Robert Solomon
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I live and work in Philadelphia, PA. Among many things that influence my work are Chinese landscape painting, calligraphy, decoration and pattern. Stylized motifs, found diagrams and photographs are used to begin the painting process. The work displayed is from the “quatrefoil”, “forest-life” and “calligraphic expressionist” paintings produced in the past few years. The “quatrefoil” pieces illustrate a hybrid printing/painting method: overprinting a pattern until painting becomes dominant. Over time, reliance on conceptual problem solving has become less important allowing more freedom for intuition and movement. Photography and reexamining details of past work serves as an entry point to new directions: in the “light pool” studies, a photograph is a found object rendered into abstraction with gold leaf and gouache. A special alchemy develops over time in the studio methods and materials drawing me deeper into painting. The conceptual methodology dominant in my early installations and performances remain in my memory and heart.

My formal art education includes undergraduate work at Pennsylvania State University and Graduate Architecture at University of California, Los Angeles and Graduate Sculpture at Tyler School of Art, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.

I was an original member of Nexus Gallery, Philadelphia, PA 1975-1980. I have exhibited my work over the years in commercial galleries, public institutions, regional art centers and group and one person exhibitions. My curated shows include "a random walk, pathways into abstraction" at Rowan University Gallery 2013 and "Personal Boundaries" Sage Projects, Philadelphia 2009. "Accumulations" a retrospective show at Lawrence Gallery, Rosemont College, 2014 was followed by "red cap or the book of olives", an installation based on folktales and landscape, at The Grand Opera House in Wilmington, DE. My creative pursuits in 2015 were divided between studio work and directing a collaborative dance adaptation of "Red Riding Hood". This effort was performed at Neighborhood House, Christ Church, Philadelphia, May 2015.

My interest in design in the 1990's led to my furniture being shown at Roche Bobois, Philadelphia and a licensing agreement with Euro-

Pine, LTD, NJ. I was a member of the art-industry gallery Furniture of the 20thC, NYC, 1989-1991.

My art residency experience includes Vermont Studio Center, spring 2013 and Bau Institute, Otranto, Italy 2012. I recently participated in the Director's Fellowship workshop at La MaMa, Spoleto, Italy, spring 2015.