Carl Schuman

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”Carl Schuman’s work speaks to a deep place within that has lifted us right up and out of ourselves. This is unique work from a unique artist.”
—Award-winning actor Alan Arkin and his wife Suzanne

”His art is wholly original, yet embodies the highest ideals of the past, evidencing his thorough grounding in the theory and history of art.”
—Jed MacKay, Gemini Award winning writer, producer director, TVO,CBC, BBC, Toronto, Canada

Carl Schuman discovered what he wanted to do in life when he took a trip to Europe. “I saw the marvelous Van Gogh collection at the Kroller-Mueller Museum in Otterloo, Holland. I was overwhelmed, amazed that someone could do something like that.” He started painting landscapes and figure studies, but eventually felt the need to develop his own style, choosing color pencils as his preferred medium. “I evolved my own approach, a richer, deeper, more painterly approach”, said Schuman, whose favorite artists include such diverse talents as Helen Hardin, Michael Kenna, Nicholas Roerich and Vasali Kandinsky. His new direction reflects his interest in our inner nature.


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The Art Of Inner Perception
—by Jim white

Carl Schuman discovered what he wanted to do in life when he took a trip to Europe. “I saw the marvelous Van Gogh collection at the Kroller-Mueller Museum in Otterloo, Holland. I was overwhelmed, amazed that someone could do something like that.” He started painting landscapes and figure studies, but eventually felt the need to develop his own style, choosing color pencils as his preferred medium. “I evolved my own approach, a richer, deeper, more painterly approach”, said Schuman, whose favorite artists include such diverse talents as Helen Hardin, Michael Kenna, Nicholas Roerich and Vasali Kandinsky. His new direction reflects his interest in our inner nature.

“If God is light, then we have a deeper nature than is revealed in the workaday world”, he said. “My work is about becoming more aware of that light. It is intuitive, emotive, not so much concerned with what is revealed by the physical eye, but by the inner eye. I can picture something in my minds eye like you might recall a beautiful scene from childhood. I try to be faithful to what I perceive and it seems to flow easily”. His pencil drawings look more like oil paintings, so deep are the blues and purples. “How the colors evolve is very intuitive”, said the artist. “As far as the composition, that involves a more intellectual process”.

Schuman’s artwork was displayed at the Venice Branch of the Los Angles Public Library when he worked in the art community along the canals there. He also showed at the Venice Canal Art Fairs during this period of his career.

Relocating back to Michigan, he began a lifelong commitment to the study of yoga at Song Of The Morning Ranch Yoga Retreat under the direction of Yogacharya J. Oliver Black, one of Paramahansa Yogananda’s foremost disciples. With inner perception deepening, the artwork gained increasing attention and solo shows where held at the retreat (”Gifts Of The Spirit” 1984, “The Land Beyond My Dreams” 1988, and “When Silence Sings” 1994). In 1992, Carl was elected to membership in the prestigious Scarab Club of Detroit. Also in 1992, two works where selected for the permanent collection in the Sri Satya Sai Museum in India.


exhibitions

  • Modernist Show, Golden Dawn Gallery, Santa Fe (2010)
  • Dog and Pony Invitational Show, Brandon Michael’s Fine Art, Santa Fe, N.M. (2010)
  • Birds Nest Invitational Show, Brandon Michael’s Fine Art, Santa Fe (2009)
  • Shubin Invitation Only The Seven Wonders Of the Inner World: 12 Views (First showing, 2008)
  • Shubin Invitation Only The Seven Wonders Of the Inner World: 12 Views (Second Showing, 2009)
  • Rivera Invitation Only The Seven Wonders Of The Inner World: Twelve Views (Third Showing, 2009)
  • Featured Artist, Silver Sun Gallery, (2002)
  • 4 And Twenty Talismans, solo show, Destination Gallery, Nashville, TN, (1999)
  • Artwork selected for the permanent Collection, State Capitol Art Foundation, Santa Fe, N.M. (1999)
  • Eternal Moments In New Mexico, solo show, Studio Gallery (1998)
  • Artist Self-Portraits, Alpha Gallery (1998)
  • Upon Reflection solo show, Studio Gallery (1997)
  • Art Enlightens The Spirit, Group Show, Site-Santa Fe (1997)
  • Featured Artist Show, Bottler Dane Gallery (1997)
  • Drawn From Within solo show, Studio Gallery (1996)
  • Group Show, Gentle Spirit Gallery (1996)
  • Group Show, Regional Standards Art Project (1994)
  • In Santa Fe since 1994, career highlights there include:
  • Ecumenical Show, St. Paul’s Church, Detroit Mi. (1993)
  • Two Person Show, Kyla’s of Royal Oak (1991)
  • Group show, City Gallery, Dearborn,Mi (1991)
  • Group Show, Annex Gallery, Southfield, Mi (1988)
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