Hamlett Dobbins’s abstract canvases reference life’s emotionally charged, incommunicable moments through geometric shapes and deep jewel tones. “There are times when we are gripped with a whole-body pleasure, a spine thrill of delight when time seems to slow and we are hyper-present,” the artist has said. “I am trying to understand what it is about these extraordinary experiences of real life moments.” The Memphis-based artist traces his obsession with structure, texture, and play to his love of Lego as a child. Since 2002, interpersonal relationships have inspired Dobbins’s untitled paintings. He was awarded the Rome Prize in 2013, which brought him to the American Academy in Rome for a year’s study.