Robert Solomon


Contact Information

r.rmsolo@verizon.net

http://www.robertmsolomon.com/

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

I have come to the practice of painting from a broad educational and experiential background – drawing, design, sculpture, architecture; installation and performative projects. My artistic painting practice is rooted in process, materiality, and experimentation, and my paintings often cross the boundaries into (or spring out of) printmaking and photography methods. Over the years, I have found that while my interests and influences remain relatively consistent, it is the means through which my materials (such as but not limited to: water based emulsions, pigment, dye, modified plaster, stain, rope) function –both singularly and together –that keeps my work in a constant state of flux and evolution, which I find to be lively, freeing, and guided by intuition. Materiality guides me consciously, while my interests guide me subconsciously.

Landscape, architecture, calligraphy, and pattern-making are examples of influences which cause my paintings to oscillate between the organic and geometric. These dichotomies are the most consistent aspects of my work over time, but I don’t pursue them consciously.Instead, as I work, I experiment with materials both new and old to my process, I create rules which I inevitably break due to the nature of my materials. My recent work is gestural with the barest of preconceived subject matter. The diptych paintings use a format that encourages a heightened awareness of orientation and movement: the right and left sections must somehow be reconciled to my physical handedness.I believe technique is important but a secondary concern to the finished work, much like a director not getting in the way of the narrative, allowing the visual experience to be completed in the mind of the viewer.

One particularly personal insight was revealed on a director’s symposium with LA Mama, Italy in 2015: a random movement exercise was internalized as a link between physical movement and content when painting in the studio. I started to explore left panel, right panel formats as a means to challenge my handedness, symmetry and memory. Naturally, any technique can become mannered with time and skill and so I try not to get too attached to any “signature” style. Another important dynamic helps to keep me on edge-the push and pull to be descriptive. I’m good at the intersection between abstraction and figuration and when there’s a story I want it told by paint and color, subjectively. I work from degraded photocopies and pencil sketches of things I find interesting and mundane on leisurely walks. This can make it easier to interpret “reality” into an abstract analog.

Selected Exhibitions

Solo
2016
Forest Life, Bahdeebahdu, Philadelphia, PA

2014
Accumulations, Lawrence Gallery, Rosemont College, Bryn Mawr, PA

Red Cap or the Book of Olives, installation, Grand Opera House, Wilmington, DE

2012
Robert Solomon: Broken Patterns, Anderson and Walton Galleries, George School, Newtown, PA

Robert Solomon: Place and No Place and Surface, Water, Rail, The Hall, InLiquid at the Crane Arts Building, Philadelphia, PA

1978
Robert Solomon: Nowhere Near the Rainbow, Nexus Foundation for Today's Art, Philadelphia, PA

Group
2018
Mutual Aid, members of The Painting Center, NY at Visiting Artist Gallery, Kent State University, Kent, OH
10/1 - 10/26

Inside-Out, InLiquid Gallery, Philadelphia, PA
4/12 - 5/5

Light and Language, InLiquid at Park Towne Place, Philadelphia, PA
5/9 - 8/31

2017
Connotations, Da Vinci Art Alliance, Philadelphia, PA
Juror: Gerard Silva

February New Members Group Show, Center for Emerging Visual Artists, Philadelphia, PA

Group Show, Murano Lobby by InLiquid, Philadelphia, PA

2016
Moonlight, URBN, The Gallery at 543, Philadelphia, PA

Sage Reunion Group Show, Blam Projects, Brooklyn, NY

2013
A Random Walk, Rowan University Art Gallery, Glassboro, NJ

2012
23rd Invitational Salon of Small Works, NAP, Kutztown, PA

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

2010
Works on Paper 2010, Perkins Art Center, Morristown, NJ
Received Jury Award

Art Connections 6, Montclair State University, Montclair, NJ

2009
InLiquid's 10th Anniversary @ URB, 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
41st Annual 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

"where white at night" "pier/peer", installation and performance, Old City Arts Organization, Philadelphia, PA

1976
Group Show, 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

2019
Received fiscal sponsorship through Fractured Atlas for screenplay, "The Idiot" (Dostoevsky). 

2017 - present
Member, The Painting Center, New York, NY

Member, Center for Emerging Visual Artists, Philadelphia, PA

2015 - present
Member, InLiquid Art + Design, Philadelphia, PA

2014
Founder and Artistic Director, "Advocates for Public Art"
Support group to help emerging and established artists seek funding for public art projects; self-initiate collaborative public art or site specific projects
Fiscal Sponsor: Fractured Atlas

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

2015
Artistic Director for RRH Project, a dance/music adaptation of a fairy tale
Christ Church, Philadelphia, PA

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

2015
Directors Workshop Residency, La MaMa, Spoleto, Italy

2013
Fellowship Grant, Vermont Studio Center, Johnson, VT

2012
Fellowship Grant, BAU Institute Otranto, Italy

Exhibitions Curated

2013
A Random Walk, Rowan University Art Gallery, Glassboro, NJ

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

Education

1980 - present
Fleisher Art Memorial, Philadelphia, PA
Ongoing courses in drawing, figurative painting

1980 - 1992
Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Art, Philadelphia, PA
Ongoing coursework in printmaking, drawing, alla prima painting

1978 - 1979
Tyler School of Art, Elkins Park, PA
Graduate program, Sculpture

1971 - 1972
University of California, Los Angeles, CA
Graduate program, Architecture

1967 - 1971
Pennsylvania State University, University Park, PA
BA, Art and Design