Richard Roblin, ‘Limelight’, 2014, Marcia Rafelman Fine Arts

About Richard Roblin

Through his painting, self-taught artist Richard Roblin “engages with the magical resonates of color and form,” as he describes. Working either in acrylic or oil on canvas or paper, he begins his process by drawing a line or shape with color. From there, “everything that emerges is defined by that primary impulse which is like the leap of a dancer onto life’s stage,” he says. “Suddenly, the canvas begins to light up.” Roblin’s abstract style is greatly influenced by architecture, a field in which he is well-versed. This is particularly evident in “Wallseries”, a series of geometric paintings that simultaneously evoke Mark Rothko and Piet Mondrian, and in “Jewels of Perception”, a series he describes as “sculpted topographies” for their thick layers painted with a palette knife.

Canadian, b. 1940