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Modernist Contemporary: Art by Robert Schaad

An abstract painting of a figure on a bright red backgroundHidden Meeting., acrylic on canvas

Robert Schaad studied art in New York, absorbing numerous musical and visual influences that inform his current practice. The artist’s “modernist contemporary” artworks are a blend of various styles and eras, relying on bright colors and gestural forms to create movement-filled images.


An abstract painting of several figures in a black and grey massSerpentry, Carpentry, Pageantry, acrylic and ink on paper

I like looking through Robert’s portfolio and seeing all of the different substrates that he experiments with. One gallery features paintings of a variety of materials including linen, masonite, and even nylon. While the artist maintains a fairly consistent style throughout all these works, the subtle differences that are invoked by the different surfaces give the reader an interesting look into the material existence of the paintings.


A screen capture of Robert Schaad's art websiteA gallery on Robert's website


I find that the artist’s works on paper show off his more frantic, impulsive aesthetic side. These works, often combining multiple media such as acrylic, ink and collage, show a less restrained side of Robert’s practice and style. A combination of subdued colors, modernist lines and overlapping shapes form fascinating self-contained abstractions. 


An abstract artwork with pink and purple tonesRemembering Not To Forget, acrylic and ink on paper

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Dallas Jeffs Art Writer

Dallas Jeffs is the Editor of Artist Run Website's blog. She is a recent graduate of Emily Carr University of Art and Design, where she studied Critical and Cultural Practices. She is passionate about talking and writing about art, and sharing that interest with others. In her studio practice she is a painter, but she considers herself an art writer and educator foremost. If you like art, books and culture with a science fiction twist, check out Dallas' personal blog, HappySpaceNoises

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