Jon Schueler to the North
This is the first comprehensive testimony to the power and poetry of the paintings by this American artist who began his career in 1950s New York. Art historian Gerald Nordland explores Jon Schueler's student days, placing his work in the context of faculty members Clyfford Still and Hassel Smith and fellow students Ernest Briggs and Edward Dugmore. He then traces Schueler's bold, early abstract paintings as they evolved towards an imagery informed by his experiences during World War II.
Critic Richard Ingleby expands on the significance of Scotland and "the north" in Schueler's work and notes the artist's admiration for J.M.W. Turner. Drawing on the artist's published memoirs, Ingleby examines Schueler's struggle to maintain a balance between painting and writing, and his relationship with Mark Rothko.