September 1 – October 2,
Friday, September 1, 2017
EARLY NATIVE AMERICANS: RECOVERING THE SOUL
Robert Stephen Moore is a creative, pop-art, impressionist painter whose work focuses on a unique and colorful view of the familiar. His vivid acrylic paintings offer slices of primary colors applied strategically, though approximately, often giving a realistic, portrait-like feel.
The show examines the concept of soul theft of native Americans, prevalent in superstitions and stories communicated over the years. It seeks to determine if a soul was, in fact, stolen in the form of black and white photographic process, can the soul be recovered through re-imagining the subject through a process of colorizing, advanced image processing and classical artistic rendition techniques. Further, does following through this process, recover a little bit more of the soul each time it is done? The works exhibited are the first steps towards understanding both the concept of soul theft and recovery.
Drawing upon a wide variety of inspirational life and work experiences, Robert takes us on a tour of his “Boomer” view of the world. Working in traditional genres such as portraiture, still life and landscape, his paintings are inspired by images coming from memories and photographs of the culture, economics and politics of his childhood, growing up in the ’60s and ’70s, and his current experiences living on his farm in New Hampshire and other world travels.
Robert’s background and education is in the scientific side of Geography, particularly Cartography and satellite image processing. In the early 1970’s, he was one of the first users of sophisticated computer modeling software for developing remotely-sensed satellite maps. He worked for over 30years as a consultant and entrepreneur, developing computerized mapping systems and databases, and was utilizing newly created computer color/image processing to accomplish this work. Geography is all about space, and the map is a way to represent the texture of the human condition. These are manifested as lines,shapes, values, colors and forms. Robert reaches deep into his experience with computer graphics and image processing to help him visualize the subjects he paints. He experiments with image/color density slicing, quantization and generalization, arriving at a color palette that uniquely defines what he paints. He sometimes adds a sculpted surface to his canvas that provides depth and the feeling of extreme impasto, as well as the look of painting on a plaster wall.
Robert works daily in his seaside home studio in Stuart, Florida and an apartment in Buenos Aires, Argentina in the winter and, as chores permit, on his farm in New Hampshire in the summer.