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Robert Shirk - Artist


My figurative paintings are created on multiple sheets of layered plexiglass. Each sheet of clear plexiglass contains a part of the final image. The effect creates a 3 dimensional kinetic painting that moves and changes as the viewer’s perspective changes.

I’ve been influenced by the 1960’s optical and kinetic art of Israeli artist Yaacov Agam. Also the French Pointillist painters of the 1880’s, American photorealist painter Chuck Close, and the dramatic lighting of Dutch master Rembrandt van Ryan.

My aesthetic focus is to create an image of drama, beauty and sensuality. Not just with the subject matter, but with the composition, materials and application of color. An image that is fun to view with unexpected surprises.

I love watching the dance and delight of the viewers eyes wile discovering the movement, harmony and depth created by layer upon layer of images in my paintings. I am constantly reinventing the way I create images. Always searching for a playful bridge between the 3 dimensions of sculpture, and the 2 dimensions of painting.

See all my recient paintings and past work here in the Gallery.

First Place Award! - 12/02/18.

Beaux Arts 57 Members Show 2018

I am so honored to have my painting 'The Goddess of Youth - Hebe' win first place in the Beaux Arts 57 Members Show. I was so excited to be excepted into the membership of this prestigious organization earlier this year. But to win this award, well I'm speechless.

I want to give special thanks to a few people that helped me through the process of creating this painting. Their advice and insight was, and is invaluable: Lillian Verkins, Peter Cerreta, Boris Douglas Garbe, Dr. Carmen McGuinness, Vickie Wilson, Dominic DaSylva.

Congratulations to Melissa Hosfelt Mason for her 'Best in Show' painting: 'End of the Rainbow', and to the other winners as well.

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