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

Recent painting 2017 Robert Solomon

Landscape, architecture, pattern making and calligraphy are personal interests and to some extant have influence on my work. More immediate concerns are the daily practices in the studio, my tools and willingness to experiment and forego much of the conceptual underpinnings of earlier work. The diptych series uses the simple left and right structure to initiate a variety of entry points to painting. My first “rule” was to begin the painting of the right section, moving left and perhaps covering my finished work
and painting by memory the left section. I continue to paint right to left, natural to my left handedness, but may jump ahead to the left section and an all over approach. The diptych structure, painting flat on a table, heightens my awareness of body position, arm movement and gesture, mark making and speed. Two unique technical aspects of these paintings are tools and ground: tools using rope in addition to other implements and ground incorporating a modified plaster on canvas. The ground facilitates a high
degree of compatibility with my water based emulsions, pigment, dye and stain, better than paper. I believe technique is best left unspoken, much like a director not getting in the way of the narrative, allowing the visual experience to be completed by the viewer. These works are gestural, intuitive with the barest of preconceived subject matter.

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