Guestbook

I appreciate it if you would sign my guestbook and include comments.  Below is one such comment.

Thanks again for visiting my site.

Tom Schneider

Statement from Denise Ticer, Art Director Santa Fe ArtWorld                             

There is something so honest about the world in your work, human nature and the affect as it impacts the individual who falls prey to it.  It is as though you lay great insight into canvas.  Your work is reminiscent of loneliness in society, the isolation there of.  Something almost austere, like the realization of what we have created in our environment, so willing to be a part of but wanting to escape.  You have captured the confines of man and/or woman in the structure of their mind, or is it the world they have built for themselves that destroys them, caused their isolation, and with even the remains of earthly environment affected by it.  Death of life.

The Wait and Still Life with 4 Apples, defines the distance woman has made between herself and the outside world with the exit being so far away to be almost not there at all. The Black Bowl, almost like the empty head, save for the apple, one fruitful thought of man as automation.  The wretchedness of physical form as it deteriorates and thus needs the miracles of modern medicine as in Milliner with Colostomy.  Dead of Night seems as though the city breaths with life, a life that closes in suffocates us.  As depicted in Snowy Night and Winter Storm, even the life of nature is lost to man-the snow kept from earth by our towering roof tops.  The insignificance of it all. 

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About My Work

I have always been concerned about the way people viewed painting.   However, sculpture was the art form that drew my attention due to its three dimensional quality, enticing me into its own environment.  

 

I wanted to do the same thing with my paintings and drawings, bring the viewer into the art works environment.  That is the reason I allow the paintings to flow onto the floor space into the viewers space.  In the still life drawings I like to hang the tables with their legs almost touch the floor, after all table legs do touch the floor.


Framed paintings always created a distance between me and the work.  Someone said to me that looking at painting was like looking through a window into someone’s private life, a voyeur. 


The element of art which always drew my attention was the emotional and psychological content.  This became a way for me to express myself, often dealing with personal experiences.


“Anthropomorphic” is the best way to describe my work, giving human qualities to non-human objects. The painting “Self Portrait with Apple” is a good example.  It is a table with elements of me, paint brushes and tubes in container with my name on it as well as other objects. On the table legs are an actual pair of my old socks and shoes.    


Some of my art work is “in your face” works.  Such a work is “Milliner with Colostomy” which is a look at a real individual and a part of life people want to push aside.  Not all the art work is accepted.  Maybe it touches a cord that is difficult to experience.

Tom Schneider