Jon Schueler (1916-1992) – Artist

When I speak of nature, I speak of the sky, because the sky has become all of nature to me. But it is most particularly the brooding, storm-ridden sky over the Sound of Sleat in which I find the living image of past dreams, dreams which had emerged from memory and the swirl of paint. Here I can see the drama of nature charged and compressed. Lands form, seas disappear, worlds fragment, colors merge or give birth to burning shapes, mountain snows show emerald green. Or, for a long moment, life stops still when the gales pause and the sky clears after long days of careening sound and horizontal rain or snow.

photo - Jon looking out over the Sound of Sleat

recent group exhibitions | recent solo exhibitions | publications | videos and DVDs

2016: Schueler Centenary

For Schueler exhibitions in the US during 2016 see 2016: US EXHIBITS

For Schueler exhibitions in the UK during 2016 see 2016: UK EXHIBITS

Schueler Symposium: May 27-29, 2016, organized by Sabhal Mòr Ostaig, University of the Highlands and Islands, Isle of Skye, Scotland.

[The Search: Black Shadow Blues, IV]

The Search: Black Shadow Blues, IV
oil on canvas 1981
60 x 52 inches o/c 1155

Kelvingrove Art Gallery, Glasgow, Scotland
All year.

Current Solo Exhibitions

Mapping Memory: Jon Schueler Skyscapes [Trilogy Changes (A) Red, (B) Yellow, (C) Blue]

Trilogy Changes (A) Red, (B) Yellow, (C) Blue
each 75 x 76 inches o/c 695, 696, 697

Anderson Gallery, Bridgewater State University, Bridgewater, MA
January 21 - March 24, 2016
Curated by and catalogue essay by Diana Ewer

Current Group Exhibitions

CLOUDS, TEMPORARILY VISIBLE [Sleat Remembered: Light, I]

Sleat Remembered: Light, I
76 x 69 inches o/c 393

JANUARY 30-MAY 22, 2016
Boundless Visions [The Sound of Sleat: Echo, I]

The Sound of Sleat: Echo, I
oil on canvas 1975
40 x 48 inches o/c 635

Yellowstone Art Museum, Billings, Montana
August 22, 2012 onwards

Recent One-person Exhibitions view more

Jon Schueler 1916-92: A Scottish Awakening [Sea Light Dreaming, II]

Sea Light Dreaming, II
oil on canvas 1981-83
32 x 36 inches o/c 1238

Greens and Blues Gallery
13 Market Place, North Berwick East Lothian. EH39 4JF
Tel (011-44) ( 0) 1620 890666
web site:
June 6 - July 19, 2015. EXTENDED TO AUGUST 1, 2015
Brochure available
Jon Schueler: The New York Years 1975-1981 [Gale Sound]

Gale Sound
oil on canvas 1981
36 x 51 inches o/c 1135

David Findlay Gallery Jr, January 8-31, 2015
Opening Reception Saturday, January 10, 2015 from 3-5 pm
Catalogue with essay by Diana Ewer
[Light and Pale Shadow Over Sleat]

Light and Pale Shadow Over Sleat
oil on canvas 1974
24" x 30" o/c 523

Dean Jensen Gallery, 759 North Water Street, Milwaukee, WI
April 19- June 1, 2013
Jon Schueler: Jon Schueler's Song [The Search, V]

The Search, V
oil on canvas 1981
79 x 216 inches o/c 1182

499 Park Ave (59th St), Lobby Gallery, New York
Curated by Dorothy Solomon Fine Arts and Elizabeth Sadoff Art Advisory
Sponsored by Hines
July 7, 2012--January 4, 2013
Monday-Friday, 8am-6pm
brochure available at the counter with essay by Mary Ann Caws
Jon Schueler: The Mallaig Years, 1970-75 [Sun Leaving, III]

Sun Leaving, III
oil on canvas 1971
69 x 76 inches o/c 101

David Findlay Jr Gallery
September 5-29, 2012
Opening Reception, Thursday, September 6, 5-7pm
724 Fifth Ave (at 57th St), New York NY 10019.
Monday-Saturday, 10am-5.30pm
catalogue with essay by Phyllis Braff
Jon Schueler: The Castelli Years 1955-59 [Evening I]

Evening I
oil on canvas 1957
96" x 48" o/c 57-5

David Findlay Jr Gallery, New York, NY
41 East 57th Street
New York, NY 10021
October 6-28, 2010
Jon Schueler: Sound of Sleat Shadows [Sea Light: Dreaming I]

Sea Light: Dreaming I
oil on canvas 1981
60" x 52" o/c 1192

Moray Art Centre
Findhorn, Scotland
June 13 - August 29, 2009
Tuesday through Sunday, 10am to 5pm
Telephone: (011-44) (0)1309 692426
Email: [email protected]
Address: The Park, Findhorn, Near Forres, Morayshire IV36 3TA, Scotland

Recent Group Exhibitions view more

The James Rixner Room at: [St. Nazaire: Sky Red Blues]

St. Nazaire: Sky Red Blues
oil on canvas 1982
70 x 63 inches o/c 1276

Holiday House NYC,
2 E. 63rd St, New York from
Nov. 11-Dec 2, 2015.
Ernest Briggs and Friends-- Anne Arnold, Sonia Gechtoff and Jon Schueler [Summer Study]

Summer Study
oil on canvas 1957
33 x 58 inches o/c 57-22

Anita Shapolsky Gallery, 152 East 65th Street (patio entrance)
New York, NY 10065
September 24-November 30, 2015
Opening reception, Tuesday, September 29 from 6-8pm
Scottish Art
People, Places, Ideas [Summer Day: Sleat]

Summer Day: Sleat
oil on canvas 1980
69 x 76 inches o/c 1070

City Art Centre, Edinburgh
2 Market Street, Edinburgh EH1 1DE
22 May - 27 September 2015
Monday to Saturday 10am - 5pm, Sunday 12noon - 5pm
46th Collector's Show and Sale [January 14, 1968]

January 14, 1968
watercolor on paper 1968
18 x 25 1/4 inches w/c 68-11

Arkansas Arts Center, Little Rock, AR
November 14 , 2014-January 4, 2015
Landscapes and Cloudscapes:
as Seen through Gestural Abstract Painting [Five Schuelers for the David Richard

Five Schuelers for the David Richard Gallery

David Richard Gallery, 544 S Guadalupe Street, Santa Fe, NM 87501. Tel. 505-983-9555
July 1-Augus 24, 2014
[A Field in the Morning]

A Field in the Morning
oil on canvas 1957
33 x 58 inches o/c 57-19

Summerset, David Findlay Jr Gallery, 724 Madison Ave, New York, NT 10019. Tel. 212-486-7660.
May 31-July 26, 2014
[Sun Leaving, III]

Sun Leaving, III
watercolor on paper 1971
69 x 76 inches o/c 101

Sun Leaving, III , 1971, 69 x 76 " (o/c 101) was included in the small group show of gallery artists at David Findlay Jr Gallery, New York until February 1, 2014
New Acquisitions at the Scottish National Gallery of Modern Art [Sky Remembered]

Sky Remembered
watercolor on paper 1968
22 1/2 x 30 inches w/c 68-2

Scottish National Gallery of Modern Art, Edinburgh, Scotland
Oct 12, 2013 - May 18, 2014
Image to Gesture: 1945-1969: California Postwar Abstraction [Abstract III]

Abstract III
oil on paper SF 1949
18 3/4" x 23 3/4" o/p 49-3

David Findlay Jr Gallery
724 Fifth Ave at 56th St, New York
December 5-28, 2013
Reception Saturday, December 7 from 3-5pm
About Abstraction
Jon Schueler, Illya Bolotowski, Herman Cherry, Ed Garman, Richard Hunt, George McNeil, Kyle Morris, John Opper, Larry Poons
David Findlay Jr Gallery, 724 Fifth Ave between 56th and 57th, New York
April 6-27, 2013
AB-EX-RE-CON: Abstract Expressionism Reconsidered [Small Painting, III]

Small Painting, III
oil on canvas 1950
20 x 24 inches o/c 50-42

Jon Schueler, Norman Bluhm, Edward Dugmore, Michael Goldberg and others
Nassau County Museum of Art, Roslyn Harbor, NY
March 9-June 16, 2013
Abstract Expressionism [The First Day]

The First Day
oil on canvas 1956
48 x 90 inches o/c 56-30

National Gallery of Australia, Canberra, Australia
July 14, 2012 - January 20, 2013
Bella Pacifica: Bay Area Abstraction, 1946-1963 [Abstract III]

Abstract III
oil on paper San Francisco 1949
18 3/4" x 23 3/4" o/p 49-3

358 West 20th Street
New York, NY 10011
January 20 - March 12, 2011
Leslie Feely Gallery Fine Art [Ballachulish Mist]

Ballachulish Mist
oil on canvas 1957
51" x 45" o/c 57-8

33 East 68th Street, Floor 5
New York, NY 10065
January 11 - March 12, 2011
Leslie Feely Fine Art - Jon Schueler Page


Monograph – Jon Schueler: To the North [To the North - book cover]
Essays by Gerald Nordland and Richard Ingleby.
Merrell, October 2002.
ISBN 1 85894-177-6.
128 pages, 132 illustrations, 108 in color.
Price : £25, $35. paperback/flaps.
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Available at local bookstores in the US and UK and online at: or (USA)'s Bookstore (UK)


[Sound of Sleat - book cover] The Sound of Sleat: A Painter's Life,
Edited by Magda Salvesen and Diane Cousineau
Published by Picador USA, March 1999.

Hardcover, 359 pp.
16 pages color and 32 b&w photos.
ISBN 0-312-20015-3
$30 US, £20 UK.

"It is an amazing, totally peculiar piece of work. It may be the best thing ever written about the workings of a painter's mind and eye."
— The Atlantic Monthly, May 1999.
See more book reviews or the book index.

Videos and DVDs

"Jon Schueler: A Life in Painting"
An overview of his life and work. Made from archival and new material.
Winner of several awards.
More information on this and other videos on the Videos and DVDs page.