Drawing inspiration from a variety of sources including literature, the environment, and relationships, Robert Nairn creates layered, textural abstracts with a blend of bright colors and earthy neutrals. The variety of shapes and geometries that appear in these works give the paintings a great sense of depth.
I find Robert’s method of organizing his works in his portfolio to be quite interesting. He groups his paintings by subject matter, or more accurately, concept – seeing as most of the works are heavily abstract. This results in an interesting experience for the viewer, where we are left to discern the connections between these paintings rather than having it be obvious.
Robert’s painting style seems to oscillate between a number of distinct appearances – he has paintings built out of dark but voluminous shapes that snake across the canvas, clean paintings with splashes of color and neutral negative space, and paintings built on bright colors and hard-lined geometric forms. Each is an interesting take on someone cryptic subject matter.