Artist of the Week 19
Born and raised in coastal Alabama, Brad Robertson paints with a distinctive style that invites the mind to wander across the layers of color and texture as the eye might wander along the horizon, looking out across the water and into the depths of a Gulf Coast sunset.
Robertson aims to evoke the eternal, looking for innovative ways to combine color and texture to create multi-layered shorelines, endless horizons and seeming portals of bold color. A direct expression of the landscape he calls home, he views every piece as a part of him.
Brad Robertson has painted all his life. Born and raised in the coastal town of Mobile, Alabama, his earliest inspiration was the landscape- the indigenous pines and oak trees, and the waters of Mobile Bay. The coastal landscape is still a major source of inspiration for Robertson.
At Auburn University, Robertson spent time studying architecture and industrial design. During his time in college, an art professor created the foundation for what would eventually become Robertson’s career as a professional painter, encouraging his unique ability to work with color and texture to create depth, complexity and expressiveness.
Robertson earned his B.F.A. in Graphic Arts in 1999, leaving painting behind for a time, and moved to Atlanta to work as a full-time graphic artist at a production company. After a few years, he decided the structure and monotony of big-city life was not for him, and began to think of his roots in Alabama.
Robertson moved back to Alabama in 2002, lured back to the more relaxed coastal way of life. Since then, Robertson has become an award-winning artist with collectors throughout the United States.
Still based in Mobile, he is active in the local art community and says he cannot imagine doing anything else for a living. He considers good music an integral part of the artistic process and tries his hand at fishing in his spare time, though he admits he should probably stick to painting. In Mobile, Robertson maintains Robertson Gallery and continues to paint.
“My work starts with unanswered questions. I want my paintings to give the impression of looking out into the distance, but looking further than what’s in front of you.”
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To learn more about Brad Robertson, and view his expanded portfolio, visit his website: http://www.bradrobertson.com/#!/HOME