It is my opinion that Michael Schnieder
is an artist to watch.
I first met Michael Schnieder when
he brought his sculptures to the foundry where I had my studio to
seek advice and instruction on the patination and colorization of
I was immediately impressed with
the intensity of his commitment to bring his earlier life experience
in dance into new expression in his life. His sculptures had a genuine
quality that can only be imparted from real life experience in the
subject which is being illustrated.
Michael's work has a directness that comes from
the intensity of his personal vision. He is intent on the process
of discovery and his work is direct and to the point. His style
is in the tradition of some of the great artists of the past and
particularly has the flavor and directness of Giacometti and reflects
the obsession with pure line as the most important element of
"In painting, as in sculpture,
only the drawing is important."
"Analyzing discourages my hand."
Michael's ability to use a single line to define
his forms is a powerful tool which he is currently developing.
I admire his choice of the single line element as the expression
for his vision. This methodology is at the root of creatively
defining art and is an extremely adaptable technique for imaging
any form that needs to be defined spatially.
A single line is all that is required
to define any geometry in space
There is a varied degree of success by Michael
in developing his work however I receive an immediate lift in
my spirit when viewing his art. This response is at the gut level
and came instinctively and subconsciously. In my many years of
viewing art I have had less pleasing responses to some major artists
works. The fact that the pleasure was immediate and from my soul
leads me to believe Michael's art is a pure expression of his
own pleasure in participating in dance. He has already been successful
as an artist in that respect and the future will tell us more
of the clarity of Michael's creative vision.
August Rodin used line and contour
as his two strongest design elements
I have seen Michael's drawings and
paintings and Michael is a talented illustrator in the pure traditional
sense. His choice of methodology and approach to his sculpture
represents a mature artistic choice and commitment to an artistic
ideal that has the strongest precedence in art history.
For the art collector it is important
to note that because of the way in which his sculptures are developed
all of Michael's work are strictly one of a kind originals.
Publisher and Editor
Dimensions !5" H X 8" W X 6" D
What Michael says about his own work.
I spent twenty three years of my life in the
study and performance of classical ballet. After retiring from
the stage the transposing of the library of memories into visual
imagery seemed a natural progression.
Although I have made my dancers for many years
the economic realities of life has kept me from pursuing the
art work as a full time occupation until recently.
Dimensions 15" H X 8" W X 6"
The intent of this series of pieces is to the
viewer with the expectation that hat any moment my dancers will
progress to the next dance movement. Although the medium for
my expression does not allow for the replication of the human
form in exactness, all positions and movements are true to the
French/Russian schools of dance.
Sit back and put on your favorite music and
let my dancers entertain you.
"At the Cou de Pied"
Dimensions 20" H X 10"W X 6" D
Michael is a member of The Littleton Art Guild
is represented by Hannum Studio of Littleton.
Michael's sculptures will be on display
at Artistic Adventure
151 West Mineral Ave.
Friday April 1st 6 Pm - 9 Pm
Demonstration and Discussion of the work :
April 23 rd 2 Pm - 4 Pm
For more information Contact:
8385 Newland Court