Taking Reference to the Poetic with Dale Roberts

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Taking Reference to the Poetic with Dale Roberts

480.00

Wednesday & Thursday
June 6 & 7
10am - 4pm

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Wednesday & Thursday
June 6 & 7
10am - 4pm

This workshop will address several possibilities and strategies for using references as a source of subject matter in encaustic painting. The tactile, almost visceral beauty and response to the encaustic medium is often an uneasy vehicle for translating various references into paint. The image of a painter happily confronting the subject, palette and brush in hand gives way to a cumbersome arrangement of hotplates, cords and essentially an unwieldy set-up. For some 35 years I have confronted this reality with each painting session, and during that time I have explored a wide range of approaches to the challenge. This class will focus on the process of opening possibilities in the presence of limitation. Highly personal and diverse methods are encouraged and celebrated as the search for moving expression in painting. The use of a variety of reference material will be the starting point for a lively visual dialogue with the goal of equipping the painter for future interaction with various subjects. Painting is ultimately concerned with using the “how” to communicate the “why “of visual pursuits. This search for “how and why” is the foundation for fruitful encounters for the artist and viewer of the finished painting.

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Dale O. Roberts was born in Waterville, New York in 1959. Roberts is a painter, working primarily in the encaustic medium for over 30 years with a significant portion of work carried out in gouache, graphite and a variety of other techniques. His work explores the painterly possibilities of representation with regard to urban landscape, still life and rural landscape. Roberts graduated cum laude with a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree in painting and drawing from Tyler School of Art in 1982. He has had numerous solo shows at the Rosenfeld gallery in Philadelphia PA, and is also represented by the following galleries: Blue Heron in Wellfleet MA, Marshall Lakae Gallery in Scottsdale AZ, and the 1261 Gallery in Denver CO. He has paintings in many public and private collections including Rutgers University Museum, Community College of Philadelphia Museum, The Wharton School of business, and Vanguard investment Group. Roberts currently lives and works in Norristown PA. Future representation in Philadelphia will be at Gross McCleaf Gallery.