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.

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Current Group Exhibitions


oil on canvas 1974
36 x 32 inches o/c 481

Chris Clifford and Stephen McCoubrey open a new gallery CCASM MODERN & CONTEMPORARY on the island of Jersey, off the coast of England. The opening exhibition, September 15 -November 3, 2017, showcases Jon Schueler, Helen Frankenthaler, Sam Francis and Robert Motherwell, with a small survey of Henri Matisse prints, 1920s to 1950s.
[Loch Scavaig]

Loch Scavaig
oil on canvas 1957
35 1/4 x 57 1/4 inches o/c 57-37

Crocker Art Museum, Sacramento, CA
A Schueler is included in Diebenkorn's Circle: Paintings by Abstract Expressionists of the California School of Fine Arts and Beyond,
Oct 8, 2017-January 7, 2018

[Schueler at the Crocker]

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

Latest Museum Acquisition

[Storm: Red Shadow Over Sleat, II]

Storm: Red Shadow Over Sleat, II
oil on canvas 1974-75
52 x 60 inches o/c 568

San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, CA

Recent One-person Exhibitions view more

The 19 Jon Schueler Oils in the Collection [Grey Snow Cloud]

Grey Snow Cloud
oil on canvas 1960
32 x 40 inches o/c 60-6

University of Wyoming Art Museum, Laramie, WY
July 1-Sept 9, 2017
Jon Schueler: Weathering Skies [Winter Storm]

Winter Storm
watercolor on paper 1968
5 1/4 x 6 3/4 inches w/c 68-64

University of Wyoming Art Museum, Laramie, WY
April 1-June 24, 2017.
Reception June 2, 2017
Jon Schueler: The Women Paintings of the 60s [Phyllis]

oil on canvas 1965
63 x 68 inches o/c 65-7

Berry Campbell, New York
November 17-December 23, 2016
Berry Campbell
530 West 24th Street, New York 10011
tel. 212-924-2178
Opening reception: Thursday, November 17, 6-8pm
Featured Painting 2016 [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.
Jon Schueler: Skyscapes [Red Sleat: Blues and Gold]

Red Sleat: Blues and Gold
oil on canvas 1977
36 x 44 inches o/c 863

The Iona Gallery, Kingussie, Scotland
October 1-31, 2016
Catalogue available
Jon Schueler: Weathering Skies [Looking Back to Mallaig]

Looking Back to Mallaig
watercolor on paper 1968
22 1/2 x 30 inches w/c 68-38

Arkansas Arts Center, Little Rock
August 5-October 23, 2016
Brochure available
Jon Schueler: Sound of Sleat Reflections [Double Blues]

Double Blues
oil on canvas 1988
24 x 28 inches o/c 1551

Mallaig Heritage Centre, Mallaig, Scotland
April 1-October 31st, 2016
Schueler: Sea to Sky [The Sound of Sleat: Red in a Summer Night, IX]

The Sound of Sleat: Red in a Summer Night, IX
oil on canvas 1970
75 x 79 inches o/c 13

Resipole Studios and Fine Art Gallery, Acharacle, Scotland
August 6-September 18, 2016
Jon Schueler: Skyscapes [Light: Island and Sea, III]

Light: Island and Sea, III
oil on canvas April-May 1971
30 x 36 inches o/c 132

Thurso Gallery, Caithness
August 6-September 17, 2016
Catalogue available
Speaking of the Sky: Jon Schueler [Sleat: Black Blues in Grey]

Sleat: Black Blues in Grey
oil on canvas 1977
69 x 76 inches o/c 877

University of Stirling, Pathfoot Building, Scotland
April 2-August 16, 2016
Jon Schueler: Skyscapes [Silver Sunday]

Silver Sunday
oil on canvas 1981
16 x 18 inches o/c 1193

Inverness Museum and Art Gallery, Scotland
June 25-July 31st
Catalogue available
An Linne: The Sound [Landscape, 7]

Landscape, 7
charcoal on paper 1971
8 1/2 x 11 inches dr. 71-7

Sabhal Mòr Ostaig, Isle of Skye, Scotland
May 27-June 24, 2016
Light, Land and Sea [Light Over Sleat]

Light Over Sleat
oil on canvas 1974
30 x 36 inches o/c 482

An Talla Solais, Ullapool, Scotland
May 7-June 19, 2016
Jon Schueler: Distillations of Light [See Light, II ]

See Light, II
oil on canvas 1980
8 x 10 inches o/c 1075

Rhue Art, Ullapool, Scotland
May 7-June 16, 2016
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
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, II]

Sun Leaving, II
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

Recent Group Exhibitions view more

Art of Our Time [Winter Sunday]

Winter Sunday
oil on canvas 1958
80 x 71 inches o/c 58-5

Ringling Museum of Art, Sarasota, FL
Nov 4, 2016 - Oct 1, 2017
Out of the Frame [Storm at Sea Remembered]

Storm at Sea Remembered
oil on canvas 1974
69 x 76 inches o/c 531

The McManus, Dundee City Art Gallery, Scotland
November 3, 2016 to May 28, 2017
Selections from the Collection [Untitled]

oil on canvas 1950
44 x 48 inches o/c 68-11

Turtle Bay Museum of Art, Redding, CA
October 1, 2016-January 15, 2017
A centenary display of the museum's two watercolors [Two watercolors]

Two watercolors
watercolor on paper 1972
11 3/4 x 15 5/8 inches (left) 11 1/2 x 15 1/2 inches (right) w/c 84 (left), w/c 85 (right)

Museum of Wisconsin Art, West Bend, WI
November 3-December 30, 2016
Oversized: Contemporary Art from the Collection & New Acquisitions: The Museum Collection [The Sea is Red]

The Sea is Red
oil on canvas 1958
67 x 72 inches o/c 330

University of Wyoming Art Gallery, Laramie, WY
May 28-August 20, 2016
Gesture: Expression in Modern Art [Reflection]

oil on canvas 1973
70 x 63 inches o/c 330

Paisley Museum and Art Galleries, Scotland
July 16-September 26, 2016
CLOUDS, TEMPORARILY VISIBLE [Sleat Remembered: Light, I]

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

JANUARY 30-MAY 22, 2016


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.