At 81, Howard Schoor has had too many life acts to assign a number to this one. Schoor is a self-taught originator, existing apart from the art world establishment. His Trianglist works are unsullied. His medium is acrylic paint, spackling paste and markers on canvas.
Howard Schoor is a classically trained and licensed professional engineer. He built and led one of the nation’s largest regional engineering firms from 1967 to 1992. He worked with the triangle daily. Today, the triangle remains the focus of his art conscious. His Trianglist works evidence his love of architecture, forms, angles and shapes, and his belief that “less can be more.”
An artist and creator for more than three decades, Schoor began seriously showing his art in 2016. Since then, he has built a body of work and has inspired many with his story. After a successful showing at Artexpo New York, in 2018, Howard exhibited his work to a private group of 150 of Asbury Park, New Jersey’s artists, collectors, and invited guests. They came to The Asbury Hotel in support of Howard’s happy art movement.
I am a self-taught originator of abstract geometric art done with acrylic paint and/or gesso or spackling paste (for texture and depth) and markers on canvas.
Classically trained and previously a licensed Professional Engineer, I built and led (from 1967 – 1992) one of America’s largest engineering firms. In the pre-Cadd days, the triangle, which I now utilize as a symbol of recognition for my art, was a key tool in creating engineering drawings used to build roads, sewers, water systems, land development, and the like.
During my time as an engineer, I became a fan of and a serious collector of abstract contemporary art. My favorite artists were and still are: Frank Stella, Sarah Morris, Robert Ryman, Jeff Koons, Mark Rothko, and David Hockney. Their work have had a tremendous influence on the choices I made as an artist.
More than six decades ago, Frank Stella gave minimalism its great line, “What you see, is what you see”. With my art, I express my love of architecture, forms, angles, curves, and shapes. Most of my work uses shapes and vibrant colors with the simplicity of Robert Ryman’s textures and depth. My line of “It is what it is” is reflective of the similar thoughts indicated above by Frank Stella. (Just using my name in the same paragraph with Frank Stella’s makes me feel good!)
For several years now, I have observed and talked to many who have looked at or purchased my art, and almost uniformly, when looking at my art, one can observe a smile on their face. Appropriately, I now refer to my art as “Happy Art”. This has become my barometer, “If my art makes you smile, it pleases me and reflects that my art has value”.
Remember being a kid looking at art? We didn’t know how to evaluate the visual. As unsophisticated as we were, we enjoyed the colors and shapes with no further expectation. We saw art purely. It was either bright and colorful or it was dark and foreboding. It made us happy, or it made us sad. If it made us happy, we simply enjoyed it and it was enough.
Today, more than one year after the coronavirus impacted the world, there has never been a better time to enjoy my “Happy Art”.
Born in Staten Island, NY; lives and works in Jupiter, FL, Asbury Park, NJ, and Bethel, NY.
1961 BS in Civil Engineering, Lafayette College, Easton, PA
1962 Grad Work, NY University
Licensed Professional Engineer, Land Surveyor, and Planner
2021 Montserrat Contemporary Art Gallery, NYC
2021 Bungalounge, Pier Village, Long Branch, NJ
2021 Hotel Tides, Asbury Park, NJ
2020 Bungalounge, Pier Village, Long Branch, NJ
2019 Pop-Up Gallery/Artnership with Bell Works, Holmdel, NJ
2018 Pop-Up Art Exhibit, The Lofts, Pier Village,Long Branch, NJ
2018 Pop-Up Art Exhibit, The Cambridge Club, Aberdeen, NJ
2018 Pop-Up Art Exhibit, One Thousand Museum for Ferrari of Central Jersey, Edison, NJ
2018 Introduction of Howard Schoor, Artist, Asbury Hotel, Asbury Park, NJ
2019 Artist Residency, Parlor Gallery, Asbury Park, NJ
2019 LightSpaceTime.art abstract art online art gallery, Mixed Up
2018 Art Expo NY, NYC
2019 LightSpaceTime Abstract Art Exhibition Special Merit Award Winner, Mixed Up
2021 Gallery and Studio Arts Journal, NY, A Spotlight Shining on Schoor, Anne Rudder, August 2021
2021 IGTV Live Caravan NYC Spill the Tea Claudine DeSola Interview with Howard Schoor, August 2021
2021 YouTube Caravan Road Trip interview with Howard Schoor by filmmaker, Thomas Concordia, August 2021
2021 Jersey Shore Scene, Hotel Tides proudly presents Howard Schoor “It’s A Schoor” Reception and Art Exhibit, June 2021
2021 YouTube Montserrat Contemporary Art Gallery, NYC, Produced by Montserrat Contemporary Art Gallery, June 3, 2021
2021 Industry Magazine, Power Player Howard Schoor, Jessica Jones Gorman, May 30, 2021
2019 Lafayette College News, The Engineer Artist, Bryan Hay, August 20, 2019
2019 Says Me Says Mom, Where-To-Go Wednesday – Howard Schoor Art’s Popup Gallery, Jeryl M., July 31, 2019
2019 TriCity News, Howard Schoor in Artnership at Holmdel’s Bell Works, Michelle Gladden, June 20, 2019
2019 CentralJersey.com, Howard Schoor “Artnership” at Bell Works May 15 – July 31, April 30, 2019
2019 94.3 The Point, Another Reason to visit Bell Works in Holmdel, Liz Jeressi, April 22, 2019
2018 Jersey Shore Scene, Meet Abstract Artist Howard Schoor, Tracey Hall, October 4, 2018
2018 The Journal, Howard Schoor: From Collector to Creator, August 3, 2018
2018 TriCity News, Trianglist Howard Schoor begins Parlor Gallery residency on Saturday, Michelle Gladden, July 25, 2018
2018 Central Jersey’s Guide to the Arts and Entertainment, Defining a Trianglist, An Introduction to Howard Schoor’s Art, July 2, 2018
2018 Blasting News, Interview by Meagan Meehan and Video by Milos Kitanovic, May 18, 2018
2018 Industry Magazine, Home & Design Gamut Guide, March/April 2018
2017 Staten Island Advance, When it comes to the Atlas Dinner, there’s definitely strength in numbers, Charles De Biase, Jr., November 16, 2017
2017 The Coaster, Trianglist Artist, 78, Launches Online Gallery, November 2, 2017
2017 Industry Magazine, 3 Sides Now, Gilda Rogers, October 6, 2017
2017 Asbury Park Sun, American Heart Association Survivor Ambassador shares his story, September 30, 2017
2017 The Coaster, City Man with Sextuple Heart Bypass to Lead Heart Walk October 1, September 27, 2017
2017 Forked River Gazette, Local Heart Disease Survivor shares story to support heart walk in Asbury Park, September 7, 2017
Schoor completed a five-week artist residency (the first of its kind) at Asbury Park’s Parlor Gallery. A mainstay in New Jersey’s art community, Parlor Gallery features original work by breakout and established, internationally collected artists.
Howard Schoor was born and raised in Staten Island, New York. He made New Jersey his home until a decade ago, when he established his Florida residence. Today, Howard lives and creates in Jupiter, Florida, Bethel, New York and Asbury Park, New Jersey. His artwork is available through the online gallery.
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