Lost Art Salon is a San Francisco-based gallery that specializes in the rediscovery of historically significant artists and the curation of fine art collections reflecting the major styles and movements of the Modern Era. Open to the public, the gallerys showroom offers over 5,000 paintings, drawings, prints, photographs and objects from the late 19th Century through the present, with a strong emphasis on 20th Century Modernism.
My works are created using various forms of printmaking (hand-painted monoprints in water-based paints on archival paper), painting and collage. In 2015 I began working on larger pieces with a combination of common house paint and other mixed media - combining lessons I have learned in my printmaking practice with traditional oil painting techniques. I often use found antique papers, vintage books and other ephemera in my work. I think my most successful pieces combine simplicity and the Japanese concept of "wabi sabi" (finding beauty in imperfection).
The pieces I presented in my most recent show, "This Is What Artists Look Like", explore my love for images of artists themselves. These pieces include images of artists in their studios; working with their materials; and using their own figure as the subject. They include some of my most loved 20th Century creatives: Jean Cocteau (1889-1963), Helen Frankenthaler (1928-2011), Dorothea Lange (1895-1965), Isamu Noguchi (1904-1988), Nicolas de Stael (1914-1955) and others. With each piece I tried to capture some aspect of their image, art or story that makes them an enduring subject of interest to me.
Each new piece begins with either a sketch or an idea about colors. And it always comes from a direct experience with the real world. My stone-inspired pieces began with a drawing I made of an arrangement of fallen rocks I encountered high up in the Andes of Peru - an act of nature had created a perfect composition. And that fascination has continued with my exploration of the Northern California coast.
I am enamored with ideas, objects, stories and people from the past. I've been very impacted by the Bloomsbury Group - a small circle of artists and writers from the early part of the 20th Century in London. They believed in making as much as they could themselves (textiles, furniture, ceramics, fine art) and valued the gifts of friendship - especially between men and women - which was rare in those days.
I feel very privileged to live and have my art studio in the NOPA neighborhood of San Francisco. The dramatic clash of nature (water, hills, constantly changing weather) with urban forms (architecture, the angles of the streets) delights my eyes.
My works can be found here, at Lost Art Salon and at Serena and Lily.
Collectors Include: Nate Berkus Interiors, Tom Ford, Ken Fulk Interiors, Jay Jeffers Interiors, and Orlando Diaz Azcuy Interiors.
* Beginning in Summer of 2014, Rob's work can be viewed on display in Banana Republic stores worldwide. His work can also be seen on the HBO series "Looking", the upcoming Netflix series "Sense8" and Grace and Frankie, and the 2010 Clint Eastwood film "Hereafter".