Paintings




Artist's Statement

My paintings are about striving to reach perfection. They seek to emulate the perfection found in nature, exploring both the macrocosm and the microcosm.

I describe my artwork as paintings, but I have spent some time experimenting with a number of different media in order to achieve the effects I desire. First, I use Masonite boards as a base for my paintings because its smooth surface receives minute details much more effectively than canvas. Also, I use a combination of acrylic paint, glue, India ink, spackling compound, pencil and oil paint in a series of layers in order to create a smooth, translucent surface.

There are recurring themes in my work. Space, the moon, and other celestial objects show up quite often. Interiors with windows looking out on a night sky are also present, along with trees, swing sets and other objects that have decorated my surroundings since childhood. Spirals and geometric patterns, as well as more organic abstract shapes are evident in most of my work.

A major influence is the Islamic art of illumination found in some of the most ancient manuscripts of the Quran. The decorative elements in this tradition represent to me a kind of visual chant, suggesting mysterious order by means of poetic geometric patterns.

I hope my art influences and expands the viewers perspective and deepens their emotional connection with the universe.

Biography

Michael Klaus Schmidt is an award winning artist and illustrator. Originally from Germany, but raised in the Chicago area, his work has appeared in shows around the country and internationally, including Chicago, San Francisco, London, Toronto, New Orleans and more. He is a member of the Elmhurst Artists' Guild, and has taught art to children grades K-8. Currently, Michael is working as a freelance artist and illustrator.

Upcoming Shows

I Am American
June 28 - September 15, 2017
Argonne 201 Gallery
Argonne National Laboratory
9700 South Cass Avenue, Bldg. 201
Argonne, IL 60439

Solo Shows

Space and Sound
February 18th to March 1st 2017
Elmhurst Artists Guild
150 Cottage Hill, Elmhurst, IL

45th Annual Pilsen East Artists' Open House
October 9th - 11th 2015
1915 S. Halsted St.
Chicago, IL 60608

Visual Chant
Feb 26th - May 26th, 2015
Health in the Arts Clinic
UIC Campus
835 Wolcott, Chicago, IL

Solo Exhibition
September 11th - October 12th, 2013
Elmhurst Community Unit School District 205
162 S. York St.
Elmhurst, IL 60126

Solo Exhibition
March 25th - May 12th, 2013
Reception - March 30th, 2013 IMAN - Inner City Muslim Action Network
2744 W 63rd St.
Chicago, Illinois 60629

The Nature of Form (Solo Exhibition)
June 20th - July 20th, 2012
The Illinois Institute of Art
1000 N Plaza Dr Ste 100
Schaumburg, IL 60173

2011 Brava! Theater for Women in the Arts
September 9th - 13th
2781 24th St. San Francisco, CA 94110
http://www.brava.org/

"American Islamic Art"
Solo Exhibition Featuring Paintings and Drawings by Michael Klaus Schmidt
Reception - January 21st - 7:00 - 9:00 pm
Refreshments will be served

Opens Jan 11th, closes February 11th
Elmhurst Artists Guild
150 Cottage Hill
Elmhurst, IL 60126

Group Shows

Elmhurst Artists' Guild - Spring Members Show
April 2nd - May 12th, 2017
The Elmhurst Artists' Guild
150 Cottage Hill, Elmhurst, IL

Artprize
September 24th - October 12th, 2016
The Waters Building
161 Ottawa NW, Grand Rapids, MI

Future So Bright
Jan 30th - Feb 27th 2016
Old Court House Arts Center
101 N Johnson St.
Woodstock, Illinois 60098
Honorable Mention for "Differential"

4th Annual Creek Gallery Exhibition
August 14th - 30th 2015
Willow Creek Crystal Lake
220 N. Exchange Drive
Crystal Lake, IL 60014

I Am American
Jan 16th - Feb 14th, 2015
Reception - Jan 16th, 7:00 - 10:00pm
Zhou B. Art Center
1029 W. 35th Street, Chicago, IL

Elmhurst Artists' Guild - Winter Members Show
Jan 3rd - Jan 16th, 2015
Maze won an honorable mention Reception - Jan 9th, 7:00 - 9:00pm
The Elmhurst Artists' Guild
150 Cottage Hill
Elmhurst, IL 60126

Artprize
September 24th - October 12th, 2014
West Coast Coffee
55 Monroe Center St NW
Grand Rapids, MI 49503

I Am American
August 25th - September 30th, 2014
Reception - August 28th, 2014 - 5:00 - 8:00pm
Governors State University

Elmhurst Artists' Guild - Summer Members Show
July 8th - August 15th, 2014
Apertures won an honorable mention The Elmhurst Artists' Guild
150 Cottage Hill
Elmhurst, IL 60126

I Am American
June 14th - July 26th, 2014
Reception - June 14th, 2014 - 6:00 - 9:00pm
White Ripple Gallery
6725 Kennedy Ave.
Hammond, IN 46323

I Am American
January 24th - March 30th, 2014
Reception - January 24th, 2014 - 6:00 - 10:00pm
Water Street Studios
160 S. Water St.
Batavia, IL 60510

Double Take
Winning Artists from 2013 Emerging Artists Exhibitions
October 11th - October 28th, 2013
Reception - October 11th, 2013 - 6:00 - 9:00pm
Morpho Gallery
5216 N. Damon Ave.
Chicago, IL 60625

Artprize
September 24th - October 12th, 2013
Westminster Presbyterian Church
47 Jefferson SE
Grand Rapids, MI 49503

Carved and Composed
March 6th - May 4th, 2013
Reception - March 8th, 2013 - 6:00 - 9:00pm
Oak Park Art League
720 Chicago Ave
Oak Park, Illinois 60302

Emerging Artists Exhibitions
Winter Sessions 2013
January 11th - March 11th, 2013
Morpho Gallery
5216 N. Damon Ave.
Chicago, IL 60625

Chicago to Lahore - A Cultural Nexus
October 17th, 2012
Chicago Cultural Center
78 E Washington St,
Chicago, IL 60602

Elmhurst Artists' Guild - Fall Members Show
September 18th - October 26th, 2012
Reception - September 21st, 2012 - 7:00 - 9:00pm
The Elmhurst Artists' Guild
150 Cottage Hill
Elmhurst, IL 60126

Art of 9:Two
May 19th - June 29th, 2012
The Dellora A. Norris Cultural Arts Center
1040 Dunham Road
Palos Park, IL 60464

Art of 9:One
March 9th - April 22, 2012
McCord Gallery
9602 W. Creek Rd.
St. Charles, IL 60174

Letters from Home
September 27th - December11th
Elmhurst Historical Museum
120 E. Park Ave.
Elmhurst, IL 60126
http://www.elmhurst.org

2011 "Muslim Fest - Mississauga" - July 23rd - July24th
Celebration Square
Mississauga, ON
http://www.muslimfest.com

2011 "Summer Members Show" - June 27th - July 29th
The Living from the Dead
won Honorable mention
Elmhurst Artists Guild
150 Cottage Hill
Elmhurst, IL 60126

"ISNA"
Booth # 207
Reception - July 1st - July 4th 2011
Donald E. Stevens Convention Center
Rosemont, IL

2011 "Spring Members Show" - April 5th - May 13th
Daddy's Coffee
Elmhurst Artists Guild
150 Cottage Hill
Elmhurst, IL 60126

2010 "Winter Members Show" - Nov 23rd 2010 - Jan 7th 2011
The Enigma of the Swingset won Honorable Mention
Elmhurst Artists Guild
150 Cottage Hill
Elmhurst, IL 60126

David Leonardis Gallery
Nov. 1st - Dec. 31st 2010
3226 N. Clark Street, Chicago, IL

2nd Annual International Muslim Artists Exhibition
November 26 - December 31, 2010 at the Zeitgeist Multidisciplinary Arts Center
1618 Oretha Castle Haley Blvd. New Orleans, LA 70113-1311
(504) 827-5858
City-Scape
Mortar & Pestle

Real Colors
Albaylasan 2nd Annual International Art Exhibition 2010
At the Holiday In Hotel, Khalid Hall. Al-Khobar, Saudi Arabia
Under the patronage of Her Royal Highness Princess Jawaher Bint Nayef Bin Abdul Aziz Al-Saud
Alchemy
Lunar Cycle

2010 "Muslim Fest - Toronto" - July 31st - August 1st
Inner Workings
Lunar Cycle
Alchemy
City-Scape
Night-Scape
Mortar & Pestel
The Living Arts Center
4141 Living Arts Drive
Mississauga, ON
905.306.6100
http://www.livingartscentre.ca

2010 "Summer Members Show" - June 6th - July 16th
Inner Workings won Third Place
Elmhurst Artists Guild
150 Cottage Hill
Elmhurst, IL 60126

2009 "Winter Members Show" - Dec. 6th - Jan. 22nd
A Fanciful Flying Machine won 'Honorable Mention'
Elmhurst Artists Guild
150 Cottage Hill
Elmhurst, IL 60126

2009 "Best of the Best" - Sept 19th - November 8th
Alchemy won Third Place
Alliance of Fine Art
Mayslake Peabody Estate
1717 W. 31st Street
Oak Brook, IL

2009 "Community Bank of Elmhurst" - Nov 2nd - November 6th
Awards will be based on public vote... hint hint, nudge nudge
Elmhurst City Center
Corner of Schiller and York streets
Elmhurst, IL

2009 "Summer Members Show" - June 20 - August 1
Mortar & Pestel
Elmhurst Artists Guild
150 Cottage Hill
Elmhurst, IL 60126

2009 "Spring Members Show" - March 28 - May 8
Elmhurst Artists Guild
150 Cottage Hill
Elmhurst, IL 60126

2009 "Cafe Finjan" - Sunday, March 15th 2009
Courtelyou Commons - DePaul University
2324 N. Fremont St.
Chicago, IL 60614

2008 "Fall Members Show" - Sept 20 - Oct 24
Reception October 10th - 7-9 pm
Circular Light won Third Place
Elmhurst Artists Guild
150 Cottage Hill
Elmhurst, IL 60126

2008 "Restoration" - July 22 - August 23
Blood Kitchen won Best of Show
Alliance of Fine Art Juried Exhibition
Mayslake Peabody Estate
1717 W. 31st Street, Oakbrook, IL

2008 "People's Choice Show" - May 31 - July 11
Solar Wind
Elmhurst Artists Guild
150 Cottage Hill
Elmhurst, IL 60126

2008 "Spring Members Show" - April 26 - May 30
Alchemy won Best of Show
Elmhurst Artists Guild
150 Cottage Hill
Elmhurst, IL 60126

2007 "Fall Members Show"
Lunar Cycle
Elmhurst Artists Guild
150 Cottage Hill
Elmhurst, IL 60126

2006 "Spring Show"
Sunlit Stairway, Blood Kitchen
Sheridan Russell Gallery
16 Crawford St., London W1H 1BS
United Kingdom

2005 "Fall Show"
Square Light, Circular Light
Sheridan Russell Gallery
16 Crawford St., London W1H 1BS
United Kingdom




Shows
These are all the current and past art shows in which I have exhibited.

More recent shows appear at the top of the list.