Brett Scheifflee, December 2015
December 4 5-8pm
At 29 years of age, I have a lot left to learn. However, I'm starting to believe the many elderly people who have said, "It goes by faster than you'd guess" in reference to your life. It can be hard not to see a skeleton at the end of such statements, so I've sought out to recreate personal moments and observations...
The Gallery says, “Brett is one of those rare artists that when I stand in front of one of his paintings time stands still." - said Robert Lange, Owner of Robert Lange Studios
The Collector says,”While Scheifflee’s paintings appear to be created by an old master, I was very surprised to find out he is not yet thirty years old. He paints with the grace of Andrew Wyeth and the skill of Thomas Cole." - Liam Richter, Rockport, ME
Brett Scheifflee Creates Paintings of Inspiring Quietness
Robert Lange Studios Hosts Scheifflee’s Solo Show Stages
December 4 – 23 (Open Daily from 11-5)
CHARLESTON, S.C. – Born and raised in New York, Brett Scheifflee is a newcomer to Robert Lange Studios in the historic arts district of Downtown Charleston, the French Quarter. Scheifflee started the series of landscape paintings for his solo show "Stages" shortly after being accepted to the Robert Lange roster of artists at the beginning of 2014. The series will open on December 4, 2015 from 5-8PM with a reception that is open to the public.
The artist draws inspiration from back roads and quiet forests, combining qualities of both to create a portrait of the natural world. These introspective moments usually consist of ambiguous locales allowing the viewer to draw from their own nostalgia.
“At 29 years of age, I have a lot left to learn. However, I'm starting to believe the many elderly people who have said, "It goes by faster than you'd guess" in reference to your life. It can be hard not to see a skeleton at the end of such statements, so I've sought out to recreate personal moments and observations in an attempt to freeze the many passing stages of life. In this body of work, the landscape was treated as a kind of painted stage for the play we're all actors in and as such, the light was either dimmed or enhanced and structures or characters we're brought out to convey a particular feeling or mood,” says Scheifflee of the series.
When it comes to painting, Scheifflee believes in the power of capturing an ethereal presence – in these most recent works he uses the landscapes from his travels and immediate surroundings as primary images and then incorporates elements from his memories. The end result are paintings that seem very familiar to the viewer.
In describing this body of work, Scheifflee states, “I'm trying to make the paintings serve as both a realistic landscape or architectural setting and a spring board for some what ubiquitous memories that might come back to someone at the end of life. I've kind of broken it down to three periods, images from childhood, young adult and full blown adult, or to rephrase it, carefree, completely hopeful, and humbled.” Scheifflee’s series is composed of twenty works. The paintings are a combination of these impressions and images from the artists’ visual world.
Scheifflee describes a few of the works in the show, “In the paintings "Summer Vacation" or "The After School Hoop", everything is rendered under patient afternoon light as if the day is in no hurry and can go on forever with you and your enjoyment. Looking back, early childhood is a strange contrast, a stage where your body is changing quickly, but time seems to be at a crawl.
On the contrast, every element in "Year after Year" is humbled. The sun is shrouded behind the clouds, the barns are beginning to sink and the homestead seems a far walk on a day like this. I hope the viewer can feel the years of work it's taken to keep the farm going and know it's going to take even more.
All in all, our lives and experiences are as varied as our surroundings, but I invite the viewer to slow down and join me on these painted stages to play back their memories or imagine what might be waiting on the road.”
A casual wine-and-cheese reception open to the public will be held on Friday, December 4, 2015 from 5-8 p.m.