American artist Robert Otto Epstein’s paintings catch your eye immediately. The characters he depicts are represented in the brightest of colours. His primary and neon palette choices using acrylic and pencil are offset with a deep dark black that dazzles.
For Robert’s latest show, at Boolean in New York, the self-taught artist expresses his interest in language and symbols. The subjects depicted are portraits based on the results of Google search images of Hollywood celebrities, fashion models and sports players.
Throughout Robert’s work, his subjects – whether portrait or pattern – are always depicted as flat interpretations, forming his own visual vocabulary. In the case of this series the approach reduces the facial features of his subjects into simple forms that make them almost unrecognisable from their celebrity status. The artist describes this approach as his own “linguistic biographies” of the subjects at hand.
Robert’s show at Volta will take place at Boolean, New York from March 1-5, 2017.
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