Seufert Art

302 S. Olds Blvd., Fairless Hills, PA 19030
phone: 215-547-6547

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Robert's Unique Technique

In 1964, at age 16, Robert J. Seufert was fortunate enough to meet an artist by the name of Ronald Keyes.  Ron worked in and taught "exclusively" the painting knife technique.  Ron's lessons emphasized a rapid, loose style with this unusual instrument.  Since that time, Robert has worked hard to master and perfect this tool, using his own artistic abilities to develop his own unique technique.

     Working in a very slow deliberate fashion, Mr. Seufert crafts each painting with consistent attention to light, color and form.  What is the real hallmark of Mr. Seufert's style is his meticulous use of the tip of the knife to dab or stipple paint onto the canvas to create trees, shrubs, rock textures, etc.  This painstaking process has its advantages in that small areas have a very rich look through the use of multi-color applications.  The only drawback to this technique is the amount of time required to complete even a small canvas.  Robert chooses to overlook this aspect of his style favoring instead the special, personalized look he achieves.  Very few artists work to any great degree with the painting knife, choosing to use the conventional brush.

     This technique is very similar to that used by French painter Georges Seurat (1859 - 1891), who used a brush to achieve his innovative technique of pointillism.

     Mr. Seufert basically uses a variation of one style of painting knife.  The shape of the blade resembles an arrowhead and varies from approximately one to three inches in length. (see picture)  With this tool paint can be mixed on the palette in the same fashion as a palette knife but more importantly can be applied directly to the canvas. Large flat or gradated areas can be achieved by spreading paint onto the canvas in a sweeping motion with the knife's edge held diagonally to the painting surface.  Soft blending of colors can be achieved with practice.  Fine lines are established by holding the knife's edge perpendicular to the canvas and pulling the knife downward.

     From a distance and when reproduced in magazines or on a postcard Robert's work almost looks photographic but when viewed from life, up close, the "impressionistic" style is apparent.  Thus, the term "photo-impressionistic" applies solely to Robert J. Seufert's oils, in that he is indeed the premiere draftsman of this "Unique Technique".


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