Painter's Painters: Mark Making in the Tradition of Painting 

By O'Neill Cushman & KJ Schumacher


Tuesday August 9
18:30 – 19:30

Painter’s Painters: Mark Making in the Tradition of Painting
How does a painter decide what to put on the canvas?  This question is central to the work of painters KJ Schumacher and O’Neill Cushman.  With an emphasis on the natures of mark-making, studio process, the contemporary and the traditional, these two artists invite you into their investigation.  This painterly dialogue will compare and contrast Schumacher’s chance and facsimile based approach to mark-making with Cushman’s reliance on the visible world and its relationship with the strokes of paint he puts down.  Their work, seen together, will shed light on the similarities shared by their two distinct methodologies, as it moves toward a greater understanding of what is at the heart of painting, namely the artist’s intention, or lack thereof, brought to existence in a specific form.


O’NEILL CUSHMAN is an American artist living and working in Aix-en-Provence, France.  His work is centered around the idea that a work of art is structurally parallel to nature, and that the most direct form of self expression is through a phenomenological investigation of these natural structures.  His methodical and continual search for poetic truth and perceptive meaning, both in nature and in his work, guides his rapid, intuitive style, which he calls Phenomenological Expressionism.  For more information on how to look at his work, please visit




KJ SCHUMACHER (b.1978) lives and works in Nashville, TN. He studied Art History, Fine Arts and Painting at Parsons School of Design in Paris and the George Washington University in Washington D.C., where earned the Presidential Arts Scholarship and graduated in 2001 with a Bachelor of Arts. Schumacher’s work is included in prominent collections throughout the Southeast and has been exhibited in solo and groups shows in Nashville, Los Angeles, London, New York, Berlin, and Miami.