Hollywood Western Aesthetic: Art by Robert W. H. McCoy
Robert W. H. McCoy creates incredibly detailed still-life paintings, often depicting items with a Hollywood Western aesthetic. Born in Colorado Springs, Robert was exposed to his family’s background on the Oregon Trail growing up, a history which informs his current practice.
I’m really impressed by the works on display in Robert’s portfolio. The artist has developed a very distinct style that seems to combine the compositional style of classical Vanitas and still life with an eye for contemporary history and the American frontier. Technically, each painting is masterfully executed, showcasing Robert’s eye for lighting and volume, and his ability to render a range of different textures with great accuracy.
Each of Robert’s paintings is unique, but there’s a definite sense of cohesion throughout his entire portfolio. In his recent works, warm, earthy browns and orange tones are used heavily to play off of textural combinations of wood, leather, and clay. Small moments and highlights of bright color or smooth, white bone serve to center the eye and ground the image.