The Bear and The Land
The bear woodcuts and paintings below originated from experiences I had while hiking and drawing above the Arctic Circle in Alaska. I have been there four times. The land is vast, fragile, and its life is spread far apart. The bear traverses the land alone in search of food. He walks silently, his moves are measured and swift. His coat is bleached from the sun. In the presence of a bear, you realize that he is absolute power.
In these woodcuts and paintings, I am exploring the interconnectedness of the bear and the land. I translate how I saw the bear in the landscape as well as how I experienced his constant presence in my mind. My images are a merging of reality and imagination.
Ursula Schneider was born in Switzerland. She attended Kunstgewerbeschule in Zurich and Keramischefachschule in Bern, and holds an undergraduate degree in ceramics from Switzerland.
In 1968 she moved to the United States and graduated in 1972 with an MFA in painting from the San Francisco Art Institute.
She lived and worked in New York from 1980-2004 and is now in Rockland County. She taught painting at the San Francisco Art Institute and at Cooper Union, and currently teaches painting at Sarah Lawrence College.
Her artworks include pastel drawings, paintings, small-scale sculptural paintings and woodcuts, working on one medium at a time. These processes complement and enrich each other by stimulating a fresh approach and allowing for experimentation. Drawing from observation in the landscape has been the basis for the work. The focus is on seeing the inherent qualities of the observed and to find the appropriate translation for the medium used.
Ursula Schneider was represented by Braunstein/Quay Gallery in San Francisco from 1974-2011 and she was a member of the A.I.R. Gallery in New York from 1996-2006.
Since 2010 Ursula Schneider is represented by Ruth Baggett Gallery, Paducah, KY and in 2012 she joined the Marina Gallery in Cold Spring, NY.
Selected one person shows: Kunstmuseum Bern Switzerland; UC Art Museum Berkley, CA; Oakland Museum, CA; Forum Febicus, Switzerland; Braunstein Gallery, CA; A.I.R Gallery, NY.
Selected group shows: Museum of Fine Arts, Forth Worth, TX; Biennial Exhibition, Whitney Museum, NY; San Francisco Museum, CA; Los Angeles Institute of Contemporary Art, CA; Rockland Center for the Arts, NY.
Ursula Schneider’s work is held in private collections nationally and in Europe, and is represented in the collection of the UC Berkley Art Museum, Di Rosa Preserve in CA, U.S. Department of State, Auditorium Netzwerk, Germany, The Union Bank of Switzerland, UBS Security, Bell Savings Art Plus, Security Pacific Bank, CA, and Swiss Bank Corporation.
National Endowment: Major Fellowship Grant, Oakland Museum: New Talent Award, SwissGovernment: Kunststipendium.
Studio: Garnerville Arts and Industrial Center, Garnerville, NY.
Artwork ©1994-2018 by Ursula Schneider. Used with permission of the artist.