Featured Artwork: Olaf Schneider

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"Conversation Peace" by Olaf Schneider

“Conversation Peace”

Oil on canvas

40 x 66 in.

Available through the artist

 

‘This painting was made after we finished an early morning paddle. My wife and I spent the early part of the day together watching out for wildlife in the interior of Algonquin Park in northern Ontario. Tracey called out to me “you are just in time for coffee” as I was painting a small study of this painting. We love to watch the sunrise together.

This made for time for reconnecting and catching up with the things that are important with each other. Hence the name ‘Conversation Peace’.

A few weeks ago, I was informed that Ducks Unlimited chose my painting for the 2017 Portfolio. I am so blessed. Thank you Lord.’

 

Biography

Olaf Schneider (b.1964) is a husband, father of two, and grandfather of six. He studied at the Ontario College of Art as well as Sheridan College. In 1986, while painting large scale outdoor advertising billboards for Mediacom, he acquired a strong practical foundation that would become integral to his work today.

He is greatly inspired by mentor Ron Grieg and Norman Rockwell.

For Olaf each piece represents an intense exploration and refinement of his personal pictorial sensitivities, especially as they relate to beauty, form, light, and shade. Composition, color, and craftsmanship are all elements that become the building blocks of his work. Olaf is a prolific painter who is inspired by the power and diversity of the northern landscape, and anything that needs a “second look”. An explorer by nature, he travels across North America and Europe to gain inspiration.

 “Each dab I make is stimulated by the details that I observe. I hope to see what others miss and then make it compelling. I push and alter the colors to suit my ravenous needs and I love to improvise on the spot.” 
Olaf has a passion for a variety of subjects. Through his art, he expresses his love for life and his affinity with vibrant colour.

“I like to use expressive and thick impasto brushstrokes or soft blended strokes to render a sense of movement and texture giving the painting a life of its own. My interpretation of colour also sets the dynamic mood. The tones often range from the darkest to the lightest in an effort to achieve maximum drama. This creative combination is spontaneous and intuitive.”

To keep his mind clear and focused he limits his exposure to all the media ‘noise’ we generally are pummelled with daily. He does not watch TV and restricts his time on the computer. He starts his day with God in prayer and meditation. Painting six to ten hours a day is common practice. Equally important to Olaf is continued growth and learning.

 
“I want to always have an open mind so that new ideas may come in. In the mind of an expert, there are few possibilities, but in the mind of an amateur they become endless. This is a God given gift and I value it greatly. If I am able to bring emotion, understanding, comfort, or joy into another’s life then I am using it wisely in His glory.”

Philosophy

Art is a celebration of life, and the making of art is an expression of the sacred spiritual discipline. If a painting could, for a moment, capture the attention and awareness of the viewer through visual harmony, carry on a dialogue, bring the viewer further than the call of the senses, beyond a momentary concern for the past or future, to a timeless state free from thought and self consciousness. Then the work has approached the realm of art, the realm of life. Art and money don’t mix.

View more of Olaf’s work at http://www.olaf.ca.

Solo Exhibitions

2016 – Tilting at Windmills Gallery, Vermont

2016 – Broadway Galleries, Virginia

2015 – Westmount Gallery, Ontario

2015 – Woodbine Raceway

2015 – International Artist Magazine June issue

2014 – Cannes France

2005–2013 – Westmount Gallery, Toronto

2011 – Royal Gallery, Rhode Island

2009 – Mercedes Benz, Ontario

2009 – Homer Watson Gallery

2008 – Gallery DeLisle

2005 – Hummingbird Centre

2004 – McMichael Gallery, Kleinburg

2003–2006 – International Artists Magazine

1998–2004 – Formula 1, Montreal & Indianapolis

Group Exhibitions

2014 – Chapel St. Bernardin, France

2014 – Le Cannet, France

2008–2013 – Westmount Gallery, Toronto

2013 – The Louvre, SNBA Salon, France

2009–2013 – Edgewood Orchard Gallery, Wisconsin

2013 – Galerie Demante, California

2012 – The Connecticut Society of Portrait Artists

2012 – Portrait Society of America

2011 – Thornwood Art Gallery, Texas

2011 – Canadian Heritage Art Gallery

2010–2013 – Toronto International Art Fair

2010 – Canadian Heritage Art Gallery, Toronto

2010 – Thornwood Art Gallery , Texas

2009 – Boston International Art Fair

2007–2011 – Miller Gallery, Ohio

2007 – Scottsdale Art Gallery, Arizona

2006 – Kipling Gallery Woodbridge, Ontario

2006 – Manitou Gallery, Santa Fe, NM

2006 – Latino America International

2004–2006 – Todmorden Mills Heritage Museum

2002–2005 – Hummingbird Centre, Toronto

2000 – Living Arts Centre, Mississauga

1998–2002 – Molson Indy, Toronto & Vancouver

Publications

American Art Collector Magazine

Arabella Magazine

Houston Lifestyles and Homes

Ducks Unlimited 2007, 2009, 2010, 2011

Etobicoke Guardian

Scarborough Mirror

Vaughan Weekly

George Chuvalo Fight Against Drugs

International Artist

Art Fix

WPBS Television

Algonquin Park news

The Huntsville Forrester

24 Hours

Toronto Life

2004–2006 Magazin’art Biennial Guide

Creative Source 1989, 2004

Corporate and Private Collections

Ripley’s Aquarium Canada, Toronto

PCO – Construction Ltd.

The Haven on the Queensway, Toronto

The Good Shepard, Toronto

Mackenzie Financial, Toronto

Toronto Dominion Bank, Toronto

Ducks Unlimited 2007, 2009, 2010, 2011, 2012

Make a Wish Foundation

George Chuvalo Fight Against Drugs Foundation, Canada

Paul Smith’s College, New York

Make a Wish Foundation, Toronto

Hospital for Sick Children, Toronto & Montreal

Jessie Centre for Teenagers, Toronto

Ontario Provincial Police, Canada

Labatt Breweries Ltd. Ontario, Canada

Evian Canada

Gilles Villeneuve Museum, Quebec

Chapters Indigo Canada

Mercedes-Benz, Toronto

Ford Ontario

Ferrari North America

Apple Canada

Governor General of Madrid, Spain

L.L.C.B.O.

Art Gallery of Ontario

Centennial College

Van Moorehem Barristers, Ontario

Block Parents Foundation,  Canada

Current Gallery Representation

Chloe Gallery, San Francisco CA  415.531.5748

Eclipse Gallery, Huntsville ON  705.783.2579

Emma Butler, St. John’s NFLD  709.739.7111

Lovetts Gallery, Tulsa OK  918.664.4732

MountainMist Gallery, Cashiers NC  407.620.2685

Palm Avenue Fine Art, Sarasota FL  941.388.7526

Rendezvous Gallery, Vancouver BC  604.687.7466

Spa Fine Art Gallery, Saratoga NY  203.226.6934

Tilting Windmills Gallery, Manchester VT  802.362.3022

Westmount Gallery, Toronto ONT  416.239.5427

Westport Gallery, Westport CT  203.226.6934

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Andrew Webster is the Editor of Fine Art Today and works as an editorial and creative marketing assistant for Streamline Publishing. Andrew graduated from The University of North Carolina at Asheville with a B.A. in Art History and Ceramics. He then moved on to the University of Oregon, where he completed an M.A. in Art History. Studying under scholar Kathleen Nicholson, he completed a thesis project that investigated the peculiar practice of embedded self-portraiture within Christian imagery during the 15th and early 16th centuries in Italy.

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