Christie Scheele


Atlas Project
Christie Scheele
February, 2018

Land and water use have been political since the beginning of our time on earth. As these issues become increasingly critical, I have been catapulted ---but also eased, nestled--- into expanding the environmental discussion that until now has been mostly implied in my work, putting into context my decades-long celebration of the powerful beauty of our planet.

My new Atlas Project maps my work while mapping the world, revealing a web of meaning around and between the individual pieces that I create. The matrix that connects all of my landscape imagery is saturated with memory, both personal and collective. To show these connections, I am working in one thematic grouping at a time, creating a legend, or site map, to each body of work. The Site Map is a key both to a given installation and to the region or theme that it explores.

The Site Map for Atlas/Hudson River Valley, the first of these exhibitions, opening March 31st at Thompson Giroux Gallery in Chatham, NY, is created with collage on a Rand McNally road map of the river and our region. It contains numbered mini-monotypes of all of the oil paintings on view and corresponding map tacks showing the locale depicted on the map. Extensions of the Site Map include Mapping Memory, lino/mono prints of regional flora and fauna with written personal observations; a collaged and monoprinted map of the source of the river in the Adirondacks; a collage of the Hudson Canyon, extending 400 miles out to sea from NY Harbor; and a fourth extension discussing climate change and local impacts.

Using drawing, printmaking, pasteling, writing, and mixed-media along with oil paintings, I am exploring the interrelationships of process, history, and memory. These are revealed not only by air, land, and water but also by my materials and personal history as an artist, family and community member, and frequent inhabitant of the outdoor world.

The first energy and ideas for this project evolved in 2016. That fall, experiencing profound grief over election results and their potential to set policy that will accelerate climate change, I was also contemplating a scheduled residency on Nantucket in February of 2017, and my upcoming 60th birthday later on that year. The second two factors prompted a question---how do I want to expand and deepen my range as an artist? The first, my accelerating concern over the health of our planet, gave me direction.

About a year and a half later, I am still finding myself repeatedly in new terrain that demands fresh problem solving. It is a very rich process, artistically, entering a new world as you are creating it, and also full of the discomfort of facing the unkown. My upcoming groupings will include Atlas/Forms of Water, and Atlas/Cape Cod, the former creating overlap with the place-based themes. I alternate between focusing on aspects of this work that I am currently inventing and my continued immersion in my open, spacious landscape paintings, looking to draw it all together into a cohesive whole, mirroring the wholeness of life on earth.

The single most distinctive aspect to what I do as a landscape painter lies in my ability to reduce a scene to its essentials. This gives the viewer what is important, without the distraction, or visual clutter, of too much detail. Both by providing this overview and by using soft, scumbled edges, these paintings can quiet a viewer's mind and evoke a more direct response.




My version of minimalism is about shape and atmospherics. I paint not just the light, but the air itself, and how these affect the edges and colors of the scenes depicted.

As a non-regional landscape painter, I use images from all over the world, the many places I have been. With the right atmospherics, anything and everything can reflect a powerful beauty---from smokestack at sunset or headlights on a road to a moody thunderstorm at sea. Nearly everything I paint could exist in nature, yet most often it does not. Some of my pieces are very much about a sense of place and weather, while others speak more to formal or conceptual art making issues. I am often thinking about painterly concerns such as line, color, shape, and surface, which, following the ideas set forth by Kandinsky in "Concerning the Spiritual in Art", have direct emotional power of their own. There is also a process of continually evaluating and editing the image---what is essential? What is superfluous? The painting as a whole is what this is all about, rather than precisely and exactly capturing a given landscape.

For these reasons, I see myself as being closer to the color field paintings of Rothko than to traditional or plein air landscape painters.

More recent bodies of work deal with not only my different perspectives on what defines beauty and power in the landscape, but also with alternative viewpoints on process and presentation. To stay within the confines of the same explorations for years on end is, I feel, a sort of artistic napping. Therefore, in some pieces of these newer series my work---always aiming to both soothe and provoke---encourages more questions on the part of the viewer.

The multiple panel and multiple image pieces refer to one of my formative artistic areas of joy and comfort, the postmodern use of the grid and serial imagery. So, moving from Rothko to Agnes Martin, Chuck Close, or Louise Nevelson, these pieces have their narrative contained and framed by the grid of the frame, creating rhythm and movement to carry the story along.

In a newer series, I work on or with found objects – antique boxes, distressed cupboard doors, old slate blackboards with lovely stains and unravelings at the rim, vintage sifters, and the like. When using these objects, I adjust both my choice of imagery and the way I compose and lay in the paint to honor what is already there. I see these pieces as a collaboration between my accumulated skills and the accumulation of history that is manifested in this unique object. This feels like process that is both conceptual and deeply intuitive.

My most recent exploration, the Affinity series, with the frayed edges of the linen and graphite gridding, bring the viewer deeper into the inventions of art-making by the creation of a support that has surface interest that is not a literal part of the scene depicted. The image must, however, have an affinity for the graphite gridding and the frayed edges of the linen by either having strong linear, often manmade elements, or by being very abstract. These pieces also impart a visual discussion about focal points that goes against the traditional notions of atmospheric perspective in landscape painting. Elements, chosen by a logic intrinsic to the piece as it progresses, are emphasized by greater or lesser blurring, by heightening contrast, and by selective replacement of the gridding that I began with and painted over.

All of my work has a sense of being suspended between two breaths. Often, that feeling is palpable during the process of creation. Time is slowed, perhaps even halts for a moment, allowing us to see the world in all of its fullness.



• 2018 Atlas/Hudson River Valley, Thompson Giroux Gallery, Chatham, NY
• 2017 Gallery:Studio - A Symbiosis, Albert Shahinian Fine Art, Rhinebeck, NY
• 2015 Contours / Distillations, Albert Shahinian Fine Art, Rhinebeck, NY
• 2015 Emergence: New Paintings by Christie Scheele, Gold Gallery, Boston, MA
• 2014 Mutable / Immutable, Chace-Randall Gallery, Andes, NY
• 2012 In Essence: New Paintings by Christie Scheele, Gold Gallery, Boston, MA
• 2012 Asher Neiman Gallery, Pop-up, NYC
• 2011 Fullness of Time, Albert Shahinian Fine Art, Rhinebeck, NY
• 2010 Vagabond Light, Carol Craven Gallery, Martha's Vineyard, MA
• 2009 Summer on the Cape, Julie Heller Gallery, Provincetown, MA
• 2009 Perspectives, Chace-Randall Gallery, Andes, NY
• 2007 A New Season, Art Forms, Redbank, NJ
• 2005 Paintings and Pastels, Van Brunt Gallery, Beacon, NY
• 2005 New Work, Art Forms, Red Bank, NJ
• 2005 Retrospective — A Decade of Discovery, Albert Shahinian Fine Arts, Poughkeepsie, NY
• 2004 Recent Landscapes, Craven Gallery, Martha's Vineyard, MA
• 2004 Exploring the Landscape, Art Forms, Woodstock, NY
• 2003 Manmade, Albert Shahinian Fine Art, Poughkeepsie, New York
• 2002 Working the Edge, Albert Shahinian Fine Art, Poughkeepsie, NY
• 2002 Craven Gallery, Martha's Vineyard, MA
• 2001 Ahead of the Storm, Upstate Art, Phoenicia, NY
• 2000 Expanding the View, Craven Gallery, Martha's Vineyard, MA
• 2000 Irish Idylls and Stormy Weather, Donskoj & Co., Kingston, NY
• 1999 Sights and Insights, Craven Gallery, Martha's Vineyard, MA
• 1997 Chasing the View, Woodstock Artists Association, Woodstock, NY
• 1996 The Magic Hour, James Cox Gallery, Woodstock, NY
• 1993 Images of Encounter, James Cox Gallery, Woodstock, NY
• 1988 Recent Works, Lawrence Gallery, New York, NY
• 1988 Museum of the Hudson Highlands, Cornwall-on-Hudson, NY
• 1988 Recent Works, Julie Heller Gallery, Provincetown, MA
• 1979 Club Financiero Genova, Madrid, Spain

• 2016 Christie Scheele and Mary Walker, Julie Heller East, Provincetown, MA.
• 2016 Elements, with Jeorg Dressler, Gold Gallery, Boston
• 2014 Featured Artist, Meet-and-Greet, Edgewater Gallery, Middlebury, VT
• 2014 Christie Scheele and M.J.Levy Dickenson, Julie Heller East,Provincetown, MA
• 2014 Sea & Land, with Paul Beebe and Louisa Gould, Louisa Gould Gallery, Vineyard Haven, MA
• 2012 New & Recent Pastels, with Alex Martin (In Memoriam), Albert Shahinian Fine Art, Rhinebeck, NY
• 2012 Three Visions, with Polly Law and Jenny Nelson, Julie Heller Gallery, Provincetown, MA
• 2011 The Modern Landscape, with Robert Trondsen, Mark Gruber Gallery, New Paltz, NY
• 2010 New Work, Albert Shahinian Fine Art, Rhinebeck, NY
• 2009 Where we Live,Van Brunt Gallery, Beacon, NY
• 2008 Autumn Elegance, Asher Neiman Gallery, Redbank, NJ
• 2008 Stopping Time, Albert Shahinain Fine Art, Hudson, NY
• 2008 Changing Winds, Craven Gallery, Martha’s Vineyard, MA
• 2007 Hudson Valley Paintings,Van Brunt Gallery, Beacon, NY
• 2007 Water, Chace-Randall Gallery, Andes, NY
• 2006 Here and There, Carol Craven Gallery, Martha's Vineyard, MA
• 2006 The Essence of Interiors and Out, Chace-Randall Gallery, Andes, NY
• 2006 Albert Shahinian Fine Art, Poughkeepsie, NY
• 2005 Chaos/Serenity, Chace-Randall Gallery, Andes, NY
• 2003 The American Landscape, Artforms Gallery, Redbank, NJ
• 2000 Carrie Haddad Gallery, Hudson, NY
• 2000 Albert Shahinian Fine Art, Poughkeepsie, NY
• 1999 Impressions/Reflections, Albert Shahinian Fine Art, Poughkeepsie, NY
• 1998 Sneak Preview: New Works, Carrie Haddad Gallery, Hudson, NY
• 1991 Spring Forward, James Cox Gallery, Woodstock, NY
• 1986 Sixth Sense Gallery, New York, NY
• 1986 Jadite Galleries, New York, NY
GROUP SHOWS (selected)
• 2017 En Masse 2017, Thompson Giroux Gallery, Chatham, NY
• 2017 Due East:, The Artists Association of Nantucket, Nantucket, MA
• 2016 Gallery Artists, Gallery 901, Santa Fe, NM
• 2015 The Affordable Art Fair, Edgewater Gallery, New York, NY•
• 2015 En Masse II,Thompson Giroux Gallery, Chatham, NY
• 2014 En Masse, Thompson Giroux Gallery, Chatham, NY
• 2014 East/West and Line, Butters Gallery, Portland, OR
• 2013 Slow Down Make Space, Thompson Giroux Gallery, Chatham, NY
• 2012 Outside Inside, Thompson Giroux Gallery, Chatham, NY
• 2010 Lucky Again, Lucky Street Gallery, Key West. FL
• 2006 New York at Night, DFN Gallery, New York, NY
• 2005 Into the Forest DFN Gallery, New York, NY
• 2004 Skies & Scapes DFN Gallery, New York, New York
• 2004 The Affordable Art Fair, DFN Gallery, New York, NY
• 2002 Art of the 20th Century at the Armory, Craven Gallery, New York, NY

(Selected from hundreds of museum, private, corporate, and public collections)
• Queens Museum of Art, Flushing, NY
• The Provincetown Artist's Association and Museum Permanent Collection, Provincetown, MA
• St. Joseph's University Permanent Collection, Philadelphia, PA
• Tyler Museum of Art, Tyler, TX
• Samuel Dorsky Museum of Art, New Paltz, NY
• Astoria Savings Bank, Queens, NY
• Sandra Eu, New York, NY
• James Gleich & Cynthia Crossen, Garrison & NYC, NY
• Keihin Hotels-Executive Group, Takanawa, Japan
• Dutchess Community College Permanent Collection, Poughkeepsie, NY
• Elaine & Martin Kamarck, New York, NY
• American Airlines at Kennedy Airport, Queens, NY
• Club Financiero Genova, Madrid, Spain
• Howard & Ellen Greenberg, New York, NY
• Waterford Crystal, New York, NY
• Bessener Trust Co., New York, NY
• Mark Ruffalo, New York, NY
• Priscilla Herdman, Pine Plains, NY
• Julio Mendoza-Sanchez, Madrid, Spain
• Bessemer Trust Co., San Francisco, CA
• Emilie Sinkler, NYC & Mt. Tremper, NY
• Nikkei Nihon Keizai Shimbun America, New York, NY
• Mayo Clinic, Jacksonville, FL
• Kelsey Grammer, Malibu, CA

MEDIA (Selected)
• 2017 Interview, The Poughkeepsie Journal
• 2012 "Marveling," Green Door Magazine (profile)
• 2012 Cape Cod Life ARTS (profile)
• 2012 "In Essence: New Paintings by Christie Scheele," Artscope (review
• 2010 “Scheele’s Affinity,” Paul Smart, Woodstock Times
• 2010 “Country Noir,” David Neilson, Hook Magazine (profile)
• 2009 “The Power of People,” Renee Phillips, Manhattan Arts Magazine (interview)
• 2009 “Art & River,” InsideOut Magazine
• 2008 Martha’s Vineyard Times (review)
• 2007 Architectural Digest (photo)
• 2007 “Christie Scheele and Tom Christopher Exhibit at Van Brunt Gallery,” Putnam County News and Recorder (review)
• 2007 “Perfect Stranger,” Sony Pictures, directed by James Folley (painting in set of home of Halle Barry character)
• 2006 “Turning a Page,” Paul Smart, Woodstock Times (profile)
• 2004 “Broken Flowers,” Directed by Jim Jarmusch (two paintings in the scene with Bill Murray & Jessica Lange)
• 2002 “Solo Show of Paintings by Christie Scheele,” Antiques and Arts Weekly (review)
• 2002 “Scheele Makes for Double Feature,” Mary Cassai, Kingston Daliy Freeman (review)
• 2002 The Chronogram (cover photo)
• 2001 “Sleuthing a Stir: How Christie Scheele Moves Me,” Gary Alexander, New Art International (seven page article)
• 2000 Dakota Lane, Woodstock Times (review)
• 1998 Joan D’Arcy, Art Beat, Kingston Daily Freeman (review)
• 1998 “Shimmering Images that Give Off Heat," Renee Samuels, Woodstock Times (review)
• 1995 “World of Discovery,” Neil A. Chassman, The Pulse Magazine (review)
• 1995 The Weekend Taconic News (review)
• 1995 The Chronogram (review)
• 1986 "Ahora En Nueva York,” Channel 41 (interview)
• 1986 The Provincetown Advocate (review)
• 1986 Artspeak (review)

• 1980 School of Art and Design of the NYS College of Ceramics at Alfred University, Alfred, NY, BFA Painting, Alfred University, BA Spanish, summa cum laude
• 1978-79 Royal Academy of Fine Art of San Fernando, University Complutense of Madrid, Madrid, Spain
• 1973-74 University of Tomas Frias, Potosi, Bolivia


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