Twenty-four months which globally impacted the lives of every person on the planet.
“It was an incredibly challenging and uncertain time. I felt a constant state of urgency through mandated isolation.
Ironically, alone months on end at the ranch, was fruitful and healing.”
Robert Santoré introduces a selection of new works made since the onset of the global corona virus pandemic.
Using oil stick on cotton rag paper, the artist has here updated the visual language of his established “Tavarua Kava Jazz” series, in which deceptively crude archetypal figures express the fundamental joys, movement and simultaneously the tensions and traumas that course through contemporary life.
Santorés “Tavarua Kava Jazz” series has been characterized by figures rubbed into the pictorial surface in a kind of drawing through erasure, whereas his new COVID Chaos employ only the direct application of oil paint, oil stick over intense colour in-studio produced gouache on cotton rag mounted to Belgian linen.
The repeated motif in his new works suggest both the ongoing context of global instability and our new reality.
Robert Santoré joins a cadre of influential contemporary American artists whose work employs a wide range of media to explore themes of art history, individual and shared cultural identities, personal narratives, literature, philosophy, materiality, and critical history.
2021 © 100in" x 176in" (254cm x 447.04cm")
Hand painted oil, oil stick, industrial and military enamels on 100% acid free cotton rag paper mounted on the finest Belgian linen.
From $2,800 to $12,800
24 months which impaced the lives of every person on the planet. The results of local to global shutdown produced in the texas and Manhattan studios.