Dragonfly, 2015

Robert Kingston

June 2 — July 2, 2016

It is with great pleasure that Dolby Chadwick Gallery announces an exhibition presenting the work of painter Robert Kingston, opening on June 2, 2016. The artist's fourth show with the gallery will feature large-scale works in acrylic on canvas. Kingston's thoughtful and evocative paintings reference Abstract Expressionism in a lyrical, reflective vein, their energy pulling us inward—the viewer drawn deep into the expansive spaces of the work.… read more

A Longing Grows or As Water Works at Rock, 2012

Robert Kingston

March 7 — 30, 2013

Robert Kingston skillfully uses abstract visual cues to evoke shifting landscapes and dreamscapes upon which viewers can project their own meanings and mythologies. Kingston’s arrival at these “scapes” is appropriately rooted in what he describes as “meandering journeys” that start with an initial, random mark. “I look at my work as the piling on of mistakes and hesitations,” Kingston explains, “many artists are plagued by doubt, but I’ve learned to use mistakes and doubt as a source of power. For me, the more mistakes the better.” The final paintings are a testament to these journeys of contemplation and discovery. Born of abundant layers of markings and gestures—as well as frequent erasure— Kingston’s lyrical paintings present highly complex, fully resolved spaces.… read more

Arno, 2008

Robert Kingston

New Paintings
November 6 — December 6, 2008

November 6 - December 6, 2008… read more

Robert Kingston

New Paintings
May 6 — June 2, 2007

The surface of Kingston’s work has several layers where he builds and modifies motifs. He draws and paints shapes without thinking of them too much in advance allowing the forms to suggest objects that never get specific. Through a series of fits and starts he gradually layers over the initial painting and through the combined effects of overlap and palimpsest a hazy ambiguous space appears. Kingston states, “It is what I call a ‘search and destroy’ process. I paint intuitively, and just keep doing it until it looks like I can stop.” Influenced by Cy Twombly, Paul Klee and also jazz music which Kingston usually has playing in his studio, he embraces history while his paintings clearly remain contemporary. From his haphazard approach Kingston tries to coax out a harmony or balance that is abstract yet evocative; formal yet psychological. His objective is to let his paintings unfold slowly to the viewer as it does in the making.… read more