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Texas 1998
Shifting between abstraction and figuration, the composition of this painting appears to be based around a bull’s skull, with its horns distinctly identifiable towards the top of the canvas. However, geometric forms take over from the figurative to suggest a target, with a black bulls-eye in the centre. The muted colours and purple background also remove any direct association with cattle. For Scheibitz, text and language are important, therefore the title is significant. With ‘Texas’ in mind this work could be seen as an abstract representation of the State’s role as the centre of the U.S. cattle industry and its association with the image of a cowboy. The colour scheme also calls to mind the colours of the American flag.

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Abstract art

Art in which there is no attempt to represent anything existing in the world, particularly used of the 20th century onwards. ‘Abstraction’ refers to the process of making images that may in part derive from the visible world but which are reduced to basic formal elements.


The arrangement of different elements in a work of art.

Figurative art

A general term for art that refers to the real, visible world, used more specifically for the representation of the human figure.

Abstract art, Composition, Figurative art


  • Acc. No. GMA 4843
  • Medium Oil on canvas
  • Size 80.00 x 60.00 cm
  • Credit From the Contemporary Art Society Gift Scheme (From the Tom Bendhem Collection) 2007