Theme/Style Modernism, Art Deco, Abstraction
Media Sculptures, watercolors, drawings
Artistic Focus Having discovered Asian and Polynesian art before he received his artistic training, Jacques Schnier’s aesthetic assumptions were quite different than those of artists who studied art academically before coming upon primitivist sources of inspiration. His early sculptures showed an interest, not just in the Asian aesthetic, but also in those of Egypt and pre-Classic Greece; as a result, Schnier's work often reflected an amalgamation of historical references. Always, however, his sculptures emphasized form, and incorporated rhythmic design and a purity of line. After World War II, Schnier abandoned figural work for abstract geometries, and in the1960s, he began working in media such as fiberglass, polyester resin, Styrofoam, polyvinyl chloride and acrylic.
• First working as an engineer in Hawaii, Schnier
returned to the mainland in 1923 to pursue a career in art.
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