Combining wood and paint
LIONSHEAD – Former actor turned artist, Los Angeles-based Stephen Schubert will exhibit his three-dimensional works at the Vail Arts Festival in Lionshead Saturday and Sunday from 10 a.m.-5 p.m.
Schubert’s art combines wooden sculpture and painting. He cuts out shapes in birch wood to replicate everyday items such as a wine bottle and grapes then paints them in a realistic, “trompe l’oeil” style, layering all the elements into a table setting. “I think today we are inundated daily with media images that numb us to the simple pleasures in life like eating a good meal among friends, which restores our balance and ability to see,” Schubert said. “My work is designed to enchant you, have you feel pleasurably drawn inand delight in the illusions I offer and feel transported.”
Schubert began this style of work after dreaming about the concept about 14 years ago. After countless years in the entertainment industry, being self taught, Schubert credits his early acting class days as instrumental in his taking so quickly to painting. Schubert has appeared on many soap operas, including “As the World Turns” and “Santa Barbara.” He was a guest anchor on the E channel as well as guesting on Seinfeld and numerous other television shows and film. Carried by over 40 galleries nationwide, Schubert now finds pleasure in exhibiting at these traveling shows, which often inspire him and offer him the chance to meet his patrons directly. John Ritter, Christopher Reeve, Rita Rudner and Andy Roddick are some of the more famous names who collect Schubert’s work.
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