JUNE – SEPTEMBER 2017
Born in Hartford, Connecticut (USA). He comes from a family of painters, both parents being professionally involved in artistic activities. He began his art studies at Hartford Art School (Connecticut), continuing in the Swain School of Design (Massachusetts), where he got a bachelor’s degree in Fine Arts in 1970, the artist David Smith being his teacher. Finally, he got a master’s in Fine Arts at Maryland Institute (Baltimore), in 1972. There, he studied with Grace Hardigan, who was part of the New York School (abstract expressionism), although his artistic orientation developed in other directions later.
1976 Wellfleet (USA). Betty Polak Gallery.
1977 Almuñecar. Galería Sexi.
1979 Almuñecar. Caja General.
1980 Granada. Colegio Mayor San Bartolomé y Santiago.
1986 Granada. La Mancha Chica.
1993 Farmington (USA). Samovar Gallery.
1998 Granada. Corrala de Santiago.
2000 Úbeda. Galería de Exposiciones de la Caja General de Granada.
2001 Granada, Centro Cultural Fundación Caja de Granada.
2003 Órgiva, Galería La Manzanilla.
2004 Granada, Corrala de Santiago.
2006 Granada, Carmen de la Victoria.
2009 Granada, Sala Aliatar.
2010 Granada, Bodega 3MMM.
2011 Granada, Corrala de Santiago.
2012 Granada, Sala Aliatar.
2014 Granada, Hospital General Virgen de la Nieves.
1972 Mystic (USA), Mystic Art League.
1973 Guilford (USA). Guilford Art League.
1974 Harwich Port (USA). Shore Studios.
1975 Orleans (USA). Orleans Art Gallery.
1982 Granada. Caja Rural.
1990 Amsterdam (Holanda). Galerie KIS.
1991 Utrecht (Holanda). Kunstmarkt, St.Janskerk.
1994 Fairfield (USA). The Gallery.
1995 Granada. Artesa.
1996 Granada. Artesur, Galería Artesa.
1997 Fairfield (USA), The Gallery.
2002 Utrecht (Holanda), Galerie Belleza.
2003 Alabama (USA), Whitney Davidson Gallery.
Play of light and dark
The paintings of Paul Roberts that make up this exhibition reflect different themes and pictorial motifs: ranging from country landscape to still life, from Granada’s squares and markets to groups of bathers. If we had to find a common denominator of all of them, this could be light. The light that shines on bodies, tree branches, flowers and fruit stalls, on the scenes of life that the artist recreates so admirably in his canvases. Colours – and even flavours that are suggested in the still lifes – are an expression of light, which permeates everything and radiates harmony and peace.
The play of light and dark in these works represent the effort of its author to build, through art, an ideal world, that of peaceful everyday life that is expressed by the figures in them. It is here where light seems to be placed outside measurable time, in the form of an image that, as an evocation, creates a moment in the reality of memory. Nevertheless, when we look at them attentively, we can see how its lights and shadows tell us much more, they show us, for example, the season of the year and even the time they were painted at. They transport us to a space full of diverse lights, all of them possessed of their own time.
Each one of these paintings carries within itself a complex universe, which is waiting to be discovered by the attentive eye. This is the miracle that painting offers us. In Paul Roberts’s brushes, through light and shade, this miracle is created every day, that of the evocation of an eternal instant, which defies the course of a lifetime, the brevity of people and things. When someone stops to look at one of these paintings and stands in front of it as if there were nothing else around, they can understand the greatness of art, as a genuine manifestation of the aspiration of human beings to offer the world beauty and hope.
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