Robert Strickland

15th Annual ARC Salon (2020-2021)

Robert Strickland

Canada

The figures in the urban landscape straddle both the strong traditions of realism and impressionism, while telling stories that are contemporary and relevant. Focusing on millennials and the vibrancy of current urban cultures through the lens of architecture, technology, fashion and people, I capture the here and now of American impressions. Social dynamics are rapidly changing and our identities continually evolving. My work documents moments in time, snapshots of our society, each sparking conversations surrounding multiple identities that co-exist in the 21st century. While paying homage to the deep and rich history of representational art, I step beyond capturing reality. Every brushstroke is a conscious thought that weaves together a narrative, revitalizing the very human element of storytelling (a tradition sparsely present in the mechanized artistic processes of the 21st century). These stories through my paintings give insight into another person, every painting is a study of the people around me. These works connect us to wider concepts of virtue, beauty, appreciation and acceptance. My art breathes new life into the representational art genre, not as an archaic style, but rather one that has a distinguished voice in today’s contemporary world.

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