Pete Schulte, Flame IV (Desert Version), 2019. Graphite, pigment, on paper, 11 x 11 in.

Pete Schulte

Pete Schulte’s work is rooted in the daily practice of drawing—primarily using graphite, he builds layers of texture to create balanced, abstract, geometric compositions—and also includes the integration of sculpture, site-specific wall drawings, and installations. Of his work, the artist has said: “Whatever form it takes, the work is an earnest attempt to provide a rare moment of pause within a culture that is relentlessly negating the quiet and contemplative.”

At the end of July Schulte exhibited a number of his works on paper in the John Wesley Gallery, which was temporarily vacant pending a rehanging of Wesley’s work from Chinati’s collection. Among the many works on view—all built up with layers of subtle grays and occasional other colors and displayed in a variety of formats: framed on the wall, laid out on tables, mounted atop a plinth as a makeshift sculpture—was a suite of drawings developed in response to the gallery itself: the architecture, atmosphere, and the paintings that are normally housed therein.

Pete Schulte received an MFA in painting and drawing from the University of Iowa in 2008. He has presented recent solo exhibitions at Jeff Bailey Gallery, Hudson New York; Whitespace Gallery, Atlanta; Luise Ross Gallery, New York City; and the Woskob Family Gallery at Penn State University.
Schulte lives in Birmingham, Alabama and is Associate Professor of Art at the University of Alabama in Tuscaloosa. In 2013 he co-founded, with Amy Pleasant, the Fuel and Lumber Company curatorial initiative.