Signature Scheurer

Signature Scheurer

by Michael Scheurer

“Signature Scheurer”, a more than forty-year survey of the collage-based works of Michael Scheurer, was presented at the Cincinnati Arts Association’s Alice F. and Harris K. Weston Art Gallery in the Aronoff Center for the Arts in Ohio, 28 April-18 June 2017. This monograph, Signature Scheurer: The Art of Michael Scheurer, published in conjunctio with the exhibition, includes a foreword by Michael Lowe and essay by New York-based writer and curator Jan Riley.

In a career spanning more than forty years, Michael Scheurer has developed a unique aesthetic of sumptuous and richly worked collages which complements his reputation as a connoisseur of ancient, antique, and modern decorative art objects. His signature motifs of fanciful pen and ink drawings, bulbous nosed silhouettes, and perky girl/boy portraits from the 1970s and 80s have evolved into visually sophisticated collage series constructed from the disparate source material he finds in his inveterate antiquing research. Scheurer routinely mixes splattered paint, found drawings, handwritten manuscripts, cartoon snippets, fabric, Indian cinema posters, old chromolithographs, and torn advertisements that, in his inimitable style, become enigmatic works of timeless wonder.

About Michael Scheurer:
Michael Scheurer was born and raised in Cincinnati, Ohio, USA. His early art instruction began as a child with classes at the Art Academy of Cincinnati. He studied liberal arts at Xavier University then moved to New York City in the early 1980s and studied textile design at the Fashion Institute of Technology. The cross-cultural nature of many of his pieces results from his broad exposure to art history and world religions accompanied by an expertise in African colonial tribal arts, exotic woven carpets, antique textiles, and European decorative arts. His travel and extended stays in New York, Los Angeles, San Francisco, and Tokyo also fuel his artistic output.

Signature Scheurer: The Art of Michael Scheurer
by Michael Scheurer & Jan Riley, Essayist
hardcover, 48 pages
ISBN: 978-0-692-86266-7
$40 US
Michael Scheurer & Alice F. and Harris K. Weston Art Gallery, Cincinnati, Ohio, 2017

The book is available for purchase at the Rookwood Commons branch of Joseph-Beth Booksellers in Cincinnati, at the Alice F. and Harris K. Weston Art Gallery, or via mail order from the Weston Art Gallery (email), or directly from the artist (visit his merchandise page HERE).

by Michael Scheurer
mixed-media collage on paper
Courtesy of the artist