The conceptual framework for this series of paintings began during the intense political, social, and environmental climate of 2016. These paintings explore the destabilized and uncertain reality of our times by combining disjointed images and painterly vocabularies. They often include animals as subjects in ambiguous and morphing environments. The combination of animal imagery with abstract shapes and unusual colors alludes to the problematic relationship that forms between natural and constructed worlds. These artworks are simultaneously playful in execution and unsettling in their implications.
On a formal level, these paintings explore the arbitrary divisions between representation and abstraction. A single work may include various degrees of resolution and construction of illusionistic space. Crude drawings stand adjacent to polished and rendered imagery, creating a jarring and even theatrical quality. I derive inspiration from both traditional painting and contemporary artists who push the capabilities of the medium. These artists include Ruprecht Von Kaufmann, Julie Heffernan, Matthias Weischer, and David Schnell. I strive to build formal and conceptual juxtapositions that will develop into new possibilities for interpretation and reflection.
My name is Robin Hextrum and I am an Assistant Professor of Visual Art at Regis University. I grew up in northern California where I developed a love for hiking, surfing, kayaking and soaking up natural beauty. I moved to southern California to attend USC for my undergraduate studies. During my time at USC I completed a double major in Fine Art and Neuroscience and rowed on the Varsity Women’s Crew Team. Following this diverse experience, I studied at Laguna College of Art and Design where I received my MFA in painting. I also received a second Master’s degree in Modern and Contemporary Art History from UC Riverside. I currently show my work at K Contemporary in downtown Denver. I spend my time outside of my teaching position working on my oil paintings, hiking, show shoeing, skiing, and exploring the local brewery scene in Denver. My paintings reflect my interest in traditional and contemporary painterly practices. I look forwarding to working with you all!
Robin Hextrum has been a member of artnauts since 2019.