Pilze. 2002. Oil and tempera on canvas. Verso signed and dated. 150.7 x 100 cm (59.3 x 39.3 in).
PROVENANCE: Sandroni Rey Gallery, Los Angeles (with gallery label on stretche).
LITERATURE: Heinz-Norbert Jocks, Die Möblierung des Naturraums - David Schnell, In: Kunstforum International, June-August 2005, issue 176, p. 259 (with illu.).
The traditional genre of landscape painting is at the core of David Schnell's art, but his unmistakable style takes it to new realms. The artist used the landscape as a setting or as a starting point from which questions regarding composition, coloring and perspective are examined. The painting "Pilze" is obviously aligned with the central axis, however, the artist employs asymmetries with great poise. The side-strips of the street leading into an infinite image space and flanked by mushrooms and towering trees, are slightly off the image axis. The earthen colors and the red mushrooms, as well as the lowering cloud formations make for an apocalyptic atmosphere. In his landscapes Schnell creates scenes with both natural as well as man-made elements. Perceptible for the observer, they still remain artificial.