Abstract / Synopsis
Michael Schultheis is an established artist and a formally-educated mathematician. In his practice the two disciplines are inextricably linked. His large-scale lyrical paintings at first glance seem to focus on the effects of light and atmospheres, representing cloudscapes or waterscapes in resonant color. Yet moving through these mists are decidedly mathematical references --- drawn geometric shapes and hand-written equations. These are employed by Schultheis to represent the physical world or to express feelings (or both). For example, he may examine the structure of a pine cone or reflect on human relationships or do both at the same time. The resulting works of art present a personal world understood conceptually through geometry and made tangible through paint.
Watkinson, P. G. "Mathematics in the Mind's Eye: Michael Schultheis Paints Poetic and Conceptual Geometries," Journal of Humanistic Mathematics, Volume 7 Issue 2 (July 2017), pages 259-268. DOI: 10.5642/jhummath.201702.12 . Available at: https://scholarship.claremont.edu/jhm/vol7/iss2/12