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Artist Information

Name: Robert Puschautz
Medium: Drawing, Charcoal, Painting, Prints
Style: Figurative, Landscape, Realism, Still Life

[/vc_column_text][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row content_placement=“middle” width=“full”][vc_column width=“1/6”][/vc_column][vc_column width=“2/3”][vc_tta_tabs layout=“trendy” stretch=“1” title_font=“body”][vc_tta_section title=“Artist State­ment” tab_id=“1556914256614–6307e2bb-988a69ca-999a”][vc_column_text]A paint­ing does not amount to being just anoth­er image. Rather it is a lan­guage unto itself which uses line, shape, tone and col­or to com­mu­ni­cate mean­ing, draw asso­ci­a­tions, and cre­ate metaphors. The focus of my paint­ings has always been an attempt to seize the super­nat­ur­al through the nat­ur­al. Paint­ed light becomes a metaphor for the Divine. Bib­li­cal scenes or fig­ures from Chris­t­ian tra­di­tion are all imbued with sym­bol­ic mean­ing and spir­i­tu­al sig­nif­i­cance. Most impor­tant­ly, how­ev­er, is the impor­tance of beau­ty in my work which is intend­ed to draw our hearts and minds the the uncre­at­ed beau­ty of God Himself.[/vc_column_text][/vc_tta_section][vc_tta_section title=“Biography” tab_id=“1556904212576-a00267d3-de6ecfc7-1e2fbf04-4ffa89a3-538469ca-999a”][vc_column_text]I was raised in Chica­go sur­round­ed by beau­ti­ful ear­ly 20th cen­tu­ry Catholic church­es filled with epic murals, daz­zling stained glass, and provoca­tive stat­u­ary. This was my first expo­sure to the pow­er and won­der of art that formed my vision of the world and prompt­ed the first ques­tions I had about my Catholic Faith and life as a youth. My par­ents encour­aged all of my sib­lings to draw and work on art projects through­out our child­hood, so while I attend­ed North­ridge from 2002–2006, I paint­ed a mur­al in the weight room and cre­at­ed T‑shirt designs. When it came time for col­lege I decid­ed to major in Paint­ing and Art Edu­ca­tion. From 2011–2014, I taught first through fourth grade art at the Latin School of Chica­go while main­tain­ing a paint­ing prac­tice on the side. After teach­ing, I decid­ed to enter the Ravenswood Ate­lier in Chica­go: a stu­dio that taught the clas­si­cal method of paint­ing passed on from mas­ter to stu­dent from the Renais­sance up until the 19th cen­tu­ry. In 2017, I moved with my wife and son to Tyler and start­ed paint­ing full time. Since June of 2018, I was award­ed the Sta­bat Mater Art Fel­low­ship which enables me to cre­ate Sacred Art for the Dio­cese of Tyler under the direc­tion of the bishop.

Robert Puschautz[/vc_column_text][/vc_tta_section][vc_tta_section title=“CV” tab_id=“1556904212591–5cf4ad24-124fcfc7-1e2fbf04-4ffa89a3-538469ca-999a”][vc_column_text]Robert Puschautz
Visu­al Artist and Art Educator

Ravenswood Ate­lier 2014–2017
Uni­ver­si­ty of Illi­nois at Urbana/Champaign GPA: 3.5
Bach­e­lors of Fine Arts in Art Edu­ca­tion — Decem­ber 20, 2010
Bach­e­lors of Fine Arts in Paint­ing — August 5, 2013

2018 Robert Puschautz and Sharon Grimes: Artist Exhi­bi­tion, Goldleaf Gallery, Tyler TX, Novem­ber 7 — Jan­u­ary 10

2018 Cov­er Art for Catholic East Texas Mag­a­zine for the Dio­cese of Tyler The Real Pres­ence — Spring Issue 2018

2014 — 2017 Ravenswood Ate­lier Open House, Ravenswood Ate­lier, Works Exhib­it­ed: Life Draw­ings , Decem­ber 11

2014 Fea­tured Visu­al Artist for Dap­pled Things Quar­ter­ly — Vol­ume 9, Issue 2

2014 Pop-Up Art Gallery, Ek Auto­mo­tive, Chica­go, IL, Jan­u­ary 25

2012 Earth and Light: Recent Work, Gallery 2, Latin School of Chica­go, Chica­go, IL, Decem­ber 3–21

2012 Four Sea­sons Mur­al Exhi­bi­tion, Oak­ton Place, Des Plaines, IL Octo­ber 13,

2011 You will know the truth and the truth will set you free, St. Mary of the Angels Muse­um Room, Chica­go, IL, August 5–7

2010 School of Art + Design 2D Exhi­bi­tion, LInk Gallery, Work Exhib­it­ed: Self-Por­trait, Cham­paign, IL, Jan­u­ary 15–30

2010 School of Art + Design Bach­e­lor of Fine Arts Exhi­bi­tion, Kran­nert Art Muse­um„ Work Exhib­it­ed: Six Lives Came From One Bond, Cham­paign, IL, May 8–16[/vc_column_text][/vc_tta_section][vc_tta_section title=“Artist Inter­view” tab_id=“1569342490973–32877d47-d99d”][vc_column_text]

Artist Interview: Robert Puschautz

What are your ear­li­est mem­o­ries relat­ed to art?
The ear­li­est mem­o­ries I have of art are from going to Church on Sun­days with my fam­i­ly. I was born and raised in Chica­go which had some amaz­ing ear­ly 20th cen­tu­ry Catholic Church­es with incred­i­ble stained glass, paint­ings and sculp­tures. I remem­ber even as a young child grow­ing up with these beau­ti­ful images and being sur­round­ed by the spir­i­tu­al dra­ma of the Chris­t­ian Faith.[/vc_column_text][us_separator size=“small”][vc_column_text]How and when did you start becom­ing an artist yourself?
I come from a pret­ty big fam­i­ly with five boys and one girl. My mom had these old draw­ings around the house that she made when she was a young woman and my old­er broth­ers were always draw­ing super­heroes and cars. I fol­lowed along. I was the class artist in school. I would draw pic­tures for oth­er stu­dents and in high school I designed t‑shirts and paint­ed murals. It wasn’t until col­lege though, that I began to take seri­ous­ly the con­cep­tu­al process of what it took to cre­ate a work of art. Every mate­r­i­al, image and process had to be con­sid­ered a part of the art­work. I think for me, that was the first step of becom­ing an artist. I had to think like an artist to be one.[/vc_column_text][us_separator size=“small”][vc_column_text]What was the evo­lu­tion like toward find­ing your cur­rent voice and visu­al vocabulary?
I’ve had a pret­ty slow evo­lu­tion in my artis­tic career. I like to thor­ough­ly work through a con­cept before feel­ing con­fi­dent in mov­ing on. After col­lege, I start­ed work­ing on a body of work that involved try­ing to con­vey a person’s inner world through com­bi­na­tion of por­trai­ture and land­scape paint­ing. I was not very good a paint­ing por­traits or land­scapes, so I decid­ed to work on one at time. Land­scape became a focus for me for sev­er­al years, but the focus was on evok­ing a sense of the spir­i­tu­al rather than the nat­ur­al. In those works light became a metaphor for the divine and the earth for humankind. Even­tu­al­ly, I began train­ing at a clas­si­cal Ate­lier that helped me draw the fig­ure from life. All the visu­al vocab­u­lary I use comes from my expe­ri­ence paint­ing land­scapes, my clas­si­cal train­ing and learn­ing from the masters.[/vc_column_text][us_separator size=“small”][vc_column_text]What is your process like?
I am by nature a bit dis­or­ga­nized, so I like to impose a straight­for­ward process on myself to get the best pos­si­ble results. I start with research­ing images from Art His­to­ry. I will make sev­er­al sketch­es of an idea in either pen­cil or on my iPad. After I set­tle on a com­po­si­tion I’ll usu­al­ly get a mod­el in and make sev­er­al sketch­es in char­coal or paint of hand ges­tures, pos­es, or the gen­er­al col­or and val­ue of the piece. Final­ly, I get the big can­vas out and start to work. There are usu­al­ly a lot of changes made along the way. My large reli­gious works usu­al­ly take any­where from three to six months to complete.[/vc_column_text][us_separator size=“small”][vc_column_text]Is there any­thing from your artist state­ment that you wish to expound on, that you nor­mal­ly don’t have the chance to discuss?
There are too many things to dis­cuss, so I’ll try to let my art speak for itself![/vc_column_text][us_separator size=“small”][vc_column_text]What do you try to con­trol in your sur­faces, and what do you leave to chance?
I try to con­trol every­thing when it comes to my sur­faces and if any­thing hap­pens by chance in the paint­ing I make sure that it fits with the over­all con­cept and real­iza­tion of the work.[/vc_column_text][us_separator size=“small”][vc_column_text]Where do you see your work going from here?
I would love to con­tin­ue to paint reli­gious sub­jects for church­es but also have some time to do some more per­son­al work as well. I nev­er total­ly fleshed out my land­scape por­trait series which I’d love to return to at some point, and I’d like to begin using col­or in a way that is more evoca­tive and sym­bol­ic. I take things one step at a time though, so after I work on those things, who knows…[/vc_column_text][/vc_tta_section][/vc_tta_tabs][/vc_column][vc_column width=“1/6”][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row content_placement=“middle” width=“full” css=”.vc_custom_1569342983078{padding-right: 5% !important;padding-left: 5% !important;}”][vc_column][us_grid post_type=“attachment” images=“1826,1828,1829,1830” items_quantity=“15” pagination=“ajax” items_layout=“gallery_default” type=“masonry” columns=“3” overriding_link=“popup_post_image”][/vc_column][/vc_row]