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Smooth, Undulating Paintings by Dick Roberts

A painting of birds using deep blue and green tonesNight Birds, oil and mixed media on canvas

Featured artist Dick Roberts specializes in smooth, undulating paintings that toe the line between abstraction and figuration, landing somewhere in between. Originally from Durham, North Carolina, Dick has a background in science museum and aquarium exhibit design – experience that shines in his deep blue abstractions.


An abstract painting with a large area of negative spaceThe Conversation, oil and mixed media on canvas

A screen capture of Dick Robert's art

A number of the most recent works on Dick’s portfolio website are mixed-media paintings, in which the artist uses acrylic or oil paint along with enamels, collaged elements and other mixed materials. Elongated bird-like forms have been a common motif in the artist’s work, with many of these pieces featuring long, flowing brush marks that move across the surface of the painting, ending in an expressive beak-like figure with the suggestion of eyes. Other works use more tangible collaged elements, creating a conceptual effect.


Dick has also explored other media in his practice, including drawing, ceramics and collage.  His drawings are quite an interesting departure from his painted works, relying on almost abstract line art and large areas of negative space to produce something of a comic look. 


A collage depicting the face of a womanHumans 05, collage and mixed media on canvas

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Dallas Jeffs Art Writer

Dallas Jeffs is the Editor of Artist Run Website's blog. They hold a degree in Critical and Cultural Practices from Emily Carr University of Art and Design, as well as a certificate in Technical Writing from BCIT. Dallas has a passion for speaking and writing about art, and sharing that interest with others. In their studio practice they are an illustrator and budding tattoo artist, but they consider themselves a writer foremost. If you like art, books and culture with a science fiction twist, check out Dallas' personal blog, HappySpaceNoises or their art on Instagram.

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