In Barbara Kastner’s work there’s a sense of suburban uneasea suspicion that beyond the neat and formalized order is chaos and maybe even danger. Kastner often renders a recognizable scene but pushes it toward resonance by heightening the dark/light dichotomy: “I use spare images, deleting anything that’s not absolutely necessary, and I create strong patterns of light and dark so that the images will linger in the viewer’s mindnagging the subconscious to retrieve something that will complete the painting or unravel the mystery.
Over the past 42 years, Richard Schmid has secured his place in the history of American art, winning nearly every major art award in the United States. Most recently, in June 2000, Schmid was the recipient of the John Singer Sargent Medal for Lifetime Achievement from the American Society of Portrait Artists Foundation. In 1998, he completed his third book Alla PrinmaEverything I Know About Painting (Stove Prairie Press), which sold more than 1 million copies in its first year in print. Hes currently working on his next book, which will focus on his portrait sketches and is due on the market in the spring of 2001. Schmids paintings have been exhibited in such prestigious venues as The Smithsonian Institution, The Butler Institute of American Art, The Art Institute of Chicago and The Beijing Exhibition Center in China. Hes represented by West Wind Fine Art, Manchester Center, Vermont. For more information about Schmid and his work, visit his Web site at: www.RichardSchmid.com.