Robert Lebsack, ‘The Old Familiar Places’, 2015, Artspace Warehouse

Robert Lebsack creates artworks using mixed media with ink, acrylic and charcoal on archival copies of newspaper or sheet music. His work tends to focus on social and cultural issues using bits and pieces of headlines, articles and ads as the background. The viewer can use their own interpretation and random image word association to bring meaning to each individual piece.

Lebsack’s artworks tell us stories about ourselves. They have a remarkable ability to filter our dreams and aspirations while visualizing edgy, half-buried perceptions troubling us about the world around us. Many of his paintings express courage and offer a form of and engagement with our continually shifting surroundings.

His imagery is hand drawn with great detail. Robert’s artworks extend from the front onto all sides, adding a visual impact from every angle.

This artwork is wired and ready to hang. The sides of the artwork are painted as a continuation of the front, and it does not require framing. A certificate of authenticity and hanging hardware is included.

2004 Bachelor of Fine Arts, Illustration, Cal State University, Long Beach
2003 - 2005 Apprenticeship, Joseph Giri Fine Art Studio, Long Beach, CA

Solo Exhibitions
2011 Rrated Studio, Long Beach, CA
2011 Main Street Studio, Los Angeles, CA
2010 Between the Lines, 4th Street Vine, Long Beach, CA
2010 Boulevard 3, Los Angeles, CA
2009 The Times, Peace Gallery, Los Angeles, CA
2009 Sipology Coffee & Gallery, Long Beach, CA
2008 Salon Medusa Bixby Knolls, Long Beach, CA

Group Exhibitions
2014 Red Dot Art Fair, Miami, FL
2013 Artspace Warehouse, Los Angeles, CA
2011 Canceptual, Crewest Gallery, Downtown LA
2011 Dreams on Canvas, Circle of Care Foundation, Westlake Village, CA
2011 Love/Hate, Picture This Gallery, Long Beach, CA
2010 Out from Underground, Edgeware Gallery, San Diego, CA
2010 Dreams on Canvas, Circle of Care Foundation, Westlake Village, CA
2010 Annual Frida Kahlo Exhibit, Picture This Gallery, Long Beach, CA
2010 Up: Rising Artists, Subspace Art, Culver City, CA
2010 Chili & Haiti Earthquakes Relief Charity Art Show, Picture This Gallery, Long Beach, CA
2010 Emerging L.A. Artists, Daydream Republic, Los Angeles, CA
2009 AIDS Benefit Art Auction, Sipology Coffee & Gallery, Long Beach, CA
2009 Gallery 016 Group Exhibit, The Brewery Arts Colony, Los Angeles
2008 New Poison, White Peacock Gallery, Los Angeles, CA
2008 Artist Showcase, Evocal, Costa Mesa, CA
2008 Works on Paper, Long Beach Arts Gallery, Long Beach, CA
2007 Code Blue, Art Murmur Gallery, Los Angeles, CA.
2007 Art of Decadence Charity Auction for Gallery Row, Oviatt Penthouse, Los Angeles, CA
2007 Across the Board, KGB Gallery, Los Angeles, CA
2007 Art of Change, Blue Nile Lounge, Long Beach, CA
2006 Drawn, Art Murmur Gallery, Los Angeles, CA
2006 America, Are We Drowning?, Art Murmur Gallery, Los Angeles, CA
2005 The Duel, Seams Gallery, Long Beach, CA
2004 Perceptions of Our President, Koo’s Gallery, Long Beach CA

Signature: Signed on the back

About Robert Lebsack

Robert Lebsack’s mixed-media paintings layers human subjects and landscapes in ink, acrylic, and charcoal atop fragments of headlines, articles, and advertising from newspapers. With the newspaper providing the social and cultural background (literally and figuratively), Lebsack uses the confrontations between his subjects and a surreal and inscrutable landscape to address various crises of contemporary society, such as materialism, nuclear proliferation, waste, loneliness, and isolation. The newspaper fragments often are juxtaposed seemingly at random, challenging the viewer to read the bits and form their own interpretation and free word association. Lebsack also has a very active practice as a large-scale public muralist.

American, b. 1980, Mather, CA, USA