John Schulz received his BFA from the University of Wisconsin Superior; did graduate work in drawing and painting University of Texas at San Antonio; and received an MFA from the University of Illinois Urbana Champaign. Schulz has taught at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago, Appalachian State University, Penland School of Crafts, and the Frans Masereel Centum, Belgium. He has recently exhibited at Virginia Arts of the Book Center, Charlottesville, VA; Edinburgh College of Art, UK; Academie Beeldende Kunsten, Gent, BE; and NK Gallery, Boston, and has been featured in recent group exhibitions at Glasgow Print Studio, UK; Boston Center for the Arts; John David Mooney Foundation, Chicago; Wellesley College; and Gallery Kayafas, Boston. His work is in the collections of the Boston Public Library (Rare Books & Manuscripts/Artists Books), Philadelphia Museum of Art, New York Public Library, Frans Masereel Centrum Flemish Center for the Graphic Arts and the Royal Museum of Fine Arts, Antwerp, Belgium.
Turning to cast-off images from books, magazines, comics, catalogs, and other printed detritus, John Schulz's work investigates and transforms common symbols and images from the "low" end of visual culture via chance operations, cut-ups, and an ironic visual language.
"I want my work to have a presence like furniture to which other meanings can be attached, to reveal aspects of the banal that are at once humorous, strangely beautiful and vaguely threatening. In the end, I hope to make something beautiful out of the insignificant. A reviewer once spoke of my paintings as "essentially leaden and humorless." I found that to be a quite sensitive observation and took it as a compliment."