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ROBERT WILSON: More chaotic but more colorful, too

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Robert Wilson: No longer known for just “black blobs.”

The best and biggest move this artist made in the last two years was to his roomy studio on South Columbia Street, where he works every day.

He’d been making do with a tidy corner of his East Wenatchee condo, but no more. This new space has made him much more productive, he said, allowing him to experiment with new media and to finally paint on five and six-foot canvases.

Here’s part of the November 2014 conversation with the artist.

Robert still consciously resists making representational art. In his new hometown, he’s met artists whose recognizable landscapes and still life paintings delight him, but he has never tried to match their realism.

His latest works are studies in pure non-representational form, mostly variations on black. They may be untypical for this area, but he knows the art community is flexible. “We grow our sense of appreciating art by valuing what we know but also reaching out a little more.”

He admits, “Right now I guess I’m known for my ‘black blobs.’”

New colors and new shapes are finding their way onto the canvas, and the current works on his walls are especially vibrant, with new accoutrements like thick gloss and even found objects.

As always, they are deliberately composed but wide-open to interpretation.

Robert believes that troubling situations in one’s life or in the world can be expressed through art as an active declaration, a positive force, and that these days particularly he “wrestles with unknown and unforeseen possibilities.”

His stance is a positive one: “My paintings have become larger and visually more chaotic. In one sense the chaos expresses a world falling apart, but it also foresees a world coming together in a new way.”

When you last read about him, his first show at the Graves Gallery was about to open; now he’s on its board of directors (as

well as on the board of Two Rivers Gallery). He’s also become a member of the Pybus Fine Arts Committee, and he envisions next hosting casual “art talks” in his Wenatchee studio with local painters and students.

Beyond our local borders, he’s active on a German arts website and has 2,000 followers on Twitter, where he posts paintings and facilitates commentary. He admits that “writing about art is like dancing about architecture,” but is willing to share his well-honed theories.

And those theories are never apart from the art. Every nuanced observation, every firmly held precept is on the canvas somewhere.

When asked about the pleasure he finds in making art, he replied in part: “An appreciation of beauty… can be forged, sharpened, focused and nudged, but it’s an internal sense of balance a person is born with… A sense of beauty originates in the fire you’re forged in. It’s a grace that is timeless. What drives me to paint is to express my sense of beauty in a sincere and unselfconscious way.”

Look once, look twice and keep looking at Robert’s bold (and now much bigger) expressionistic paintings and you’ll perceive his timeless grace.

See and learn more at www.rrwilsonart.com/ or robert@rrwilson.com.

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