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.
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.
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.