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Schumacher, KJ

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Awards
Presidential Arts Scholarship 1997-2001, George Washington University (National)

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Untitled (Tape Series)
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After early childhood in Nashville, I moved between Massachusetts, New York, and Virginia throughout my primary education, ultimately resettling in Nashville for high school.  College led me to D.C. and abroad, where I majored in Painting and minored in Art History and English.  Two years in New York preceded my return to Nashville, where life is punctuated by four endeavors: studio work, martial arts, nonprofit board work, and teaching.

Diebenkorn, whose work inspired a long visual preoccupation with expressive color and mark making is my longest influence.  Franz Kline also influences my work by way of training my eye to look at the natural world with large gesture and clear structure.  My work has undergone gradual transformation over the last 3 years, now less focused on observed imagery.  Most important of my newer influences is Twombly, whose calligraphic lines, expressive color, and interest in history and literature inspires me greatly.  Other painters informing my work are Newman and Richter.

My current direction grew most from my teaching practice.  I teach drawing-focused foundation curriculum.  Immediately, drawing and line took a significant prominence in my painting.  The notion of palimpsest became a key element in the creative process.  Line emerged with interests in drawing over photographic references and directly on paintings.  In representational works, the palimpsest occurred as a way to transcend chosen imagery.  A parallel interest in reading brought a new kind of line.  I annotate when I read, underscoring and changing texts.  I came to realize that annotative lines in texts looked like the passages in painting that I enjoyed most.  This discovery opened a new realm of subject while formally breaking a reliance on observed imagery.  I could reuse and alter texts, make them mine, while bearing visual traces of the original form.  Ruled paper became the starting visual matrix.  Annotative marks, the marks designating what is meaningful and provocative, are the expressive marks.  Color is embedded in the texts, emerges in a synesthetic or emotional context, or simply occurs as a formal choice. Through analysis of annotations and a correlation with personal experience, memory, and visual references, my artwork emerges.  Congruent with this enjoyment of writing over pictures and texts, I also look at natural visual pattern: wood grain, turbulence patterns, and branching, among others.  These studies brought me back to landscape, albeit invented.  My use of varied media grew from this new work.  Oil or gouache is combined in layers with pencil, chalk, charcoal, pastel, ink and wax.

Currently, I am working in the studio and preparing for my forth year of teaching at Montgomery Bell Academy in Nashville, TN.  On June 12, 2010 I married my wife Erin, an architect working in Hospital Design at Gresham Smith and Partners in Nashville.  I continue to train in Hapkido, Kendo, and Kinjutsu.  In Jin Jung Kwan Hapkido I hold a master rank of 6th Dan.


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Untitled (Imaginary Landscapes


12 x 11 in.


Mixed Media



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Untitled (Imaginary Landscapes


12 x 11 in.


Mixed Media



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Untitled (Imaginary Landscapes


12 x 11 in.


Mixed Media



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Untitled (Imaginary Landscapes


11 x 12 in.


Mixed Media



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Defense Housing


16 x 20 in.


Other



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Status Anxiety, Study


16 x 20 in.


Other



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Manifest Architectural Destiny


24 x 18 in.


Other



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The Oath


22 x 15 in.


Mixed Media



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Blah, Blah, Blah...


26 x 20 in.


Oil on Canvas, Mixed Media



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Status Anxiety


40 x 30 in.


Oil on Canvas



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Untitled


60 x 45 in.


Oil on Canvas



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Leaves


35 x 45 in.


Other



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Untitled (Tape Series)


18 x 24 in.


Photography



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Untitled (Tape Series)


18 x 24 in.


Photography


   
       

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