Robert Solomon


Contact Information

r.rmsolo@verizon.net

716 N. Third Street Philadelphia, PA 19123

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Painting / Mixed Media

Abstract Diptychs

Quatrefoil Series

Gouache Wrapper Paintings

Broken Pattern Series

Fingertrees

Water Vase Series

Artist's Biography

Robert Solomon has furniture designs licensed to EuroPine, LTD, NJ. He has had numerous group shows and one person shows from 1975 til the present; works in private and corporate collections; articles in several publications; and is a participating member of the DaVinci Gallery. More of his recent encaustic works can be seen at SaatchiOnline.com.

Artist's Statement

My recent work is a continuing encounter with ideas, constructs, memory and time and the materials I work with.

Time spent in the studio and mitigating factor of accident help push my mental notes, napkin diagrams, and visual memory into the real world of tactile surfaces and physical objects.

The quatrefoil series, I began my inquiry into a familiar pattern design that reaches back to Rome and earlier. I have been experimenting many years with invented printing techniques that push schematic drawing and diagramming into pure painting. My tools are simple: jars and lids, my palette spare and familiar, earth pigment, clay, aniline dye, ink and chalk. By repeating the pattern over and over, the accretions, spills and layering take on a painterly reality while maintaining overall pattern structure. Of course, this pure method can become more complex and intuitive. Each medium presents its unique signature and variability on paper requiring a learning curve to gain creative control.

the fall is one of a group of encaustic and “constructed” paintings made between 2006 – 2008. The paintings rely on the property of wax to layer meaning, as well as compound the effects of light, coloring and translucency. My immediate subject was pattern making and symmetry, computer generated composition, implied motion and the incidence of accident. The paintings, quite naturally, take on their own direction, allowing the subtleties and richness of the surface to accrue.

Motion and emotion had been a concern of mine when I developed installation pieces in the late 1980’s that drew cohesion from a surreal mix of slowly rotating objects, recorded music, projection and the occasional gas lamp.

the fall takes its seed from a photograph of a late Gothic painting depicting The Descent and the position of Christ’s head to his angular torso. I constructed a painting of elements – sky, outline of head, gothic portal, canvas cutouts in a diagrammatic way. What I hoped to achieve was both silvery air and geometric play while retaining the original fascination with the subject.

My formal training is sculpture and design: painting on canvas is a relatively new endeavor, though I am never far from the simple forms and inverted objects and meanings that always delight me.

Selected Exhibitions

2013
eccentric geometries, Rowan University Art Gallery, Glassboro, NJ

2012 – 2013
Robert Solomon: Broken Patterns, Walton Center Gallery, George School, Newtown, PA

2012
Art of the State: Pennsylvania 2012, State Museum of Pennsylvania, Harrisburg, PA

23th Invitational Salon of Small Works, NAP, Kutztown, PA

Robert Solomon: Place and No Place and surface, water, rail, The Hall, Inliquid at the Crane Arts Building, Philadelphia, PA

2010
Works on Paper 2010, Perkins Art Center, Morristown, NJ
Juror’s Award

Art Connections 6, Montclair State University, Montclair, NJ
Juried Exhibition

2009
Inliquid’s 10th Anniversary @ URBN, The Gallery at 543, Philadelphia, PA

the (dark) show, StrataSphere Gallery, Philadelphia, PA

New Talent, Rosenfeld Gallery, Philadelphia, PA

COLOREVOLUTION: A Matter of Light, SAGE Projects, Philadelphia, PA

Purpose/Repurpose, SAGE Projects, Philadelphia, PA

Contemporary Voices: 69th Juried Exhibition, Woodmere Art Museum, Philadelphia, PA

2008
Art of the State: Pennsylvania 2008, The State Museum of Pennsylvania, Harrisburg, PA

Absolute Abstract 2008, Sketch Club, Philadelphia, PA

1984
Made in Philadelphia 6, Institute of Contemporary Art, Philadelphia, PA
(catalogue)

1980
Robert Solomon: “Sleepwalkers” (from Arthur Koestler), installation, Etage Gallery, Philadelphia, PA

1978
NEXUS & 14 Sculptors Gallery Exchange Show, 14 Sculptors Gallery, New York, NY

Rob Solomon: Nowhere Near the Rainbow, Nexus Foundation for Today’s Art, Philadelphia, PA

1976
Fifth Street Gallery, Wilmington, DE

1975
Perfect Circle Gallery, Philadelphia, PA
organized two person show

Painted Bride Art Center, Philadelphia, PA
organized two person show

Affiliations

2009 – present
Member, SAGE projects, Philadelphia, PA

1989 – 1991
Member, Furniture of the 20th Century, New York, NY

1978
Member, Old City Arts Association, Philadelphia, PA

1976 – 1980
Original member, Nexus Foundation for Today’s Art, Philadelphia, PA

Professional Experience
1991 – 1994
Roche Bobois, Philadelphia, PA
Furniture representation

1990 – 1992
EuroPine LTD, Pureland Industrial Park, NJ
License agreement and manufacture of furniture designs

1990
Founder, Quatrefoil Design Company

1989 – 1991
Member Furniture of the 20thc, New York, NY

Residencies
2013
Fellowship Grant, Vermont Studio Center, Johnson, VT

2012
Fellowship Grant, BAU Institute Otranto, Italy

Exhibitions Curated

2009
Co-curator, Personal Boundaries, SAGE projects, Philadelphia, PA

Education

University of California, Los Angeles, CA
Graduate program, Architecture

Tyler School of Art, Elkins Park, PA
Graduate program, Sculpture

Pennsylvania State University, University Park, PA
BA, Art and Design