The Trippe-Hilderbrandt Gallery is pleased to open a new exhibit “Still-Lifes by John Schisler” during Friday’s Gallery Walk with a reception from 5-8.
John Schisler paints in the classical realist style, using the oil painting medium and techniques of the Dutch Masters. He makes his own Maroger medium, which offers qualities of permanence, transparency, shadow, brilliance, and luminosity that bring a special quality to his paintings. Schisler learned to make and use ‘black oil’, which is used as a basis for the mediums of such masters as Titian, Rubens, and Rembrandt. The advantage of this medium is the ability to obtain the qualities of color, shadow, and brilliance found only in their paintings. His style is classical realism. Keeping with the tradition of the old masters, he makes the black oil that is then used to make medium as well as oil paint by mixing with powdered pigments. Schisler also makes his own mastic varnish. “ I saw John’s paintings at the Oxford Fine Arts Fair and was immediately impressed with his work”, says gallery owner Nanny Trippe. “I was excited to have him join the gallery-his work is classic!”