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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.

Summer Breeze - 02/14/19.

Just finished this painting.

Bogenvilla's have always captured my attention since the first time I noticed them adorning the courtyards and shops on Worth Avenue in Palm Beach. They seem a fitting backdrop for my elegant sun worshiper as the smell of coconut oil wafts through the salty breeze coming off the ocean.

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