The Hidden Place

September 29, 2009

Travis Schlaht

Filed under: Contemporary Painters — thehiddenplace @ 4:45 pm
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Travis Schlaht is an instructor at the Grand Central Academy, married to Kate Lehman, studied at Water Street Atelier and has a show coming up at John Pence Gallery, so as the ‘classical realism’ scene goes, he’s got the credentials.  Oh and his paintings are pretty nice too.



I must admit, as far as subject matter goes, i’m not particularly excited.  It’s his paint quality that fascinates me, his marks having their own independent interest, yet never disrupting the illusionism, always subservient to representation but present enought for one to enjoy the interaction between surface and subject.  That may not be the most revolutionary thing ever, but I don’t mind at all, I’d rather quality and sincerity to ‘originality’.




  1. I agree that this painter has a great tactile quality in his paint so that you can enjoy the short strokes over the tinted panel ground. I especially like how he captures the fuzziness of luminosity while at the same time capturing its watery shininess. In the third portrait I like how the flick of the bristle brush with a transparent brown indicates the highlights and texture, all in one stroke, efficient.

    Comment by Rebecca Harp — October 3, 2009 @ 12:58 pm | Reply

  2. Why is it I always find unfinished paintings more interesting? I love the portrait against the grey ground, and agree the painting handeling is compelling, but I would like the still life to be something beyond a Chardin. Look at Louise Bristow’s latest still lives, or mid career Harry Holland (before he went back to painting those horrible nudes). I think the still life can be a really exciting challenge.

    Comment by Phil Tyler — October 11, 2009 @ 11:11 am | Reply

  3. I own the top and bottom of these Travis paintings! I think the guy is pretty much a genius painter! I am sorry I have nothing useful to add to the conversation!

    Comment by kevin — August 3, 2010 @ 12:08 am | Reply

  4. I have been an admirer of Travis Schlaht’s work for awhile now. I must confess I have never seen one in person yet. I too, am fascinated by his economy of means and his personal mark. I also enjoy the subdued palette. Great stuff

    Comment by Jeanean Songco Martin — May 10, 2011 @ 3:25 am | Reply

  5. Kevin, your enthusiasm is useful.

    Comment by Bruce Hedges — September 26, 2011 @ 9:49 pm | Reply

  6. So exciting to see finished piece (portrait ) popping out of an unfinished background. Like jewel in space. Barbara Cohen

    Comment by Barbara Cohen — January 27, 2012 @ 1:29 pm | Reply

  7. I think he’s one of the best painters there is right now, along with his wife Kate Lehman. Talented and hardworking household. I find both of their work super brilliant and inspiring.

    Comment by doug stotts — March 13, 2012 @ 5:05 pm | Reply

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