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Robert Deyber’s art is full of surprises. Every canvas revels in the artist’s sense of humor, each painting a visual rendering of a clever turn on a common phrase. Despite his sense of fun, however, Robert Deyber is a seriously skilled painter. Robert Deyber moves in and out of visual themes and story lines. Compelled to create imagery where he uses a combination of highly stylized composition, light, and contrasting colors; his goal is to apply all three techniques skillfully, thereby drawing the viewer into his painting without overpowering or confusing.
What is remarkable about Deyber’s art is that he uses the traditional American landscape to say things that seem to have a certain urgency about them. This might be deceptive on his part, as he expresses these urgencies calmly and reflectively. Time is somewhat warped with him; we’re not sure if we’re in the past, present, or future. Then there is the rich humor one can’t get away from, even though the humor might come in the guise of a common phrase like the blunt matter-of-fact ‘spring chicken” a simple, splendid super-silly pun that becomes the painting Spring Chicken. In addition to having a sense of humor, Deyber’s paintings also speak to something else – a bounciness that characterizes our age, the health of the American psyche or even the resilience of the American spirit.
“Coming Out of Her Shell” is a depiction of the phrase that commonly means to open up or to become comfortable and friendly. In Deyber’s portrayal, the focus is on a small woman in a white dress peering out of her very oversized and rather jagged or serrated beige shell. Perhaps the shell is a representation of just how far the woman had let her insecurities or shyness envelop her, and how substantial the shell had grown in comparison. “Coming Out of Her Shell” is a 48 x 36 – inch acrylic on canvas.
Born and raised in Greenwich, Connecticut, Deyber began drawing at an early age. Art was a necessary means of escape from an otherwise difficult world, one in which he set his mind free to visit the most remote places—a wheat field in South Dakota, the dunes of the Gobi desert, the moons of Jupiter—all within easy reach for a very imaginative young boy. Throughout his paintings, Deyber moves in and out of visual themes and story lines. Compelled to create imagery where he uses a combination of highly stylized composition, light and contrasting colors, his goal is to apply all three skillfully, thereby drawing the viewer into his painting without overpowering or confusing.