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Inventions Fugues Flowers

Charle Scheips’ painting technique and style reflect his obsession with cubism, collage and Picasso, which has informed his work since his college days as an art student. He consciously rejects photographic depiction and instead relies on his eye and hand in his drawings and paintings. He invites us, through his paintings, into his multi-faceted world. He works both figuratively and through more inventive constructions that he calls his “glueless collages.” His still lifes and flowers are modern vignettes, rendered in captivating color and compositionally interesting juxtapositions of elements that dissolve the boundaries of traditional genres. However, his recent Fugue series, begun in 2019, reflects a different tempo. This body of work finds Scheips returning to a more cubist and less narrative focus.

The paintings exhibited in Inventions Fugues Flowers follow Scheips’s distinguished career as a cultural historian, author, curator and archivist. He is the author of several books including: American Fashion; Andy Warhol: The Day the Factory Died and most recently Elsie De Wolfe’s Paris. Scheips also curated the first exhibition ever of David Hockney’s iPad and iPhone drawings in Paris in 2010 for the Foundation Pierre Bergé/Yves Saint Laurent. His nearly forty-year friendship with artist David Hockney, for whom he served as chief studio assistant during the 1980s in Los Angeles, has also been an influence on Scheips who was a frequent portrait subject of Hockney over the years.

Inventions Fugues Flowers covers the span of 2016-2019 with numerous examples of Charlie’s large-scale gouaches on paper Inventions; examples of his recent Fugue series of the past year, as well as his Flowers and still life paintings. The exhibition features five paintings on canvas that Scheips created at his temporary studio in the Loire Valley of France during the summer of 2018. It also includes two recent canvases inspired by Scheips’ visit to London’s 2000-year-old Mithraic temple archeological site in October of 2018.

A prolific painter, Scheips has developed a body of work that reveals his love of literature, mythology, art, religion, music and culture. Scheips’ work mirrors his interests and passions. His enthusiasm for the pleasures of the table and travel also find their way onto his canvases. When in New York, Scheips’ apartment is his studio. He sets up studios wherever he travels, most frequently during long stays at his beloved Provincetown on Cape Cod and in France. Inventions Fugues Flowers provides a glimpse into these aspects of Scheips’ life and creative process.

The variety in Scheips’ artistic practice presents a body of work that is both autobiographical and provocative. His passion for drawing and coloration offers a dense and pleasurable viewing experience.

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Date

Jan 09 - Jan 31, 2020

Contact

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Artworks

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Broken Hockney Ashtrays

The Banquet (Sol / Mithras)

Deco Vase With Flowers II

Deco Vase With Flowers I

Fugue VI (Villa Trianon)

Fugue V (Provincetown)

Gardenia, East End Avenue (Oscar)

Lillies From Above

Lillies in Jobi Vase, Delft Haven

Orchid, East End Avenue

Peonies and Lilacs (Smoking)

Pineapple, East End Avenue

Staples, Marlboro

Staples, Ritz Crackers

Staples, Saltines

Staples, San Pellegrino

Still Life

Still Life, East End Avenue

Still Life, East End Avenue (Henry James)

Still Life, Small Table

Sunflowers

Chez Georges

Clementines, East End Avenue

Doug’s Roses

Flight to Florida

Frank’s Lillies, Provincetown

Ganesha: Remover of Obsticles

The Garden

Intermezzo II

Le Jardin

Lillies in Jobi Vase, Provincetown

Madame Butterfly

Mithras

Pool House, Lake Bluff

Le Portail

Self-Portrait, rue de la Fontaine

Still Life, East End Avenue (Proust)

Still Life, Provincetown

Strawberries, East End Avenue

Sunflowers

Zinnias, Provincetown

Atlantic Crossing

A Dance to the Music of Time

Fugue V (Still Life)

Great Expectations

Olympus

Ouija (James Merrill)

Poussin

Provincetown I

Villa Adriana

Charlie Scheips > <

Broken Hockney Ashtrays

The Banquet (Sol / Mithras)

Deco Vase With Flowers II

Deco Vase With Flowers I

Fugue VI (Villa Trianon)

Fugue V (Provincetown)

Gardenia, East End Avenue (Oscar)

Lillies From Above

Lillies in Jobi Vase, Delft Haven

Orchid, East End Avenue

Peonies and Lilacs (Smoking)

Pineapple, East End Avenue

Staples, Marlboro

Staples, Ritz Crackers

Staples, Saltines

Staples, San Pellegrino

Still Life

Still Life, East End Avenue

Still Life, East End Avenue (Henry James)

Still Life, Small Table

Sunflowers

Chez Georges

Clementines, East End Avenue

Doug’s Roses

Flight to Florida

Frank’s Lillies, Provincetown

Ganesha: Remover of Obsticles

The Garden

Intermezzo II

Le Jardin

Lillies in Jobi Vase, Provincetown

Madame Butterfly

Mithras

Pool House, Lake Bluff

Le Portail

Self-Portrait, rue de la Fontaine

Still Life, East End Avenue (Proust)

Still Life, Provincetown

Strawberries, East End Avenue

Sunflowers

Zinnias, Provincetown

Atlantic Crossing

A Dance to the Music of Time

Fugue V (Still Life)

Great Expectations

Olympus

Ouija (James Merrill)

Poussin

Provincetown I

Villa Adriana

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