Lyle Schultz, "lastangel," mixed media on canvas, 2009, 4' X 3'.
Blue City Veins, October 2 to December 4, 2009, Grey Area Gallery, Chilliwack
BY: Beverly Cramp
After graduating six years ago, artist Lyle Schultz’s work is already in the permanent collections of the Emily Carr House in Victoria and Medicine Hat College. His patrons include Scott Thompson of Kids in the Hall and John Wright of the band no means no. Schultz’s work has a humourous edge — his gallerists describe him as an artist “creating a unique and diverse universe of eccentrically electric and eclectic absurdities.” Schultz’s multi-media works range from paintings and comics to animation and short film. While he has worked for many years on an aquatic-themed comic called Hello, My Name is B.O.B., the Chilliwack show will feature his new paintings on canvas — mostly acrylics, some polymers and grease pen. The concept will be one Schultz has worked with since college. He moved to Vancouver Island in 2003 and lives in Victoria. “I see cities as huge eating and digestive organs,” he says. “In some ways they’re about the clash between nature and the city, how they are getting along or not.”