Douglas Schneider

Biography

Douglas Schneider’s paintings blend crisp realism with dream-like abstraction, conjuring an enigmatic world. His new exhibition centers on the sublime, an idea that has intrigued philosophers from the ancient Greeks to Kant, Hegel and beyond—but that always has to do with a difficult-to-describe feeling of awe and the transcendence of everyday life. The Latin root, sublimis, means uplifted, high or exalted. When something is sublime, Schneider explains, “it transcends greatness, or beauty for the observer, like a deeply moving film or a transcendent piece of music. So when something is truly wonderful, or when someone acts in a truly noble way, it’s an example of sublimity.”

In his recent paintings, ballet dancers, a favorite subject, express the sublime with their bodies. Cavernous rooms suggest spaces that surpass comprehension. A woman gazes into abstract darkness as if on the brink of something, while light falls on her upswept hair. Schneider builds his paintings through a process of improvisation and excavation, guided by intuition and memory. He pulls images from historical photographs and documentary films as well as from his own life and his collections of everything from vintage toys to Life magazines to books on birds—an eclectic archive that contributes to the language of his paintings.

In its integration of representation and abstract expressionism, Schneider’s work recalls pioneering artists from James Rosenquist to Gerhard Richter. Like the post-Pop artists David Salle and Lari Pittman, he fearlessly blends styles, periods, influences and inspirations. His work is included in the collection of the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, the Fisher Collection, the Anderson Collection and others, and has been exhibited internationally. Educated at the California College of Arts and Art Center, Pasadena, he lives and works in Oakland.

Education

1988–1991 California College of the Arts (formerly CCAC) BFA

1983–1985 The Art Center, Pasadena, CA

1981–1983 California State University at Long Beach


Selected Solo Exhibitions

2021 Night Visions, Diehl Gallery, Jackson Hole

2019 Sublime, Caldwell Snyder Gallery, San Francisco, CA

            Art Market San Francisco, Caldwell Snyder Gallery

2017 Art Market San Francisco, Caldwell Snyder Gallery, SF, CA

            Dance, Caldwell Snyder Gallery, San Francisco, CA

2015 Empty Rooms, Caldwell Snyder Gallery San Francisco, CA

2013 Caldwell Snyder Gallery, San Francisco, CA

2011 Caldwell Snyder Gallery, San Francisco, CA

2009 Dolby Chadwick Gallery, San Francisco, CA

2007 MW Galleries, Aspen, CO

2006 Go Go Gallery, Miami, FL

2006 Meyer Milagros Gallery, Jackson, WY

2005 Kiddersmith Gallery, Boston, MA

2005 Larry Evans Gallery, San Francisco, CA

2004 Pac III Silpakorn University Gallery, Bangkok, Thailand

2004 Scott White Contemporary Art, Telluride, CO

2003 Larry Evans Gallery, San Francisco, CA

2002 Anne Reed Gallery, Ketchum, ID

2002 Scott White Gallery, La Jolla, CA

2001 Larry Evans/James Willis Gallery, San Francisco, CA

2000 SOMA Gallery, La Jolla, CA

1999 Larry Evans/James Willis Gallery, San Francisco, CA

1997 Larry Evans/James Willis Gallery, San Francisco, CA

1996 Larry Evans/James Willis Gallery, Sen Francisco, CA

1995 SFMoMA, Artists Salon Exhibition, San Francisco, CA

1995 Larry Evans/James Willis Gallery, San Francisco, CA

1995 Plaza Gallery, Bank of America World Headquarters, San Francisco, CA

1994 Evans-Gropper-Willis Gallery, San Francisco, CA

1993 Larry Evans Fine Art San Francisco, CA


Selected Collections

SFMOMA, San Francisco, CA • The Fisher Collection, San Francisco, CA • The Anderson Collection, San Francisco, CA • Kent and Vicki Logan, Vail, CO • Jim and Patt Aitchison, Moraga, CA • David and Susan Coulter, New York, NY • Nancy Constlne, San Francisco, CA • Charles and Rebecca Daggs, Lafayette, CA • Dixon and Carol DolI, San Francisco, CA • Joe and Sandy Gandolfo, Palos Verdes Estates, CA

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Selected Artworks

Halo | SOLD

Halo | SOLD

Oil on Panel

12 x 12 inches

220441

Still Water

Still Water

Oil on Panel

12 x 12 inches

220430

Dark Water

Dark Water

Oil on Panel

12 x 12 inches

220429

Dragonfly

Dragonfly

Oil on Canvas

50 x 60 inches

220417

The Threshold | SOLD

The Threshold | SOLD

Oil on canvas

40 x 30 inches

220416

The Bridge

The Bridge

Oil on Canvas

60 x 60 inches

220415

In the Light | SOLD

In the Light | SOLD

Oil/Collage on Panel

24 x 24 inches

220366

The Crossing | SOLD

The Crossing | SOLD

Oil on Canvas

48 x 36 inches

220365

Ascension | SOLD

Ascension | SOLD

Oil on Canvas

60 x 50 inches

220364

Carpe Diem

Carpe Diem

Oil on Canvas

60 x 60 inches

220363

Jete

Jete

Oil on Canvas

60 x 50 inches

220223

In Dreams

In Dreams

Oil on Canvas

48 x 48 inches

210204

The Dreaming Chair

The Dreaming Chair

oil on canvas

60 x 60 inches

190137

War Dance

War Dance

oil on canvas

54 x 44 inches

170048

Breathe

Breathe

oil on canvas

30 x 40 inches

170011

Education

1988–1991 California College of the Arts (formerly CCAC) BFA

1983–1985 The Art Center, Pasadena, CA

1981–1983 California State University at Long Beach


Selected Solo Exhibitions

2021 Night Visions, Diehl Gallery, Jackson Hole

2019 Sublime, Caldwell Snyder Gallery, San Francisco, CA

            Art Market San Francisco, Caldwell Snyder Gallery

2017 Art Market San Francisco, Caldwell Snyder Gallery, SF, CA

            Dance, Caldwell Snyder Gallery, San Francisco, CA

2015 Empty Rooms, Caldwell Snyder Gallery San Francisco, CA

2013 Caldwell Snyder Gallery, San Francisco, CA

2011 Caldwell Snyder Gallery, San Francisco, CA

2009 Dolby Chadwick Gallery, San Francisco, CA

2007 MW Galleries, Aspen, CO

2006 Go Go Gallery, Miami, FL

2006 Meyer Milagros Gallery, Jackson, WY

2005 Kiddersmith Gallery, Boston, MA

2005 Larry Evans Gallery, San Francisco, CA

2004 Pac III Silpakorn University Gallery, Bangkok, Thailand

2004 Scott White Contemporary Art, Telluride, CO

2003 Larry Evans Gallery, San Francisco, CA

2002 Anne Reed Gallery, Ketchum, ID

2002 Scott White Gallery, La Jolla, CA

2001 Larry Evans/James Willis Gallery, San Francisco, CA

2000 SOMA Gallery, La Jolla, CA

1999 Larry Evans/James Willis Gallery, San Francisco, CA

1997 Larry Evans/James Willis Gallery, San Francisco, CA

1996 Larry Evans/James Willis Gallery, Sen Francisco, CA

1995 SFMoMA, Artists Salon Exhibition, San Francisco, CA

1995 Larry Evans/James Willis Gallery, San Francisco, CA

1995 Plaza Gallery, Bank of America World Headquarters, San Francisco, CA

1994 Evans-Gropper-Willis Gallery, San Francisco, CA

1993 Larry Evans Fine Art San Francisco, CA


Selected Collections

SFMOMA, San Francisco, CA • The Fisher Collection, San Francisco, CA • The Anderson Collection, San Francisco, CA • Kent and Vicki Logan, Vail, CO • Jim and Patt Aitchison, Moraga, CA • David and Susan Coulter, New York, NY • Nancy Constlne, San Francisco, CA • Charles and Rebecca Daggs, Lafayette, CA • Dixon and Carol DolI, San Francisco, CA • Joe and Sandy Gandolfo, Palos Verdes Estates, CA

Douglas Schneider’s paintings blend crisp realism with dream-like abstraction, conjuring an enigmatic world. His new exhibition centers on the sublime, an idea that has intrigued philosophers from the ancient Greeks to Kant, Hegel and beyond—but that always has to do with a difficult-to-describe feeling of awe and the transcendence of everyday life. The Latin root, sublimis, means uplifted, high or exalted. When something is sublime, Schneider explains, “it transcends greatness, or beauty for the observer, like a deeply moving film or a transcendent piece of music. So when something is truly wonderful, or when someone acts in a truly noble way, it’s an example of sublimity.”

In his recent paintings, ballet dancers, a favorite subject, express the sublime with their bodies. Cavernous rooms suggest spaces that surpass comprehension. A woman gazes into abstract darkness as if on the brink of something, while light falls on her upswept hair. Schneider builds his paintings through a process of improvisation and excavation, guided by intuition and memory. He pulls images from historical photographs and documentary films as well as from his own life and his collections of everything from vintage toys to Life magazines to books on birds—an eclectic archive that contributes to the language of his paintings.

In its integration of representation and abstract expressionism, Schneider’s work recalls pioneering artists from James Rosenquist to Gerhard Richter. Like the post-Pop artists David Salle and Lari Pittman, he fearlessly blends styles, periods, influences and inspirations. His work is included in the collection of the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, the Fisher Collection, the Anderson Collection and others, and has been exhibited internationally. Educated at the California College of Arts and Art Center, Pasadena, he lives and works in Oakland.

Douglas Schneider
Biography

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Douglas Schneider

Carpe Diem

Artist Reception Saturday August 24 | 3 - 5 pm

San Francisco


My point of departure for this exhibition was the famous phrase coined by the Roman poet Horace, which literally means “to pluck the day.” I was inspired by the idea that we should enjoy life while we can—but even more than that, I wanted to expand the concept of carpe diem to embrace the resilience of the human spirit, which constantly searches for ways to experience and express joy regardless of any obstacles. In this series, my use of female figures honors this resilient spirit as embodied by women, and the grace and beauty with which they continue to thrive.

Schneider’s paintings are multifaceted, conceptually rich collages of techniques, ideas, and source material. In energetic color, he blends figuration with abstraction, art historical references with contemporary motifs, text with image, and improvisation with structure. 

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