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Lived/Active: New York/Nebraska / Spain      Known for: atmospheric landscape and skyscape painting-panoramic views

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Born in Lincoln, Nebraska, 1957

Alfred University, New York, BFA Painting, 1980
University Complutense of Madrid, Madrid, 1978-79
Royal Academy of San Fernando, Madrid, 1978 -79
University of Tomas Frias, Potosi, Bolivia, 1973-74

Resides in the Catskills, New York
Artist Statement:
One of the most important elements to finding one's voice as a young artist involves eliminating possibilities from the smorgasbord that art history provides.  The developing artist then focuses on a set of interests, working them into an original statement. To stay within those perameters for years on end, however, is a sort of artistic napping.  It therefore strikes me that a reward of artistic maturity is that one can increase the complexity, bringing more and more into the work, keeping all the balls in the air.

What delights me the most about this is the having-it-all aspect to it. I can still have my delicious, meditative painting process, and also let my mind romp through art history, without the result looking disconnected. This is achieved by letting new ideas (that often seem unrelated to landscape painting in any traditional way) perc for a period of time, both subconsciously and with applied problem-solving, before I settle on my approach.

I remember a quote about intelligence being defined by the ability to understand the truth in two contradictory ideas. This koan-type understanding of the world has always been innate, and helps me mesh some of these seemingly disparate ways of looking at art-making (including elements that I've had to work harder to develop, such as storytelling). This is a wonderful place to be: reaping what has been sown.

I have recently been thinking about the modern masters who informed the art studies of my youth. While I have always considered myself a contemporary artist, and so an inheritor of their legacy, some of my deepest attachments from those formative years have, in the past several years, presented themselves in a new and pressing way to be included in my work.

So not only Rothko--who has been ever-present all of these years--but also Louise Nevelson, Agnes Martin, Joseph Cornell, and Antoni Tapies, among others, with their grids, boxes, arrows, exes, color fields, and found objects, have either made their way or are about to into my recent work.

Samuel Dorsky Museum of Art, New Paltz, NY
Astoria Savings Bank, Queens, NY
Sandra Eu, New York, NY
Keihin Hotels-Executive Group, Takanawa, Japan
JSO Art Associates, Westport, Conn.
American Airlines, New York, NY
Club Financiero Genova, Madrid, Spain
Howard & Ellen Greenberg, New York, NY
Waterford Crystal, New York, NY
Bessener Trust Co., New York, NY
Sony Pictures, New York, NY
Julio Mendoza-Sanchez, Madrid, Spain
Bessemer Trust Co., San Francisco, CA
Nikkei Nihon Keizai Shimbun America, New York, NY
Zoe Randall, Andes, NY
Kelsey Grammer, Malibu. CA
James Gleich & Cynthia Crossen, Garrison, NY


Biography from Mark Gruber Gallery:
"Christie Scheele wasn’t always a landscape painter. Grounded in contemporary art, minimalism, color field abstraction, she first did abstractions and then figurative/narrative work.  Landscape came later, when Scheele reached the limits of calculated, self-referential narrative and needed to open things up. Ironically, one of the most traditional of forms proved the most liberating. There was still a sense of narrative, but the specific story dropped away.

The discipline of her academic training—Christie Scheele studied in Spain at the Royal Academy— can be seen in her flawless technique. The years of abstract painting can be seen in the flattened, diffuse and interlocking forms, and in the subtle variations of color. There is a reduction to essentials, an elimination of unnecessary details. Though Scheele plans her work carefully, her road map allows for unexpected turns. Image emerges through process."

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