Beyond the Canvas: Exploring the Intersection of Art and Existentialism

Art has always been a medium of expression for people, a way to convey their emotions, beliefs, and ideas to the world. Art is an integral part of society, and it plays a significant role in shaping culture. Theodore Shinkle, Co-Artist & Co-Founder of Schinkel Fine Art, understands this sentiment well and works tirelessly to create art that connects with people and resonates with their souls.

Theodore Shinkle’s passion for art and its ability to move people led him to co-found Schinkel Fine Art with his mother, Linda Shinkle, in 2010. Linda and Theodore, a mother-son duo, explore the concept of existential existence as a means of unlocking potential. Together, they have created award-winning artworks that have been published multiple times in national and international media outlets, including USA Today, A&E Documentary, and The Wall Street Journal.

Theodore Shinkle’s dedication to the art world is not limited to his work with Schinkel Fine Art. He is also the President & Co-Founder of Conceptions Connect, a 501(c)(3) charity that aims to provide artists with resources, community support, and opportunities to showcase their work. Through Conceptions Connect, Theodore works to create a thriving arts community that encourages and inspires artists to pursue their passions.

Before co-founding Schinkel Fine Art, Theodore worked in the film industry in Los Angeles, Dallas, Atlanta, and Detroit. During his time in the film industry, Theodore discovered the power of art as a means of communication and self-expression. He realized that art could transcend language barriers and connect people from different cultures and backgrounds.

Theodore’s art studies include FAMU, Charles University Prague Czech Republic, College for Creative Studies in Detroit, and the Ox-Bow School of Art Residency in Saugatuck, MI. His Bachelor’s degree in Cinema and Economics from Denison University in Granville, OH, has also helped him to understand the business side of the art world.

Schinkel Fine Art takes its name from the most prominent late 18th to mid-19th century German artist, Karl Friedrich Schinkel, who is a familial ancestor of Linda and Theodore. The duo’s love and admiration for Schinkel’s work were influenced by their attendance at the first USA Exhibition of Karl’s work at the Chicago Institute of Art in Chicago, IL. Prior to that time, Schinkel’s work was not accessible to the public, residing behind the Iron Curtain.

Schinkel Fine Art’s success is a testament to Theodore’s dedication to the arts, his understanding of the business side of the industry, and his passion for creating artworks that resonate with people. Their artworks are sought after by individuals, businesses, hospitals, schools, and museums alike.

In recognition of their contribution to the arts, Linda and Theodore have received numerous awards, including the Lincoln Award for Best of Show at the Beverly Hills Art Show, Beverly Hills, CA. They were also selected as sole artists by The Carr Center to design and create a yearlong collaborative installation in Harmonie Park, Detroit, MI.

Theodore Shinkle is an artist, entrepreneur, and philanthropist who is making a significant impact in the art world. His dedication to the arts, his commitment to supporting and promoting artists through Conceptions Connect, and his ability to create artworks that connect with people make him a valuable member of the art community. Schinkel Fine Art is a testament to Theodore’s passion and dedication, and his work continues to inspire and move people around the world.

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