Robert Schlegel, long a gallery favorite, lives and paints in Banks, OR. He began exhibiting in 1973, and since then has exhibited widely in Oregon and the Pacific Northwest. He is now represented by the Dana Gallery, Missoula, MT, Roby King Galleries, Bainbridge Island, WA, White Bird Gallery in Cannon Beach, and Mary Lou Zeek Gallery in Salem. His work is available at the Portland Museum of Art Rental Sales Gallery.
Schlegel’s vibrant acrylic and oil paintings explore the tension between the representational and the abstract, as he responds to the buildings, landscapes, and creatures – especially birds -- in his surroundings. He works on board or canvas, and often includes collaged materials in his images. Schlegel begins with a sketch in charcoal, graphite, or oil pastel, and then continues to develop the image either in the studio or in plein-air.
Recently, Schlegel has begun to explore three-dimensional forms. Using paper, wire, string, and fabric, he creates organic “gestures” which capture the posture and movement of birds and architectural constructions.
"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.