Douglas Schneider

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 In energetic color, he blends figuration with abstraction, art historical references with contemporary motifs, text with image, and improvisation with structure.  His new works explore a fascination with the world of dance, capturing ballerinas in mid-expression, giving us snapshots of intricate performances, and suggesting music and reflective, emotional states. 

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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

Professional Experience
2000 Instructor, Drawing, Academy of Art, San Francisco
1990-1991 Instructor, Life Drawing, California College of Arts and Crafts
1983 Instructor, Basic Drawing, California State University at Long Beach

Awards
1998 Recent Graduate of Distinction, California College of Arts and Crafts

Selected Solo Exhibitions

2013 “Spell Bound”, Caldwell Snyder Gallery, San Francisco, CA
2011 “Fate, Choice and Desire”, Caldwell Snyder Gallery, San Francisco, CA.
2009 "Suburban Birthday Party" at 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, Idaho
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, San Francisco, CA
1995 SFMoMA Artists Salon Exhibition
1995 Larry Evans/James Willis Gallery, San Francisco, CA
1995 Plaza Gallery Bank 0f Amerlca World Headquarters, San Francisco
1994 Evans-Gropper-Willis Gallery, San Francisco, CA
1993 Larry Evans Fine Art San Francisco, CA
1991 Isabel Percy West Gallery, California College of Arts and Crafts
1990 Tecoah Bruce Gallery/Oliver Art Center Oakland, CA
1989 Isabel Percy West Gallery California, College of Arts and Crafts

Selected Group Exhibitions
2011 Robert Matre Gallery, Atlanta, GA
2010 Caldwell Snyder Gallery, San Francisco, CA
2008 "Quorum" at Limn Gallery, Los Angeles, CA
2008 "Code Switching" at Swarm Gallery, Oakland, CA
2007 "Code Switching" at Red House Gallery, Los Angeles, CA with "Quorum"
2006 "Whos's Afraid of San Francisco" at Frey Norris Gallery, San Francisco, CA
2006 "Blood for Art" at Scope, Miami, FL with the "Quorum" collective
1997 Hammer Museum, Los Angeles, CA

Selected Collections
San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, San Francisco, CA
The Fisher Collection, San Francisco, CA
The Anderson Collection, San Francisco, CA
Kent and Vicki Logan, Vail, CO
The Lillie Family Collection, Atherton, CA
Staglin Family Vineyard, Rutherford, CA

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Selected Artworks

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

Professional Experience
2000 Instructor, Drawing, Academy of Art, San Francisco
1990-1991 Instructor, Life Drawing, California College of Arts and Crafts
1983 Instructor, Basic Drawing, California State University at Long Beach

Awards
1998 Recent Graduate of Distinction, California College of Arts and Crafts

Selected Solo Exhibitions

2013 “Spell Bound”, Caldwell Snyder Gallery, San Francisco, CA
2011 “Fate, Choice and Desire”, Caldwell Snyder Gallery, San Francisco, CA.
2009 "Suburban Birthday Party" at 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, Idaho
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, San Francisco, CA
1995 SFMoMA Artists Salon Exhibition
1995 Larry Evans/James Willis Gallery, San Francisco, CA
1995 Plaza Gallery Bank 0f Amerlca World Headquarters, San Francisco
1994 Evans-Gropper-Willis Gallery, San Francisco, CA
1993 Larry Evans Fine Art San Francisco, CA
1991 Isabel Percy West Gallery, California College of Arts and Crafts
1990 Tecoah Bruce Gallery/Oliver Art Center Oakland, CA
1989 Isabel Percy West Gallery California, College of Arts and Crafts

Selected Group Exhibitions
2011 Robert Matre Gallery, Atlanta, GA
2010 Caldwell Snyder Gallery, San Francisco, CA
2008 "Quorum" at Limn Gallery, Los Angeles, CA
2008 "Code Switching" at Swarm Gallery, Oakland, CA
2007 "Code Switching" at Red House Gallery, Los Angeles, CA with "Quorum"
2006 "Whos's Afraid of San Francisco" at Frey Norris Gallery, San Francisco, CA
2006 "Blood for Art" at Scope, Miami, FL with the "Quorum" collective
1997 Hammer Museum, Los Angeles, CA

Selected Collections
San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, San Francisco, CA
The Fisher Collection, San Francisco, CA
The Anderson Collection, San Francisco, CA
Kent and Vicki Logan, Vail, CO
The Lillie Family Collection, Atherton, CA
Staglin Family Vineyard, Rutherford, CA

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.