Portland, Oregon

Political Paintings, Drawings, and Caricatures

Schmertzler is a master story teller. He boils our tmes and its events into a comprehensive whole that exposes the players and illuminates the connections between them. He follows his own interests but is also open to make commissioned works for your home, office or publications that illustrate suggested subject matter. Artwork is available for exhibition and sale.


NRA Madhouse
On view from Oct. 5- Nov. 2, 2014 At Concordia University's "Art Gets Political" exhibition.
Reception : October 5, 2:00 - 4:00 2800 NE Liberty, Portland, Oregon

In the multifigured paintings with complicated compositions, the action takes place where food, drink, and social gala activities are likely to unfold with dance, music, movement and social drama. He frequently paints himself into the scene but as the distant viewer observing with anticipation and stoic empiricism, to create a bit of humor as the straight guy who doesn't fully engage in what is happening and/or even his disdain for it. Allen Schmertzler has a point of view and he isn't afraid to visually voice it.


The Book, Occupied By Politics, 2012, is now available for purchase.

Included are 100 pages printed in premium color with approximately 90 hand painted caricatures of public figures who made news in the 2012 election cycle; over 25 pages of sketches (renderings artists rarely disclose but which reveal the creative process); and commentary about each painting connecting the people, events, and stories of this historical election. It is a great gift and you will want to add one to your personal collection.  Irreverent, regardless of one's position on the political spectrum it is bound to cause a cacophony of reactions. 

Occupied By Politics, 2012 is $30. Shipping: Add $5 per copy.
Mail check to 2132 SW Altadina Court, Portland, OR 97219. 
Please include mailing and email addresses. When your order ships I will email confirmation that the book is on its way. 
Signed and/or personalized copies are available upon request. 

November 2014 -- Art Gets Political, Concordia University, Portland, Oregon

2011American Art Award winner. See winners here, Second (humorous), Fourth, Fifth and Sixth (political commentary)

Artist Haven Gallery, "International Fine Art Painting Competition",, Ft. Lauderdale, Florida 2011
Best in Category (see here) (Figurative/People/Portraits)

Publications & Videos

See video of Allen Schmertzler talking about his award winning paintings, here.

Contemporary Painters by Danijela Kracun and Charles McFadden. Schmertzler is one of 100 artists featured in this coffee table book.

Cover illustration
Road to Sunrise, Olivia Beck, AuthorHouse, 2011

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