Robert Schlegel’s acrylic paintings explore the tension between the representational and the abstract. He responds to structures, landscapes and animals in their surroundings with works on panel or canvas and often includes collaged materials in these images. Schlegel begins with a sketch in charcoal, graphite, or oil pastel, and then develops the image either in studio or en plein-air. Schlegel also explores three-dimensional forms. Using paper, wire, string, and fabric, he sculpts “gestures” capturing the posture and movement of birds and figures.
“In my work I present my interpretation of objects and forms found in the natural world. Of particular interest to me are man made structures juxtaposed into the landscape. The interaction of shape, contrast and line are what intrigue me. As I evolve as as artist, I strive to create images that possess tension between the representational and the abstract.”