Jon Schueler – Artist's Chronology

1916 Born September 12, Milwaukee, Wisconsin. Parents, George Arnold and Clara (nee Haase) Schueler. Childhood and adolescence in Milwaukee where his father is a distributor of Hood tires.
1934-40 Studies at the University of Wisconsin. B.A. in Economics (1938). M.A. in English Literature (1940).
1940-41 Works for the New Haven Evening Register.
1941-44 Summer at the Breadloaf School of English as a scholarship student. Wants to be a writer. In September joins Air Corps of the United States Army. Basic training in the US. Marries Jane Elton, August 1942. (Divorced 1952.) Sent, November 1942, to Molesworth, England. B17 navigator, 303rd Bomber Group, 427th Squadron. Missions over France and Germany. Spring of 1943, Assistant Command Navigator, 8th Bomber Command. 1st Lieutenant. Hospitalized. Medical retirement 1944.
1944-47 Living in Los Angeles. Tries to write a book on his war experience, but meanwhile articles for magazines, radio announcing jobs and a scheme to set up a night club where Anita O' Day would be the principal singer. Builds a house in Topanga Canyon. Two children born.
1945 Schueler and his wife sign up for a portrait painting class with David Lax in Los Angeles.
1947-48 Moves, with the family, to San Francisco, California, where he teaches English Literature at the University of San Francisco.
1948-51 Summer of 1948 at the California School of Fine Arts (now the San Francisco Art Institute) : San Francisco. Decides to sign on full time for the fall semester. Particularly respects Clyfford Still, but also studies under Richard Diebenkorn, David Park, Hassel Smith. Mark Rothko teaches there summer semester of 1949.
1951 In August, moves to New York. Clyfford Still introduces him to his friends; visits Rothko's studio; meets Newman, Kline, Reinhardt, etc.
1951-62 Lives in New York. Marries Joellen Hall Todd, Oct 1956. (Divorced March 10, 1959.)
1957 In September sails for Britain and sets up a studio in Mallaig, a small fishing village in Scotland.
1958 Leaves Mallaig in March. Visits Italy before finding a studio in the Parisian suburb of Clamart and then Arcueil.
1959 Returns in January to his studio in New York.
1960-62 Teaches at Yale Summer School, Norfolk 1960 and 1961. Visiting artist at Yale University School of Art, New Haven 1960-62. Lives in Guilford, CT, fall of 1960 to early summer 1961.
1962 Marries Judy Dearing, Jan 27. (Divorced April 25.)
1963-67 Visiting artist at the Maryland Institute.
1964 June 20, marries Mary Rogers. (Annulled May 5, 1965.)
1965 Summer in Galileo, Majorca, writing.
1967-Jan 1970 Based in Chester, CT.
1968-69 Head of Graduate and Undergraduate Painting and Sculpture at the University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign.
1970 Travels to Scotland and finds a studio in Mallaig.
1970-1975 Based entirely in Mallaig.
1971 Films of Scotland produces a half-hour documentary film on him.
1972 Spends three months in Paris, writing.
1975 Moves back to New York. Keeps the studio in Mallaig for the rest of his life. Most years spends three months in Mallaig.
1976 July 29, marries Magda Salvesen.
1981 The Talbot Rice Art Centre, University of Edinburgh, becomes his studio and exhibition space for 6 weeks while he paints enormous paintings.
1992 August 5, dies in New York.
1999 Publication of The Sound of Sleat: A Painter's Life, Picador USA