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WARPAINT BREAD & SALT 1955 Julian Avenue, San Diego 92113 Gallery Hours: Tue- Sat 11am - 4pm

Lynn Schuette’s WARPAINT is a solo exhibition of new and selected paintings from four series and projects created over the last seven years. The majority of this work has never been show in public. The title Warpaint is a new painting in the Stay Romantic series (2018-19) which was inspired by Eden, a British reality TV series that tried to recreate paradise and went awry; an unfinished J. M. W. Turner painting; and the 18th century Romantic painters, all men, who idealized Nature. Two paintings from the series Finishing Turner and Eden are currently on view in San Diego Surreal at the Oceanside Museum of Art.

The exhibition will also include selections from the Desierto Pintado series (2012 & 2017). The Desierto Pintado series subverts clichés of American landscape painting. A range of source material was used from 19th Century Western landscape painters like Albert Bierstadt to travel ads, beer signs, and calendars to the artist's photos of the Southern California desert. Though the series started in 2014, a second phase began in November, 2017 and was the antecedent for Stay Romantic. Apparición (2012) a painting from this series is being shown in San Diego Surreal at the Oceanside Museum of Art.    

The One Dozen Roses project will be installed in the Bread & Salt Special Projects Gallery.  The One Dozen Roses series started in 2014 as a tribute to the antiwar movement and student strikes of the late 60’s, and was created from the artist’s photos of aging roses.  Its themes of beauty, aging and death were deepened by the January 2015 terrorist attack and killings of 12 people at the Charlie Hebdo offices in Paris. The French captions are a reference to the international response of the Je Suis Charlie movement in support of artists’ freedom of expression. This is an ongoing series, as any of the individual works are sold, Schuette replaces them with a new painting to keep the full dozen complete and alive. Rose #3 Je suis ni vieux ni mort (I am neither old nor dead) is in the collection of the Museum of Contemporary Art San Diego.

Stream, an installation work (2013-14) was a yearlong painting project for the artist’s sixty-fifth year. The title Stream is a reference to natural flows of fluids, bodies, water, blood, streaming live, stream of tears, stream of consciousness . . . On June 21, 2013 the first sixty-five paintings were shown in the artist’s studio. Over the year as individual pieces were sold, the Stream was replenished and finished on June 20, 2014.  Ninety-six paintings were created for the project. Some of the Stream paintings were featured in the Nature Improved: San Diego Artists Interpret Our Landscape exhibition at the Oceanside Museum of Art, the San Diego History Center, and the University Club.



San Diego Surreal at Oceanside Museum of Art from Feb. 23-June 16.

 
Apparicion, Desierto Pintado  series 2012 acrylic/canvas 50” x 40”   Collection of Ellen Speert and Paul Henry

Apparicion, Desierto Pintado series 2012 acrylic/canvas 50” x 40”

Collection of Ellen Speert and Paul Henry

 

 

San Diego Surreal at Oceanside Museum of Art from Feb. 23-June 16.

In the decades since the founding of the movement in 1924, the Surrealist spirit has revolutionized the arts and pervaded social theory. Its legacy is found in the work of the Beat poets, the Marxist-inspired Situationist International, the countercultural movement of the 1960s, and punk. Today Surrealism inspires a plethora of avant-garde ideas and techniques among contemporary artists. The movement is enjoying a resurgence due to the political and social conditions of the times, with its accompanying climate of disillusionment and rebellion.  Guest curator Susan M. Anderson has selected three large paintings by Lynn Schuette for the show which opens February 23 and runs through June 16. Anderson is an independent curator and art historian with a focus on California art. She is the former chief curator of Laguna Art Museum.

The exhibition focuses on the work of both contemporary artists and earlier 20th-century modernists who drew upon Surrealism, including Dorr Bothwell, Althea Brimm, Hugo Crosthwaite, Marianela de la Hoz, Einar and Jamex de la Torre, Charles Glaubitz, Ethel Greene, Jeff Irwin, Cliff McReynolds, Lynn Schuette, Allison Schulnik, Harry Sternberg, Walter Sutin, Jean Swiggett, Jen Trute, and Perry Vasquez. 

Read more about San Diego Surreal here.

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