Douglas Schneider’s multi-layered, richly beautiful paintings spin fascinating conceptual webs. In his latest series, “Empty Rooms,” he explores the idea that empty rooms are really full of presence: “Memories and projections… ghosts from the past, present, and future.”
Inspired by dream theory, meditation, and the recent loss of his father, as well as the multitude of magazine photos, digital pictures, drawings, and family snapshots he has collected throughout his career, he seeks out hidden patterns in reality, the “real story” formed by connections between seemingly random images that repeat themselves mysteriously in the world.
In his intuitive, organic process, Schneider allows images to arise on the canvas, weaving themselves into archetypical dream-like narratives. Integrating representation and abstract expressionism, his work recalls that of pioneering artists from James Rosenquist to Gerhard Richter. Educated at the Art Center in Pasadena, he has exhibited around the country and is included in the collection of the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, among others. He lives and works in Oakland, California.