Los Angeles

David Schnabel

Heritage Gallery

A strong colorist, Schnabel paints enigmas with thematic content often with ominous atomic references. The linear strokes are reminiscent of stained glass and a Rouault technique. The pigments are mostly red, purple and pink. Schnabel sets on glazes of tone over tone, achieving a shimmering depth of many-faceted imagery. Archaic and archetypal the forms represent groups, never an individual, caught in a framework of connecting lines. Done by less experienced hands, without the mysterious content and strong painterly qualities, these canvases might be as pretty as a rose, purple and pink boudoir.

Betje Howell