Andrew Schoultz

United States 1975

Installation, Painting, Murals

Andrew Schoultz
Andrew Schoultz
United States
March 17, 2014

Perfectly capable of working indoors as well as outdoors, Andrew Schoultz is an American artist known for his densely layered artworks exploring patterns in history related to war, natural disasters, and globalization. Exceptionally detailed, his work manifests various social, political, and economical crises. Lacking overt references to any singular historical event, his oeuvre rather explores a collective unrest, pulling from disparate global affairs and histories such as the 2016 U.S Election, the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan, the rise of China as an economic giant, natural disasters, the pangs of the recession in the United States, to the fall of the Persian and Roman Empires. Although the artist’s themes are unequivocally universal, the work is instantly recognizable through Schoultz’s distinctive, illustrative style.

Andrew Schoultz new american angeles nature art project includes 2011 gold canvas paintings and collage
Andrew Schoultz – Floating Vessels (Blue Landscape), 2016 (Left) / The Shining Tree of the North Woods, 2016 (Right) – image courtesy of Joshua Liner Gallery

The Art of Andrew Schoultz

Drawing inspiration from graffiti, underground comics, the archaic illustrations of the Nuremberg Chronicle of 1492, German map-making, and Persian Miniatures to name a few, the artist’s work is profoundly chaotic both visually and thematically. Schoultz himself elaborated the themes of chaos and destruction that are dominating his practice: “Chaos and destruction are reoccurring themes in my work because I feel like these things are happening all around us constantly. Whether it is the multiple wars being fought all over the world, the natural disasters that seem to happen on a somewhat regular basis, the man-made environmental disasters that are becoming more and more prevalent, to the economic crisis that has been crushing this country’s poor and middle class for years. I feel like you really cannot talk about one of these things without talking about all of them, so it becomes a monster of a subject.”[1] He’s simply trying to depict what drives and motivates him, stating that his choice of themes does make him feel a bit self-defeated and admitting the desire for the existence of something else, thematically different but equally inspiring and motivating.

Andrew Schoultz latest museum exhibitions mark new museum art era
Andrew Schoultz – Weathered Flag (Gold Drip), 2016 – image courtesy of Joshua Liner Gallery

Murals and Installations

Schoultz has always been very interested in the idea of an open space, from painting murals in public and writing graffiti on walls, to utilizing public plazas for activities like skateboarding. The majority of his early works were outdoor-oriented, dwelling on a territory designated for graffiti, street art, and murals. As he admitted in an interview some almost a decade ago: “I also paint murals where ever I can, when I can.”[2] This approach hasn’t changed over years, it simply suffers from the lack of funding and appropriate walls. As for the most recent murals, Schoultz completed a project in Los Angeles’ Chinatown district in collaboration with Converse for their Blank Canvas Program in January 2016, and just several months later, in May, he traveled to the Philippines, where he completed a new mural for the ArtBCG Mural Festival in Manila. At 92 feet by 100 feet, the enormous wall is Schoultz’s largest public work to date. Most of his exhibitions feature large on-site installations, which often include sculptural components, thematically similar to the rest of the exhibited artworks.

Andrew Schoultz paintings and collage from 2011 are in mark museum in los angeles
Andrew Schoultz – Broken Pattern (Blue Tree), 2016 (Left) / Broken Pattern (Red Tree), 2016 (Center) / Broken Pattern (White Tree), 2016 (Right) – image courtesy of Joshua Liner Gallery

Settling in San Francisco and Living a DIY Life

Born in Milwaukee, WI, Andrew Schoultz roamed the US before settling in San Francisco in 1997. He received his BFA in Illustration from the Academy of Art University in San Francisco, CA. Speaking of himself and his personal inspirations, the artist states: “There have been many real-life events and experiences that have affected my work. I would definitely say just living a certain type of lifestyle for so many years has really shaped the person I am and has made me into the artist that I am. I have always subscribed to a more DIY ethos in life and this has really benefited me greatly in my path as an artist.”[3] Having recognized a cyclical course of a human history, Andrew Schoultz creates frenetic imagery coated in a distinctive visual style – altogether earning him a place in our list Top Ten Bay Artists You Need To Know.

Andrew Schoultz lives and works in San Francisco.


  1. Zio, Cyclical Nature: An Interview with Artist Andrew Schoultz, The Hundreds [November 28,2016]
  2. Pollock J., Andrew Schoultz Interview, fecalfacedotcom [November 28,2016]
  3. Zio, Ibidem

Featured image: Andrew Schoultz – portrait – image via
All other images courtesy of Joshua Liner Gallery

YearExhibition TitleGallery/MuseumSolo/Group
2017New WorksFort Wayne Museum of Art, Fort Wayne, INSolo
2016Age of EmpireJoshua Liner Gallery, New York, NYSolo
2015Cyclical NatureMark Moore Gallery, Los Angeles, CASolo
2015Vitality and Verve: Transforming the Urban LandscapeLong Beach Museum of Art, Long Beach, CAGroup
2015Art on PaperJoshua Liner Gallery, New York, NYGroup
2015That's My TripJoshua Liner Gallery, New York, NYGroup
2015Left Coast: California Political ArtThe James Gallery, New York, NYGroup
2015Invisible CollegeFort Wayne Museum of Art, Fort Wayne, INGroup
2015Blown to BitsHosfelt Gallery, San Francisco, CASolo
2015In BloomMark Moore Gallery, Los Angeles, CAGroup
2014Holding it Together: Collage, Montage, AssemblageHosfelt Gallery, San Francisco, CAGroup
2014PULSE Contemporary Art FairHosfelt Gallery, Miami, FLGroup
2014Andrew Schoultz: Broken OrderRuttkowski 68, Cologne, GermanySolo
2014Summer Mixer Group ShowJoshua Liner Gallery, New York, NYGroup
2014Miami Project Art FairJoshua Liner Gallery, Miami, FLGroup
2014Your Favorite Artist’s Favorite ArtistJoshua Liner Gallery, New York, NYGroup
2013Gold RushBentley Gallery, Phoenix, AZSolo
2013Andrew Schoultz to In ProcessMonterey Museum of Arts, CASolo
2013Solo Exhibition to Fall OutMark Moore Gallery, Culver City, CASolo
2013Solo ExhibitionIvory & Black, London, UKSolo
2013Art BrusselsPresented by Jerome Zodo Contemporary, Brussels, BEGroup
2013New WorkMorgan Lehman Gallery, New York, NYSolo
2012Destroyer (w/ Richard Colman)Cooper Cole Gallery, Toronto, CanadaSolo
2012Ex Uno PluraEric Firestone Gallery, East Hampton, NYSolo
2012UNDERVÆRKER - Mesterværker fra danske privatsamlingerKunsten, Aalborg, DenmarkGroup
2012Artists in Dialogue: Paul Klee and Andrew SchoultzMuseum of Modern Art, San FranciscoGroup
2012The Boneyard Project: Return Trip (curated by Eric Firestone, Carlo McCormick, & Viejas del Mercado)Pima Air and Space Museum, Tucson, AZGroup
2012Where My Cones At?Double Break, San Diego, CAGroup
2012City of Fire (curated by Arrested Motion)Stephen Webster, Beverly Hills, CAGroup
2012Gin & JuiceIvory & Black, London, EnglandGroup
2012Wonders-Masterpieces from a Private Collection in DenmarkThe Kunsten Museum, DenmarkGroup
2012To Be Announced. New works by Andrew Schoultz and Richard ColmanV1 Gallery, Copenhagen, DenmarkSolo
2012Juxtapoz Turns 18CoproGallery, Santa Monica, CAGroup
2011Nada Art FairLocust Projects, Miami, FloridaGroup
2011Art La Contemporarywith Jerome Zodo Contemporary, Milan, ItalyGroup
2011Paul Klee at SFMOMA – Contemporary Artists respond to Paul KleeSan Francisco Museum of Modern Art, San Francisco, CASolo
2011UnrestMorgan Lehman Gallery, New York, NYSolo
2011Ultrasonic VI: AppropriateMark Moore Gallery, Culver City, CAGroup
2011Burn in the U.S.A.Ars Now Seragiotto, Padua, ItalyGroup
2011Melt Down, December 9, 2010 – January 9, 2011Project Space Arkitip, Los AngelesSolo
2011Sea Change: The 10th Anniversary ExhibitionMarx & Zavattero, San Francisco, CAGroup
2010ZOOM, curated by Max PresneillThe Torrance Art Museum, Los Angeles, CAGroup
2010Default State NetworkRaid Projects, Los Angeles, CAGroup
2010Compound Eyes on the World: New Work by Andrew SchoultzMarx & Zavattero, New York, USASolo
2010Opening CeremonyMorgan Lehman Gallery, New York, NYGroup
2010Playboy Redux: Contemporary Artists Interpret the Iconic Playboy BunnyAndy Warhol Museum, Pittsburgh, PAGroup
2010AlbumV1 Gallery, Copenhagen, DenmarkGroup
2010Compound Eyes on the World: New Work by Andrew SchoultzMarx & Zavattero, San Francisco, CASolo
2010(ex)communicateJerome Zodo Contemporary, Milan, ItalyGroup
2010Plain AirCinders Gallery Brooklyn, NYGroup
2010Crisis - New work by Andrew SchoultzJerome Zodo Contemporary, Milan, ItalySolo
2009Chelsea Visits Havana, Havana, CubaGroup
2009New Ancient StructuresSpace 1026, Philadelphia, PASolo
2009Signs of the Apocalypse/RaptureHyde Park Art Center, Chicago, ILGroup
2009While the Glaciers Move and the Tides Change, Miracles Will Surely be WorkedV1 Gallery, Copenhagen, DenmarkSolo
2009Infinity, (Scion Installation), Los Angeles, CAGroup
2009Andrew Schoultz, Chris Ballantyne, Mark Mulroney: A CollaborationPark Life Gallery, San Francisco, CAGroup
2009Andrew SchoultzV1 Gallery, Copenhagen, DenmarkSolo
2009SuperfineMorgan Lehman Gallery, New York, NYGroup
2009White Noise and Silence: New Paintings and DrawingsV1 Gallery, Copenhagen, DenmarkSolo
2009White Noise and Silence: New Paintings and DrawingsRoberts & Tilton, Culver City, CASolo
2008In Chaos We Become the OceanMorgan Lehman Gallery, New York, NYSolo
2008The Destruction of Atlantis, curated by Jesper ElgUnion Gallery, London, EnglandGroup
2008Chaotic Balance on Well Built StructuresMAMA Showroom, Witte de Withstraat, Rotterdam, The NetherlandsSolo
2008MacrocosmRoberts & Tilton, Culver City, CAGroup
2008In Gods We TrusMarx & Zavattero, San Francisco, CASolo
20074 DrawingsDaniele Ugolini Contemporary, Florence, ItalyGroup
2007Koln Show 2, curated by Nicolaus Schaufhausen and Florian WaldvogelEuropean Kunsthalle and Linn Luhn, Cologne, GermanyGroup
2007Distinctive Messengers, curated by Simon Watson and Craig HensalaHouse of Campari, Los Angeles, CAGroup
2007Chaos and Power StructuresRoberts & Tilton, Los Angeles, CASolo
2007Chaotic Explosions of the EyeV-1 Gallery, Copenhagen, DenmarkSolo
2007Drawing Is a Fine ArtFlorida State University, Tallahassee, FLSolo
2007Mythology and the End of the World2nd Street Gallery, Richmond, VASolo
2007Common DenominatorWhitewall Gallery, San Francisco, CASolo
2007Running Around the PoolFlorida State University Museum, Tallahassee, FLGroup
2006New WorkMorgan Lehman Gallery, New York, NYSolo
2006Cataclysmic MayhemJonathan Levine Gallery, New York, NYSolo
2006Motivational BaggageBoston Center for the Arts, Boston, MASolo
2006Myths and MuralsAlva Gallery, New London, CTSolo
2006Between Mind and NatureBrattleboro Museum, Brattleboro, VTGroup
2006Small WorldsMcCaig Welles Gallery, Brooklyn, NYSolo
2006Casualties of CovenienceGiant Robot, Los Angeles, CASolo
2006War In the WorldHunterdon Museum of Art, Clinton, NJGroup
2006Loud and QuietTaylor de Cordoba, Los Angeles, CASolo
2006Neo PluralScion Installation, Los Angeles, CAGroup
2006Summer Group ShowTaylor de Cordoba, Los Angeles, CAGroup
2006High MathV1 Gallery, Copenhagen, DenmarkGroup
2006Cartoon NetworksRAID Projects, Los Angeles, CAGroup
2006Paradise PavedSun Valley Center for the Arts, Sun Valley, IDGroup
2005MayhemSouthern Exposure, San Francisco, CAGroup
2005Other PossibilitiesTrack 16, Santa Monica, CAGroup
2005Life Cycle AnalysisThe Intersection for the Arts, San Francisco, CAGroup
2005Oracles and RuminationsSara Nightingale Gallery, Watermill, NYSolo
2005Paintings & DrawingsSan Francisco City Hall, Office of Ross Mikarimi, San Francisco, CASolo
2004Comics StrippedDi Rosa Nature Preserve, Napa, CAGroup
2004Carpe CrasBlack Market Gallery, Culver City, CASolo
2004LinescapesBucheon Gallery, San Francisco, CASolo
2004Work …EthicSpace Gallery, Portland, MESolo
2003Super HeroNew Image Art, Los Angeles, CAGroup
2003Hip Hop NationYerba Buena Center for the Arts, San Francisco, CAGroup
2003Sama-Sama/You’re WelcomeIntersection for the Arts, San Francisco, CAGroup
2003UndanganVia Via Café, Jogjakarta, IndonesiaGroup
2003I Dart SFNew Langton Arts, San Francisco, CAGroup
2003Gestalt509 Culture Center, San Francisco, CAGroup
2003Wall PaintingsTrack 16, Santa Monica, CASolo
2003The Artwork of Andrew SchoultzAnd Gallery, St. Paul, MNSolo
2003Andrew SchoultzThe Detroit Contemporary, Detroit, MISolo
2003So ExquisiteSouthern Exposure, San Francisco, CAGroup