FROM THE BENCH

Robert Striffolino

Robert Striffolino

 

The artwork in our Boulder studio is selected by Art Movement Colorado. Recently they hung some new pieces. I especially love the oil paintings by Robert Striffolino which is vibrant and nature inspired.

The affinity I have always felt toward Nature continues to fuel my creative drive. Painting continues to intrigue and impassion me providing new ways to stretch and grow. For this I am grateful. It has been a constant companion and certainly my major mode of expression throughout the years.

Literal subject matter has become less important, acting primarily as a vehicle for what I seek in painting. The real subject is the expression of emotion (aroused in me) and the spirit (of the subject). Exploring this through paint and surface in a formal context is what the painting is about. I believe a successfully executed painting must reach further, beyond the abstract or representational, into an intimate spirituality brought about by an individual way of seeing things. In that unique expression is something that relates to the “human experience” despite the passage of time. It is why one can look at a hundred year old painting and say “yes, I know this”. This has nothing to do with trends or commercialism and everything to do with Art.”

Striffolino Grass Study

Grass Study

 

Striffolino Autumn Dogwood, Study

Autumn Dogwood, Study

 

Striffolino Apple Blossoms II

Apple Blossoms II