Texas-born, Manhattan-based artist Robert Santoré continues his series of monumental works “These Colors Taste Like Music: Opera Series” highlighting paintings and works on paper created by Santoré in 2021 and continuing through 2022.
Santoré introduces to the fore his distinct visual vocabulary of high impact visual gestures, complex colour systems, and allusions which brings into focus the incisive mind at the heart of Santoré’s multifarious pursuits through which he has mined a range of cultural, political, art historical, and fantastical subjects
Using brushwork, light, and balance, Santoré captures moments within his personal history. These works primarily originate from within themselves, oil paint, oil stick, military and industrial enamels on cotton rag mounted to Belgian linen.
These monumental and large scale compositions center on ethereal, gestural figures within the energy of expansive, disparate colour filled urban landscapes
While some appear more clearly, other figures are defined by lyrical swathes of paint suggesting a face, the outline of a body, intertwined within tidal flows of shoreline currents, the sounds of the city and the inner voice of the artist.
Robert purposefully leaves the origin, gender, and raison d’être of the forms within his paintings up to interpretation, allowing the viewer to step into his world, yet form their own reading of his work.The resulting powerful works vibrate with energy, emotion and movement both in nature and media.
60 x 80in (152.4 x 203.2cm) | Oil on paper
60 x 80in (152.4 x 203.2cm) | Oil on paper on Belgian linen
Each 40 x 55n (101.6 x 111.76cm) | Gouache on paper
48 x 72in (152.4 x 182.88cm) | Oil on wood panel with custom iron wood frame