Come Together - Outtakes of photos of Beatles from sketch I made on advertisement from Tiffany & co.
To start, tell us about yourself. What’s your background & how did you get into making art?
I was a little precocious as a very young boy but it was science that set my mind free- astronomy, chemistry, electricity and later much later physics. I remember copying the cover from “Old Man and the Sea”. As soon as 17, my first semester at Penn State, it hit me like a brick: Marat/Sade 3 times watched in one week, Arts400 twice taken until the professor said go out there and do something. I was incredibly high the night I came home from Sculpture studio at 8PM and was so happy. My first show in Philadelphia where I met many interesting people. But art is not easy by any means. I ran away from it time after time. knowing you achieved something you couldn’t top. My installation and automatic theater “Sleepwalkers” where I achieved the difficult task of making people laugh and cry. Anyway, I am a painter and it is lonely and people don’t always understand you and getting good at intuition still leaves you blindsided.
"the Rabbi... together apart"
What are you currently working on? Describe your most recent body of work.
My most recent body of work “culture/Kultur/Kunst”: “come together”, Sicilian lemons, “the Rabbi… together apart” are paintings that deal with memory, material in a literal sense, cultural artifacts, and so on. I forgot photography and fashion.
Robert Solomon studio, 2019
Robert Solomon, work in progress, 2019
Where do you go to discover new work or find inspiration?
I walk around sometimes do a little dance, listen to music.
Is your process project based or do you take a broad approach to your practice?
I now take a very broad appoach, no more rule based stuff from “Quatrefoil” on.
What is a typical studio day like for you?
Disorganized at first, I must keep my balance, remember where things are , use whatever I have.
Robert Solomon, 2019
What methods do you find most productive in promoting your work?
Do you have upcoming shows or events you would like to share?
I have my first NY show at The Panting Center in September, hopefully, a show at Stockton State U. where I get to talk about my work up to and including “tree in the meadow”/”bush with sky”.
Where can readers go to learn more about you and your work (website, social media, etc)
on my website “robertmsolomon.com; Artsy; Inliquid.com; The Painting Center NY.
Robert Solomon, artist and designer, was born and raised in Philadelphia, PA, where he lives and works. He was recently shortlisted for The Hopper Prize. To learn more about the artist: