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Bill Schenck's art incorporates techniques from Photo-Realism and Pop Art to both praise and mimic classic western images. His work is characterized by hot colors, surreal juxtapositions and patterning which explore clashes between wilderness and civilization, the individual and community, nature and culture, freedom and restriction.
Early in his career, he became known for utilizing cinematic imagery, reproduced in a flattened, reductivist style, where colors are displayed side by side rather than blended or shadowed. Schenck has added hot colors, surreal juxtapositions and stylized patterning to explore clashes between wilderness and civilization, the individual and community, nature and culture, freedom and restriction.
A Mid-Western baby boomer, Schenck attended the Columbus College of Art and Design from 1965 to 1967. He received his B.A. in fine Arts from the Kansas City Art Institute in 1969. While still a young man, Bill moved to New York where he was influenced by the Photo-Realists, Color Field, and Minimalist painters in vogue at the time. His first solo show in New York sold out at the age of 24.
In the mid-70's the work exemplified in his paintings drew him West where he split his time between Wyoming and Arizona. Since then he has had 72 solo shows, 77 group shows and is included in 31 museum collections world-wide.
His work is found in numerous major collections throughout the world and has been the subject of four museum retrospectives, the most recent titled "The West as it Never Was" at the Albrecht Kemper Museum of Art. The artist currently resides in Santa Fe where new influences and inspirations are beginning to emerge in his art.