Paula Schoen

Carbon and Stardust: The Other Side of Color


 

PAULA SCHOEN

Carbon and Stardust: The Other Side of Color

Schoen’s powerful new series of paintings explores the limited territory of “the other side of color”.  A rich and luscious palette of soft blacks, warm browns, shimmering grays and luminous whites depict compelling, contemporary landscapes.  These paintings, executed within a deliberately restricted chromatic range, encourage a spirited dialogue between what is, and what is not, visibly stated.  The overall effect is one of understated power and elegance.

Distant horizons, monumental waves and emotionally charged atmospheres are beautifully rendered and suggest natural forces that are vital and iconic.   The absence of chromatic intensity is both subtle and moving, touching the intellect and imagination in a way that the emotional intensity of color does not.   A sense of coming-into-existence prompts a consideration of the painting that is unfolding and revealing, rather than immediately exposed.  This visual positioning on the threshold of perception is engaging and satisfying.   Schoen’s carbon and stardust paintings have an epic quality, exploiting the full range of value and contrast intrinsic to an investigation of black and white painting.

Schoen’s distinctive style and intensity of inquiry support her reputation as the quintessential “artist’s artist”.   She graduated from the University of California at Berkeley in 1979 with a bachelor’s degree in art and currently works from her studio in Southern California .   Her work has been widely exhibited in the United States and Europe and has been acquired by many private and corporate collectors.



Natural Treasure
Oil on Canvas
40" x 48"

Rock Steady
Oil on Canvas
24" x 60"


As The Crow Flies
Oil on Canvas
48" x 60"


Close to the Edge
Oil on Canvas
24" x 72"

Carbon and Stardust
Oil on Canvas
48" x 60"

Immortality
Oil on Canvas
18" x 18"


Written in the Sky
Oil on Canvas
34" x 50"

First Star
Oil on Canvas
24" x 24"


Deep Creek Lake
Oil on Canvas
40" x 48"


Winter Light
Oil on Canvas
24" x 24"

Mind's Eye
Oil on Canvas
30" x 56"

Long Memory
Oil on Canvas
24" x 20"


Wired
Oil on Canvas
30" x 30"


Gathering of the Four Winds
Oil on Canvas
diptych 88" x 60"


The Wave
Oil on Canvas
triptych
35" x 84"