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Wednesday, July 15, 2020

Julian Schnabel and paintings


Photo source: Wikimedia Commons, Nick Step

Photo license: CC BY 2.0


Julian Schnabel (1951-now) is an American painter and filmmaker best known for his contributions to abstract art. Wikipedia says,


"In the 1980s, Schnabel received international media attention for his 'plate paintings' - large-scale paintings set on broken ceramic plates... Schnabel's style is characterized by very large scale paintings. He uses diverse materials such as plaster, wax, photographs, antlers, velvet and ceramics." (Wikipedia: Julian Schnabel, 8.20.21 UTC 22:05)


The rest of this post is some quotes from Schnabel.




"Paintings are not like the Internet. They're not like movies. They're not electronic-friendly. You have to go see them. You have to stand in front of them. That's the great thing about them." (


"A lot of what I do is about being in the moment and I think that's hard for people to get... The residue on what happens, that's what's in the paintings." (


"I like when people get really close to the paintings, when they can't really get away from them, I like them to operate in that way on the viewer." (