“In our moment of history, the painter who grinds his own pigment from minerals is making a gesture of self-definition. It is a gesture of dissent from mass-production, as is painting altogether. And one of Schar’s greatest strengths is his independence and power as a colorist.
Similarly, Redon’s late-nineteenth century flower paintings are a last bloom of the natural accord between human beings and the biosphere, but here is the same fascination and intimacy of those pictures in the flower paintings of Ilya Schar. It’s as if these great moments in European painting, prior to the Second and the First World Wars respectively, were reborn in the work of an original new painter.”
~ Jamey Hecht, New York Arts Magazine.