Robert Standish is a Los Angeles based painter who for many years has been abstracting reality through photorealistic paintings of seemingly everyday snapshots of real life. Most recently, Standish shifted away from constructing life-like replicas of the world to delving deeper into the unconscious and new psychological depths.
Works of Robert Standish have been exhibited at the Los Angeles County Museum of Art, Santa Monica Museum of Art, and Frederic R. Weisman Art Foundation. This fall his work “Falls“ was chosen to be featured at the prestigious Frederic R. Weisman Art Museum, Pepperdine University, as part of the “It’s All Black and White” exhibition on view from August 27th – December 8th, 2019.
"Falls" is displayed alongside works of Ed Ruscha, Andy Warhol, Robert Rauschenberg, Jasper Jones, and John Baldessari. "Falls" was first displayed at the Weisman Foundation in 2015. It was also exhibited at Carnegie Museum of Art in 2018, as part of an exhibition curated by the head of the Weisman Foundation.
The “It’s all black and White” exhibition Features works by some of the most sought-after contemporary artists in the US, and it is testament to Robert Standish fluency in Abstract Expressionism which was strongly influenced by his interest in cosmology, topography and psychological theory.
Standish uses a wet-on-wet technique, applying thick curls and rippling lines of enamel and oil paint on top of one another with a palette knife, smearing and blending contrasting colors in an immediate and unbounded gesture. His organic process explores the emotive effects of color, shape, and texture. Standish’s paintings represent the powerful symbolization of cosmic infinity and a “world within a world.”
With an interest in metaphysics and theology, Standish uses basic elements like line, color, and texture, to represent the dynamism, constancy, and transcendent flow of the universe. There are no finite borders or endings in his works as every stroke bleeds into one another in an eternal unbroken chain that seems to extend far beyond any conceivable edge of the canvas. Standish taps into a universal and organic language as his traces begin to take on the shape of fractal patterns, earth frequencies, and biorhythmic waves. As he once manipulated the real into the un-real, Standish now transforms the natural into the supernatural.
Visit the Frederick R. Weisman Museum, at Peperdine Univerisity in Los Angeles to view “Falls”, and visit a Martin Lawrence Gallery near you to find out more about his art and take the opportunity to add his artwork to your permanent collection.