Stanford Art Spaces
December 7, 2007 to February 7, 2008, Stanford Art Spaces features this exhibit:

Annie Armstrong
Jill Jeannides
Robert Schimke
Paintings & Mixed Media

Magnolia © 2007

Still Life © 2007

Yosemite Falls © 2007

This exhibit is located on the Stanford University campus, primarily in the Center for Integrated Systems (CIS). The building is open 8:30 am to 5 pm, Monday through Friday. A directory is available at the CIS reception desk.

Most works are for sale directly from the artists. For information, contact M. Grossman, Curator, at (650) 725-3622 or

Annie Armstrong
Burnt Shell © 2007
Orange Calla Lily © 2007

There is something about nature that has always fascinated me. When natural objects are observed under powerful magnification, each layer magically opens up to a newer level of even more intricate, complex beauty. A harmony of the basic structure is revealed as one looks deeper. Taking the smallest things – a seashell only ¾ inch across – and transforming it to a scale of six feet by six feet, forces one to confront the over-powering beauty of its natural form. This beauty is overlooked initially, because of its seemingly insignificant size. We need to take the time to really look at the simple things that surround us every day to understand the powerful impact of nature on our lives.

Annie’s early work was inspired by the artist Georgia O’Keefe.

For more art by Annie Armstrong, click here.

Jill Jeannides
New York © 2007
Portrait © 2007

Observational painting, for me, is a practice of both physical and mental concentration. I listen with my eyes and talk with my hand, palette and brush. Within the dialogue my unique sensibility for color, light and perception of space emerges. My paintings translate a visual image into marks, physical movements, which communicate how I see.

My paintings are points that add up to create my unique history. Oftentimes they are physical locations or scenes I encounter on a daily basis within a specific period of time. By deconstructing a view with my eye and reconstructing the view with my hand, I experience a communion with the location. This activity is my way of transforming an arbitrary picture into an authentic personal artifact.

I have always been interested in culture’s relationship to location. Different locations bring different languages, social protocols and ways of thinking. Mass media globalization uses media culture to replace local cultures and in doing so severs the tie between location and culture. At the same time I see a discrepancy between life as I experience it, and life as portrayed by the mass media culture industry. To speak for my experience, I choose to use my eye hand coordination to record how I observe where I am at in the world. I engage in the activity of painting landscapes and still-lives as a means to create my version of organic authentic cultural imagery.

For more art by Jill Jeannides, click here.

Robert Schimke
New Genetics © 2007
Colored Drops In Heavens © 2007
Four Seasons © 2007

Robert Schimke is a 74 year old retired Stanford Professor of Biology (American Cancer Society Research Professor of molecular biology/biochemistry) rendered severely paralyzed 12 years ago when struck by a car while riding his bicycle in the bike lane of a major thoroughfare. He was unable to continue life as a scientist.

Five years ago he had regained sufficient use of hands and arms to turn to art. “I exchanged my passion for science with a passion for art to fulfill my needs to be creative.” His limited ability to use hands and arms and his being confined to a power wheelchair has challenged Schimke to use imagination to overcome his limitations. His works (500 of them) use oils, acrylics, pastels, and latex paints in a variety of techniques to explore depth, shape, color, and movement. A predominant form employs various versions of drip art evolved from Jackson Pollack’s drip canvases. “I prefer abstract painting that requires effort on the part of the viewer. If you want a landscape, take a photograph!” “I work at art most every day, always thinking of new ways to bring structure, color and movement together. I am pleased and surprised, when others enjoy my art.”

For more art by Robert Schimke, click here.

Most works are for sale directly from the artists. For information, contact M. Grossman, Curator, at (650) 725-3622 or
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