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Robert Shirk - Artist


My Neo-Pointillist 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.

See all my recient paintings and past work here.

"Rise And Shine" - 06/11/22

I just finished this painting of a sunflower called "Rise And Shine".

Sunflowers have a rich and long history in the cultures of both the East and West. From the Incas using sunflowers to symbolize their Sun God. To the ancient Chinese believing sunflowers radiated powers of immortality. In almost every culture the sunflower represents loyalty, adoration, happiness, optimism, honesty, longevity, peace, admiration, and devotion. It universally has the power to bring joy to people.

The Pointillist painters of the 1880's were interested in using dots to visually mix colors. This Neo-Pointillist painting of this sunflower is my latest example of that Pointillist technique of mixing colors. This painting has around 20,000 dots!

You can currently see this painting and others of mine at the Park Avenue Contemporary gallery in Winter Park, Florida. If you are in or around Winter Park sure to stop in and take a look.

Gallery: Park Avenue Contemporary
Web: https://www.parkavenuecontemporaryart.com/
Address: 348 Park Avenue South, Winter Park FL 32789
Phone: (407) 233-7305‬
Hours: Tue-Fri: 11am–7pm, Sat: 10am–8pm, Sun: 11am–6pm, Mon: Closed

Neo-Pointilist a sunflower

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I first encountered Robert’s art when I was searching for a new artist for my own gallery. I was instantly amazed at his ability to translate “dots” into paintings. The viewer’s proximity to Robert’s art plays a role in how his paintings are experienced. Bold, colorful composition from afar, yet when examined up close, an intricate network of dots, lines and shapes transform the piece. Each of his paintings beckon the viewer to keep returning to pick up a new thread in a continuing conversation with his work.

It is through his range of process, technique and perspective that makes Robert Shirk a serious artist.

Terry Jane England - Owner
Jane's Art Center
You can see more about the gallery here: www.janesartcenter.com

Robert Shirk’s dynamic paintings capture the beauty and sensuality of his subjects through a purposeful combination of adapted pointillism, optical illusions, and light play. A carefully orchestrated symphony of color in which layers of painted plexiglass work in cohesion to bring forth a compelling and visually dynamic image. The effect being, ethereally kinetic paintings with a distinctly sculptural quality and the illusion of movement as the viewer’s perspective changes.

Jessica Kennedy - Gallery Director
You can see more about the gallery here: gallery500.art