My work embodies forms of deep introspection and mental escape; an indescribable transition from physical to nonphysical realms. Sparked by constant daydreaming, I imagine reality warping and myself or others doing something physically impossible, even in a subtle way. Through exploration of mixed media with a focus on realistic rendering and loose abstractions, I attempt to illustrate the unseen world we all might see when we close our eyes.
My work is a chance for me to escape from the physical world- to delve into the intuitive. Ink is full of wonderful imperfections and happy accidents and I find that working with it allows me to let go. The figures that emerge are a way for me to express the human experience, the body in both its strength and frailty. Having dealt with chronic pain since 2012, these figures represent not only the sorrow and fear I have experienced, but also the sensuality, power, and human connection.
Nature has always been my main source of inspiration. It informs both the subject matter and color palettes in my work. The natural world is an infinite resource for documenting and exploring shapes, patterns, and textures. It also invites personal reflection and meditation. My landscapes and abstracts are a perfect example of this intersection of physical surroundings and self-awareness. They are a simple representation of a contemplative process and express a quiet intensity that reflects my own personality.
I’m interested in manifest vs. unmanifest reality and the battleground of the psyche. As human beings, there is so much we are unable to know, no matter how much we advance technologically. However, there are also objective truths in the universe. There is creation and destruction. Life and death. Yin and yang. I hope that this understanding, and more importantly, this questioning comes through in my body of work.
At its broadest point my work addresses the condition of being alive in the 21st century. Using a wide range of seemingly disparate technical applications of paint, from photorealism to an almost completely dissolved abstraction, I create disjointed figures and decontextualized spaces for them to exist in. In doing so I am replicating and scrutinizing the contradictory, dehumanizing effects of modernity on the individual. I explore themes of truth, identity, isolation, and our increasingly ambiguous relationship to the world around us.
I am a Self Taught Artist that comes from a small town in south-western Ontario just outside of London and Stratford.I Have been Drawing for as long as I can Remember and did my first art show at a young age which sparked my interest in becoming an artist. I was always inspired by Comics such as "Spawn" and in growing up got into graffiti and started to get some interest in it from potential buyers, then turned to doing it on canvas and experimenting with all sorts of mediums.
I then began an apprenticeship in Automotive Painting, Learning Airbrushing, Pinstriping, Sign Painting and Gilding. Now I have come full circle back to where it started and am now doing a mix of all the things I have learned along the way and fusing Illustration, with the colors of the graffiti and automotive world.
ROBERT MALTE ENGELSMANN
Dynamic, abstract-figurative line drawing and mixed media painting processes on paper are the center of my artwork.
Reduction, abstraction and the challenge of perception — in simplicity and also complexity are conceptual themes i am interested in.
When i draw, I let the line decide, let the line flow. This process I call ‘flowstate-drawing’.
My work is characterized by contrasts - the juxtaposition of opposites on several levels - which is recognized throughout my paintings. Fine detail, drawn lines and meticulously painted shapes clash with bold brushstrokes, spatters and blurred contours. Soft organic shapes and multifaceted figures meet hard, calculated geometric abstractions.
The world I depict is not a physical location in space and time. It is an inner world, a world where thought, emotion and raw cognition defines not only the figures, but also the space they inhabit.
For me the creative process is a key to that inner, psychological world - balancing on the border of the conscious and subconscious and revolving around themes like how we relate to the world we live in, the definition of “self” contra the surrounding world, our bodily integrity and mortality.
My work often deals with issues such as alienation, loneliness and the pursuit of an unattainable inner harmony. In general I am very interested in the inner life of people and that carries through in the way my figures turn out. Their various disfigurements, missing body parts and multiple angles is a symbol of their psychology and cognitive mechanisms.
The figures in my collages always seem to be lost in thought as if they were contemplating their very existence. That is why they so often have closed or downcast eyes. They seem to strive for a feeling of simply being present in the world. Or maybe in another world. Longing for an existence as elemental, silent and pure as rocks, trees and seas. They appear austere, fragile and vulnerable, immersed in an opaque introspection - lost in doubt, uncertainty and anxiety while looking inwards in an attempt to obtain tranquility.