Artist Inspiration: Michael Schultheis {Stories Told in Calculus}


Starting today, Winston Wächter Fine Art Seattle welcomes
Bouquets, Luminaries, Menageries Stories told in Calculus,

the sixth solo exhibition with painter Michael Schultheis,

who translates the language of mathematics in a

remarkable way.


He solves for beauty.


I’m mesmerized by the work in part,
since I tutored math for years.

I am no math whiz.
It’s words not calculus I’m wired for.

The secret of my success in helping math students improve
came not from my ease with geometry but from the
resultant advantages of struggling with it.

Who doesn’t long to be joined in a struggle?

Connecting right-brain students with left-brain
concepts with creativity, abstraction, and
loving compassion was my challenge.


Michael’s process is
Analytical Expressionism
(the conceptual rendering of geometry
through the elegant and eloquent visual language
of mathematics), and the work becomes accessible
as he translates human behavior,
relationships, and situations mathematically.

He explains the speed at which we live our lives
in terms of dynamics, measures, and radius.



Before dedicating himself to painting on
canvases, he formulated his ideas on
chalkboards at Cornell University
and whiteboards at Microsoft.

Schultheis now uses geometric models to
tell a story about what is going on in his life.


He says his hero Archimedes (who gave us the gift
of infinitesimals) informs all the math in his paintings.





His work can be found in the collections of
*Tacoma Art Museum, Tacoma, WA
*United States Embassy, Athens, Greece and Bern, Switzerland
*The Mathematical Association of America, Washington DC

Exhibitions of his works have been held at
*The Howard Hughes Institute in Chevy Chase, MD
*The National Academies of Sciences in Washington, D.C.


Live anywhere near Seattle? It’s easy to do the math!
See the opening reception for
Bouquets, Luminaries, Menageries Stories
 told in Calculus
Winston Wächter Fine Art Seattle
Thursday, November 3, 6 – 8 pm,
when the artist will be in attendance.

The exhibit with Michael Schultheis
is open through December 23, 2016.

Ever seen mathematics and painting converge like this before?

Peace to you right where you are.




  1. November 4, 2016 / 5:34 pm

    Beautiful pieces of art.
    And inperson I am so sure breathtaking on so many levels.
    Math never looked so beautiful.


    • November 19, 2016 / 2:36 am

      right? let's go to seattle for the exhibition! xox

  2. November 4, 2016 / 8:58 pm

    Such talent! Thanks for sharing this beautiful work, Michele. Have a great weekend!

    • November 19, 2016 / 2:37 am

      i love going deeper and exploring an artist's process and story! xox

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