in Atlanta, Ga. and Jules Place in Boston, Ma.

Artist Statement

The inspiration for my work is both selective and indiscriminate. After the initial influence sparks the beginning of a painting, the piece generally takes on a vision of it's own, a relationship develops between us and occasionally conflicts must be overcome. At other times it's very passionate and I'm in the moment, not questioning the end result, trusting it will take me where it wants to go.

My work has evolved over the years and continues to undergo numerous transformations.

The ultimate intention of my work is to evoke an emotional response, A strong feeling of any kind indicates passion and with that we can truly live life to its absolute fullest.


2011 Group Show, "By the Sea", Gardner Colby Galleries, Naples, FL

March 2010 Solo Exhibition, "John Schuyler", Thornwood Galleries, Houston, TX

December 2009 Solo Exhibition, Paws4Liberty Benefit, Addison Gallery, Boca Raton, FL

December 2009 Group Show, "December Salon", Jules Place, Boston, MA

July 2009 Solo Exhibition, "Beneath the Surface", RVS Fine Art, Southhampton, NY

June 2009 Group Show, "Quadrivial: New Gallery Artists", Thornwood Galleries, Houston, TX

2009 Group Show, "Spring" Jules Place, Boston, MA

2009 Group Show, "Restoration" Lowe Gallery, Atlanta, Georgia

2008 Solo Exhibition, Addison Gallery, Boca Raton, Florida

2007 Group Show, Addison Gallery, Boca Raton, Florida

2006 Group Show, Lurie Fine Art, Miami, Florida

2006 Solo Exhibition, Addison Gallery, Palm Beach, Florida

2005 Abstractions, Addison Gallery, Boca Raton, Florida

2004 Solo Show, Addison Gallery, Boca Raton, Florida

2003 Group Exhibition, RVS Gallery, Southhampton, New York

2003 Designers Showcase, Designers Showhouse 2003, Boca Raton, Florida

2002 Solo Exhibition, Addison Gallery, Boca Raton, Florida