Biography

Terry Schutté works with oil on canvas and oil on paper to create images that energize the entire surface. With well edited markings of brush, oil crayon, brush handle and knife, she cuts, scratches into and builds up layers of paint to create a microcosm of activity. The canvases range from 48" x 36" to 48" x 72". The paintings on paper, although smaller in size (22" x 30"), dance and vibrate manifesting a larger presence. The cool greys and blacks interspersed with warmer pinks and flesh tones establish a tension of opposites that is repeated in the use of lines and organic imagery.

Born and raised in New York City, Schutte studied at the Art Students League during her high school days and later attended and graduated from Pratt Institute, where her instructors included Richard Lindner, Philip Pearlstein, George McNeil, Jacob Lawrence and Dore Ashton. Afterward she continued her studies with Mercedes Matter. She was the personal assistant and apprentice to Joseph Cornell. Schutte feels a close kinship with Goya and Guston, the abstract figurations of deKooning and Matisse, the surrealism of Gorky and Miro, as well as the rhythms of jazz.

She has taught university classes at the graduate level in addition to working at various institutions in the museum field. Her photographs have been published in various books and periodicals. A selection of photographs and a publication list may be viewed through the links section.

Currently she maintains her studio in Austin, Texas. Schutte lectures on her own work, the work of Joseph Cornell and other artists she has been associated with throughout the years.