Gary Schafter

After successfully exhibiting and selling in Dallas for over 20 years at Craighead Greene Gallery I am pleased to have his work in our gallery as well.

Schafter states,"At the core of my methodology is a commitment to the 'tradition' of painting, to understand the historical dialogue between surface and illusion, the pictorial and the plastic, subject and content. For approximately the past 20 years, I have been investigating, in general, the issue of mediated representation and, specifically, the problematic relationship between the image and its referent.

The problem of making art intelligible is fundamentally semantic, not aesthetic. In my work, painting subjects(e.g. still-life, landscape,etc.) become 'convention ready-mades', a foil, by which to explore the relationship, between neutral subject and active concept. Often with irony and humor, I hope to encourage the viewer to recognize the inherent slippage-the subject depicted as subject and the painting as an artistic conceit as concent."

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"Cinderella" is another conceptually rich oil on panel by Schafter. Written on the back is "ugly pumpkin becomes a beautiful painting"

42"H x 42"W x 4"D

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