Robert Mars, ‘THE TRAIN, THE DRINKING AND THE DAWN’, Exhibit by Aberson

The Robert Mars 'THE TRAIN, THE DRINKING AND THE DAWN' is a brown, tan and black, figurative pop-art mixed media on panel piece that measures 40 x 50 and is priced at $15,000.

Robert Mars’ artwork chronicles an evolving fascination with the Golden Age of American popular culture and celebrates the icons of the 1950’s and 1960’s. His paintings evoke a vintage quality of design and pay homage to the idealized age of growth and hopefulness that was prevalent in the USA at the end of the Depression. At a time before the internet and mobile technology, where information was not instantly available to millions and there was no such thing as instant internet celebrities, Mars pays tribute to the people who lived as myths with unique, untouchable and unforgettable personalities.

Robert Mars’ artwork chronicles an evolving fascination with the Golden Age of American popular culture and celebrates the icons of the 1950’s and 60’s by taking inspiration from this culture long past. Through the application of a rich color palette and tongue-in-cheek attitude, Mars’ paintings evoke a vintage quality of design and pay homage to the idealized age of growth and hopefulness that was prevalent in the USA at the end of the Depression. A time before the internet and mobile technology, where information was not instantly available to millions and there was no such thing as instant internet celebrities, and instead people lived with the myth of the unique, untouchable and unforgettable personalities of Marilyn Monroe, Elizabeth Taylor, James Dean, Audrey Hepburn and Elvis Presley.

By merging his own concept of personal idols with those of mainstream culture, Mars is able to focus his work on a deeper analysis of the Golden Age of American personalities. As an artist, he has always been fascinated with 1950’s and 60’s culture, and his early work reflects many of the architectural and mechanical icons from this era. Muscle cars, motels, logos and hulking monuments to the “modern” feeling of the time permeate his early canvases. More recently however, Mars’ artwork has shifted toward the culture of celebrity and he is amazingly attuned to the fact that these instantly recognizable and larger-than-life personalities continue to resonate with contemporary American culture.

A graduate of Parsons School of Design in New York, Mars begins the creative process by preparing his surface with multiple layers of brown paper in order to define the edges and delineate the background planes of color. He then alternates layers of paint and vintage paper ephemera, sanding away portions of the layers as he works, revealing the desired portions of under painting with the overall intention to provide the viewer with a muted window into America’s past. Chronicling this fascination with 1950’s and 60’s iconography, Mars has produced a body of artwork from his studio in New York that celebrates the commonplace objects and icons of an America long past, in a thoroughly modern and exquisitely constructed manner. His eye for a distinct facet of American history is impeccable and his ability to manipulate the color and wordplay of vintage printed material has earned him reference with the likes of Andy Warhol, Robert Rauschenberg, and Richard Diebenkorn among other masters from the School of Pop. Robert Mars’ artwork is exhibited worldwide including museum collections in Munich, Tokyo, Amsterdam, London, Boston, New York, Los Angeles, Laguna Beach, Paris, Aspen and Naples.

His artwork was selected for the Absolut Vodka Blank campaign alongside DamienHirst, and his largest sized piece to date was acquired by Philip Morris/Altria for their corporate headquarters in Virginia. In 2015 Mars was chosen for the cover of Neiman Marcus’ May Book, while Coca­Cola purchased several existing works and ordered commissions for a world tour celebrating the 100 year anniversary of their trademark bottle shape, in which his artwork was spotlighted. 2016 will see Mars as a featured artist for a custom high end wallpaper and tile series with Kari Whitman Interiors. He will have a solo exhibition at the Evansville Museum of Art in Indiana, where he will also be an artist in residence and guest lecturer.

EDUCATION
Parsons School of Design, New York, NY

SOLO EXHIBITIONS

May 2016 “Days were golden” Evansville Museum, Evansville, IN

September 2015 “Boys are back in town” JoAnne Artman Gallery, Laguna Beach, CA

October 2014 “A Love supreme” The Harvey B Gantt Center, Charlotte, NC

September 2014 “Mars Attacks” JoAnne Artman Gallery, Laguna Beach, CA

May 2014 “A Love supreme” DTR Modern Gallery, New York, NY

March 2014 “A love affair” DTR Modern Gallery, Georgetown, Washington, DC

December 2012 “Captivated” Coral Springs Museum of Art, Coral Springs, FL

April 2012 “Stars and starlets” DTR Modern, New York, NY

October 2011 “American Idols” Galerie Bartoux, Honfleur, France

March 2011 “American Art” Museum Gallery of Modern Art, Sofia, Bulgaria

November 2010 “Lost and found” Gallery Brown, Los Angeles, CA

March 2010 “Chronicles of America” DTR Modern, Boston, MA

October 2009 “Ruins and relics” Peter Blake Gallery, Laguna Beach, CA

September 2009 “Notes from the road” Hubert Gallery, New York, NY

April 2009 “Diamonds and rust” Art Department Gallery, Atlanta, GA

July 2008 “Beauty in hindsight” Guestroom Gallery, Portland, OR

April 2008 “Fading trails” Hubert Gallery, New York, NY

February 2008 “Viva Lost Vegas” Peter Blake Gallery, Laguna Beach, CA

March 2007 “Gas, Food, Lodging” Kidder Smith Gallery, Boston, MA

ART FAIRS

December 2014 Context Art Basel, Miami, FL

Represented by Samuel Owen Gallery, Greenwich, CT

June 2013 Scope Basel, Basel, Switzerland

Represented by Vertes Modern, Zurich, Switzerland

June 2013 Scope Basel, Basel, Switzerland

December 2011 Art Basel, Miami FL

October 2009 Art London, London, England

October 2008 Affordable Art Fair, Amsterdam, Netherlands

SELECTED GROUP EXHIBITIONS

May 2016 “Effervescence” Coca-Cola Museum, Atlanta, GA

September 2015 “Mars and Devine” DTR Modern, Boston, MA

September 2014 “The art of cinema” DTR Modern, Boston, MA

April 2013 “Ted x PDX” Portland Museum of Art, Portland, OR

April 2012 “Year of the dragon” Compound Gallery, Portland, OR

March 2006 BraveArt 06, Vancouver, B.C.

July 2005 “Commons” Basefield Projects, Melbourne, Australia

April 2005 24Fifty Gallery, San Francisco, CA

February 2004 Modart, Munich, Germany

September 2003 “From the ground up” New Bedford Art Museum, New Bedford, MA August

2003 “What is Compound” Rocket Gallery, Tokyo, Japan

July 2003 “Into the void” Compound Gallery, Portland, OR

February 2003 Modart, Munich, Germany

CORPORATE AND PRIVATE COLLECTIONS
Coca-Cola, Neiman Marcus, Philip Morris/ Altria, Coral Springs Museum Of Art, Monopol Hotel St Moritz, Bank of America, Wells Fargo, Absolut Vodka, Oceania Cruise Lines, Microsoft, adidas, International Museum of Collage, Assemblage, and Construction, PRPS, Jeff Schaller, Jane Maxwell, Maria Contomina, ESPN X Games Division, Nike Communications, New Bedford Art Museum, Wade Ehrlich Design, Cherner Auto Group, United Legwear, Edward Belbruno, Elyse Walker, Jim Albaugh, New York Mets, Joshua Greenberg.

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Artist Studio

About Robert Mars

Robert Mars uses art to express nostalgia for a time before he was born. An artistic descendent of Andy Warhol and Robert Rauschenberg, he explores American Pop icons from Marilyn Monroe to Coca-Cola, packaging celebrities opposite brand names and advertising copy as though they were luxury objects. To create his work, he uses Xerox transfer to layer images and text pulled from his vast archive of vintage magazines—making photocopies and blowing them up to enhance their imperfections—and adds boldly colored paint and minimalist patterns, then distresses the image to further highlight the sense of a fading era. Mars finishes the works with a coat of resin, or by adding neon lights, imparting a glossy sheen to these memorials to desire.

American, b. 1969