Robert Kingston, ‘Dragonfly’, 2015, Dolby Chadwick Gallery

About Robert Kingston

Robert Kingston views his lyrical, abstract paintings as “meandering journeys.” “I look at my work as the piling-on of mistakes and hesitations,” he has said. Kingston began painting in the 1970s and 1980s, but likens his sensibility to that of the Paleolithic cave painters of Chauvet and Lascaux. He starts each painting by laying down a random mark on a primed canvas, which he then uses to build a composition through improvisation. The range of marks in Kingston’s visual vocabulary include scribbles, textures, and broadly applied fields of color. Though Kingston works primarily in acrylic, he occasionally employs graphite pencil and house paint.

American, b. 1955, Sungie Gerong, Indonesia, based in Los Angeles, California

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