Koplin Del Rio Gallery is pleased to announce its ninth exhibition of new work by Wisconsin-based draftsman Robert Schultz.
Robert Schultz’s current exhibition features a series of new silverpoint drawings which has been the artist’s choice of medium for the past 10 years. He begins each drawing with a sketchbook study in red pencil to work out composition and lighting. Then he proceeds to draw with a silver stylus on a 7 layered gessoed panel. The inherent nature of silverpoint drawings is a particular challenge due to the unforgiving nature of this old master medium. Each mark with the silver stylus is permanent and tonal shifts must be carefully executed. Schultz’s signature technique and attention to detail goes seemingly beyond the ability of the human eye to capture information. His drawings speak not only of his uncompromising diligence, but also capture his passion of working from the live model and his deep connection with each individual subject.
The compositions are intimate and personal and I hope to entice the viewer to look and then look closer. I have also played with many different textures, fabrics and skin and hair types to create a series of drawings that together reveal the psychological nature of each drawing. – Robert Schultz
Schultz reaches beyond making accurate drawings by definition, where the artist’s technique rather gives us the impression of the completed form consequentially portraying more of a visual surface tension in his imagery. The viewer is convinced through manipulated tones and details that he has captured his model’s every hair, when in fact he gives the viewer the illusion of initial impression. In addition, denim is a deceptive texture to also draw. In capturing the convincingly suggested curves and wrinkles of fabric, Schultz distinctly creates a denim-like texture of the fabric’s tone and scale which suggests the denim is photographically accurate.
Schultz having studied with renowned artists John Wilde and Richard Long at the University of Wisconsin, at Madison in the late 70s, is a superb draftsman. Schultz renders dramatic swaths of shadow on his studio wall and subtle reflective light on the model with equal attention: there is no loss of detail in the rich darkened areas or the crisp highlights. Lighting is an integral part of each thoughtfully crafted composition and is used to further enhance the visual narrative. The silver point marks on panel take on a distinct iridescent quality that complements both his virtuoso technique and sophisticated eye. His drawings spring from the long artistic tradition of depicting the figure.
Robert Schultz was born in Keokuk, Iowa and grew up in Madison, Wisconsin. He received his B.A and M.F.A. from the University of Wisconsin and currently teaches Advanced Life Drawing and Figure Drawing at Madison College. Schultz’s work has been exhibited nationally and is included in several public collections including the Art Institute of Chicago, The Arkansas Art Center, The Boise Art Museum, The Chrysler Museum of Art, and the Philadelphia Museum of Art.
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