"...Schuette's best paintings are hardly exercises
in theory-driven, postmodern agitprop and rage triggered by the
world's overabundance of atrocity. She knows how to handle paint,
working the surfaces of her images with a sensuous fluid touch.
Painting on canvas primed with black gesso, the artist works from
dark to light and her figures often appear as if they are emerging
from some crimson darkness... Schuette's collective imagery offers
beautiful and scary expressions of the modern world at war with
itself. It might be a shock to the system to find an artist creating
from a sincere perspective of her political concerns without irony
or detachment. However, Schuette's art tells us that all is not
well as she balances horror with the beauty found in a vibrant painting."
:: Neil Kendricks
San Diego Union-Tribune
"Viewing Lynn Schuette's recent show of paintings
is to witness the wedding of Francis Bacon and
Georgia O'Keefe into a completely original vision. Schuette has
melded Bacon's preoccupation with the body to O'Keefe's meditations
on landscape to create a sumptuously complex and inexplicable relationship
between the two
. The quotes from Cormac McCarthy, particularly
his novel Blood Meridian, provide a key to Schuette's work.
McCarthy's Faulknerian imaginings of human and natural extremity,
by turns beautiful and awful, find comparable expression in Schuette's
these canvases, like a paragraph-long McCarthy sentence,
conjure a surreal intensity through pure painting."
:: Charles Wilmoth
The Painterly Mystery of Landscape and Body
"The strength of vision in Lynn Schuette's
paintings has always held me in awe
an immensely sophisticated
style that has plunged through this century's modernism (O'Keefe,
Kahlo, Hopper, de Chirico, Picasso, Redon) to the Renaissance and
. The result is a breathtaking concision of the language
of painting that allows for seamless mental transitions as the eye
follows a line. The draftsmanship has such power that the work enters
the mind whole: nevertheless, one is always seeing double
Her line is executed with a surgeons hand, a surgeons sense of territory.
Sometimes this seems almost literal: the vital muscularity of the
body with its skin missing, the tissue glistening, where we see
an act of will from the inside out, the gesture one with twisting
muscles of an extending arm. One is on the edge of death and the
test of one's strength with Lynn Schuette
. There is something
particularly American about Schuette's transcendent drive."
:: Becky Cohen
A Woman Like An Excised Heart
"Because Schuette is a woman, because the
human form she represents is female, and because ours is the era
that it is, the temptation to view the work in terms of gender-based
or feminist discourse seems, at first, appropriate and inevitable.
But no such argument is being engaged here. This is not due to shyness,
fear of the raw, or a concern for good manners, however. Instead,
what comes through the paintings themselves is a feeling for and
of the artist's comfort, satisfaction, appreciation and wonderment
at being herself, at being female, at being human."
:: David Lewinson
"Our relationship with nature is Lynn Schuette's
preoccupation.... Her style, which owes a debt to the style of
medical illustrations, sets up an intriguing tension between its
cool demeanor and the heat, emotional and erotic, lurking within
these carefully composed images."
:: Robert Pincus
San Diego Union-Tribune
"The hearts, lungs, spines and rib cages that
recur in Schuette's work here appear as containers of life's energy,
and these are Schuette's odes to them."
:: Leah Ollman
At the Galleries
Los Angeles Times
"Somehow her painted hearts beat, her painted
muscles seem to tense up and the spines bend as if in movement.
Schuette paints with an assurance and boldness that is refreshing."
:: Susan Freudenheim