This painting depicts an antique vase or vessel tipping to one side, about to fall over. Energetic lines cross the composition horizontally, merging the background and foreground. These lines seem to focus on the vessel at the center of the picture, and their trajectory is disrupted by the beginning of the object's fall. In this work, the artist intertwines his pictographic vocabulary with patterns rendered in bright and fluorescent hues—creating a shimmering, optically vibrating composition. Moving between representation and abstraction, this hypnotic and dizzying work is also a surprisingly meditative allegory that broaches questions while suggesting there are no clear answers. As always with Schoultz's work, there are implicit references to cataclysm—smashed cultural artifacts and fiery red-orange skies—pointing to the many contemporary threats to civilization. But there is also an omnipresent possibility of positive re-creation and hope.
Schoultz's signature style employs densely-packed, meticulously-rendered motifs—including archaic war machines, the iconography of the American Dollar bill and cataclysmic events both natural and man-made—to represent the turmoil of the contemporary world. Schoultz’s work is an intense vision of a planet threatened by overcrowding and overconsumption. The artist's compositions feature narratives where societies are under siege by the governments that are supposed to protect them. Schoultz’s work combines these personal and narrative motifs with references to art historical works, including antique etchings, Persian miniature paintings, and works by William T. Wiley and M. C. Escher—as well as Mission School street art from San Francisco, where the artist is recognized for his murals and other work.
Encompassing murals, paintings, drawings, sculptures and installations, Andrew Schoultz’s work employs a signature style of densely-packed and meticulously-rendered motifs to represent the turmoil of the contemporary world. The artist’s work combines these motifs with references to antique etchings, Persian miniature paintings and the work of William T. Wiley and M. C. Escher, as well as Mission school street art. Schoultz’s unique style is an intense vision of a planet threatened by overcrowding and overconsumption—depicting societies under siege by the governments that are there to protect them.