Robert Szot

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    Szot approaches his paintings without preconceived notions or strict plans – he follows the work where it takes him, choosing to let color and composition inform him as opposed to bringing information to the work. There is a clear rigor to his methodologies, with obvious evidence of searching combined with a willingness to destabilize, utilizing risk and chaos to reach sometimes elusive conclusions. He chooses colors intuitively, ignoring traditional tenets of color theory and more academic approaches to making art – the result is work that surprises, energizes, and transcends. Compositions come together to form images both harmonious and intrinsically moving, rewarding the viewer with a story that unfolds slowly in more personal and lasting ways. Combining variety with clear authorship the artist’s goal is one of deep story telling through communication in a visual language shared commonly among us The works on paper follow, to a large extent, the same processes. Study of color and line, the smudged pastel, and the ink, allows a rare and intimate closeness between viewer, artist, and object. Taken together, the new body of paintings and mixed media paperworks form a major exhibition that highlights the achievements of an artist dedicated to his craft, one diligently moving forward with purpose albiet often into the unknown.
    Szot (b. 1976) has exhibited his work in many galleries across the United States from New York to Los Angeles and Texas. Szot’s paintings have been exhibited in the Saatchi Gallery in London and, in 2014, the artist was invited to participate in the Whitney Museum Art Party. His work is in public collections, including Credit Suisse, and numerous private collections, such as Beth DeWoody and the Bass Family. The artist currently lives and works in both Los Angeles, CA and Brooklyn, NY.


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