Janice Schuler Mixed Media Composition of Abstract Figure, 2016
Janice Schuler (Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, 20th/21st century)
Untitled (abstract figural portrait), 2016
Oil pastels, acrylic paint, gesso, and paper collage on wood panel
Signed and dated to the lower right and to the verso
“The best thing about being an artist is you create something that was not here before,” says Pittsburgh-based artist and educator Janice Schuler. A graduate of Carnegie Mellon University in Painting and Printmaking, Schuler’s work is figural, abstract, and expressionistic in both content and style. Her compositions reflect the Abstract Expressionist influence of both Willem De Kooning and Joan Mitchell, and the Surrealist and Art Brut influence of Jean Dubuffet, all of whom Schuler has identified as artists she admires. She explains that she enjoys working in a variety of media as each material brings a unique quality and contribution to a work of art. She applies her medium of choice with various instruments, such as old credit cards, fingers, knives, brushes, sewing materials, and other household items that she finds fit for manipulating paint.
In addition to working as an artist, Schuler is a retired art and communications instructor, and previously worked as a journalist for various publications, such as Pittsburgh magazine and the Pittsburgh Press, now the Post-Gazette. Aside from her degree at Carnegie Mellon University, her extensive education includes an M.A. in Motion Picture/Television-Critical Studies from UCLA, an M.A. in Conflict Resolution from the University of California of Pennsylvania, a PhD ABD in Telecommunications and Film and a Minor in Women’s Studies from the University of Oregon. Throughout her career, she has exhibited her work at several venues, including Eastside Gallery in Pittsburgh, the Associated Artists of Pittsburgh Exhibition Space, and the Members’ Gallery of the Pittsburgh Society of Artists among others.
- minor smudging, discoloration, and debris to pastels, paint, gesso, and collage; peeling at the edges of paper collage segments; chipping and flaking to the veneer of the frame; abrasions, scratching, scuffing, accretions, and light discoloration to frame.
- measurements of frame; sight measures 23.5" W x 29.5" H.