Over the course of 2020, Brent Schreiber’s practice went through many changes in reaction to the pandemic, and for Schreiber, the year would become a period of training and exploration. At a time of turmoil experimentation came naturally to Schrieber, giving him the freedom to “pull back into simple ideas and making art for art’s sake.”
Primarily a figurative/portraiture artist, Schreiber decided to dive head first into a new series, confronting his insecurities with landscape painting and working for months to develop his strengths and work on his weaknesses. Schreiber would create studies of the areas surrounding Lake Huron incorporating a glow of natural light, a technique that he would come to build further understanding of within his work. Working with charcoal for a small series of his figurative pieces, Schreiber had to find ways to get around being present with a live model. Opting to collaborate digitally with his subjects, he had to forgo a level of control in the creation of his drawings, leading to interesting and beautiful results. Experimenting with different materials that he has added to his drawing toolbox, Schreiber is currently exploring techniques and studies for a new body of work that will reflect the events of the past and upcoming year.