Robert Otto Epstein
Josh
2017

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Robert Otto Epstein's grid figures combine elements of his portraits and abstract paintings. Epstein first sources his portraits in Google searches of celebrities in fashion, sports and Hollywood. He then takes these images to Photoshop where he deconstructs the image by placing colorful squares over the existing model. Once completed, this transformed gridded model becomes an instructional map for his paintings. Epstein draws a grid by hand on his surface then paints each unit, square-by-square, row-by-row, bottom up the surface.
Epstein’s gridded portraits are humorously rendered quantifications pieced together with representational signals for a smile and a pose, and vibrant clothing built of the same coded system as the abstracted backgrounds his models pose in front of. Strategically placed units of color delineate what is rendered as figurative and nonrepresentational.


Robert Otto Epstein studied philosophy and political science at the University of Pittsburgh and law at the University of Durham in the UK.

He has shown widely in the US and Europe: The Hole (New York); The Drawing Center (New York); Morgan Lehman Gallery (New York); Geoffrey Young Gallery (Great Barrington, MA); Jeff Bailey Gallery (Hudson, NY); Jack Hanley Gallery (New York); Hionas Gallery, (New York); The University of Hawaii (Manoa); 99 Cent Plus (Brooklyn, NY); Mulherin + Pollard (New York); Harbor (New York, NY); Ada Gallery (Richmond, VA); Pierogi Gallery (Brooklyn); Outpost Artist Resources (Ridgewood, NY); Lorimoto (Ridgewood, NY); LIU Brooklyn (Brooklyn, NY); Voorkamer Gallery (Lier, Belgium); Kenise Barnes Fine Art (Larchmont, NY); Schema Projects (Brooklyn, NY).

Robert has been featured in a number of publications, including: The New York Times, VICE, ELLE Magazine, L Magazine, The Jealous Curator, Design Sponge, The Chronogram, The New Criterion, Brown Paper Bag, Pattern Pulp, Juxtapoz, Little Paper Planes, Make Space, Dwell Studio, Roll Magazine, and The Wild Magazine.

Epstein’s work is in the corporate collections of Facebook, The Big Human, and Fidelity Investments to name a few.

Epstein has curated a number of exhibitions in NYC. ROE currently lives and works just outside of New York City.

Details

  • Condition
    Excellent
  • Dimensions
    30 in. H x 24 in. W x 2 in. D
  • Seller Location
    Brooklyn, NY
  • Reference Number
    LU17222062933
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