Image above is from Gallery 2 on this web site - An as yet untitled work-in-progress; acrylic and gesso on canvas; 20.3 x 20 cm; 2018.
Robert (Rob) Andrews is a Brisbane-based Australian artist who creates two-dimensional works (paintings, drawings, mixed media pieces) and three-dimensional sculptural assemblages, mostly made from found and/or recycled objects. Rob experiments with a range of styles, approaches and techniques, with series of works alternating between abstraction and more direct forms of representation. Symbolism is occasionally used, and the boundaries between styles and approaches are also explored. Illusionistic space is evident, regardless of whether works are abstract or figurative – space is implied partly through an emphasis on both the physical act of painting (e.g. gestural marks) and the paint's material qualities. This mix of approaches and techniques is used to explore genres and subjects that include landscape, environmental issues, Still Life, and forms of portraiture. Themes explored in the works include presence and absence; duality and unity; alienation and belonging; abstraction, representation and meaning; identity, place and memory; self and psyche.
Rob’s abstract and semi-abstract paintings and sculptural assemblages are made in response to structural, textural and spatial aspects of landscape, particularly the built environment and the boundaries it shares with the natural world. Memory, place, and the passage of time are explored and implied in these works, partly through emphasising the material quality of the media used, and through the use of layering and scraping back. These works hint at the spaces within and between things in the 'real' world (interstices). Many of the works also challenge 'the aesthetic of flatness' usually associated with abstraction in visual art.
Rob has studied art at tertiary level, and has over 20 years of experience as an art tutor and as a workshop facilitator.
Current work: two main approaches - one involves making figurative paintings and mixed media pieces in which representation, abstraction and symbolism are used to explore ideas about self, the psyche, identity, duality, memory, place, disconnection and/or alienation. Start your search for these types of works by going to Galleries 1, 4, 5, 6 and 19 on this web site.
The other approach involves making abstract and semi-abstract paintings and sculptural assemblages that are responses to structural, textural and spatial aspects of landscape and/or the built environment. The roles of memory, place, and the passage of time are explored and implied in these works, partly through emphasising the material quality of the media used, and through the use of layering. Some of these works are also inspired by the spaces within and between things in the 'real' world. In a broader sense, these works deal with the theme of abstraction, representation and meaning. Many of the paintings in this style challenge the Modernist aesthetic value concerning 'flatness' by appearing flat, but having sculptural elements attached to their surfaces, or by containing painted sections that suggest form (3-D qualities). The resulting spatial ambiguities are therefore reminiscent of real life. Start your search for these types of works by going to Galleries 2 and 3 on this web site. Also see Galleries 13, 15, 16, 17 and 18 for earlier examples of abstract and/or semi-abstract works.
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