Q – Who or what influenced you to become an artist?
I was first influenced by the old cartoonists like Winsor McCay, (Little Nemo in Slumber land) and Otto Messmer, (Felix the Cat). Later, I would be inspired by Van gogh and the turn of the century artists, i.e., Gris, Kandinsky, and Braque.
Q – What motivates you to do what you do?
I have always been a creative person, and I am always looking for new ways to express myself. I have never been one to just go with the flow. I want to push beyond the norm. This is what motivates me.
Q - If you could work alongside any one artist, who would it be?
Juan Gris. I would have loved to have seen where he would have gone with his wonderful style. He died so young.
Q - What method / technique do you use and why?
I use a binary virtual method. It’s kind of like painting and sculpting, in a virtual realm. You need to look at my work close up, and then step back and see them again.
Q - Do you have a special style or stroke that can single you out?
I have developed a style I call, “expractubism” which is the blending of classical modern art styles with binary virtual methods. From what I am seeing and hearing, it is quite different from other art forms. It is uniquely my point of view as an artist.
Q - Among your paintings, which ones is/are your favourite(s)? Why?
One of my early works, “Passion and Creation” I think is a remarkable picture. I built it from a totally unrelated form to what became – a stunning and surreal picture.
“Rétrospectivement” was the first of my “Line People” series. I think I stumbled upon a unique and revealing set of portraits with this series created from basic lines. I am quite proud of them. It is what my art is all about – organic and architectural forms blended and repurposed to create a visual feast.
Q - What are you working on now?
I am working on printing my works to exhibit them in the near future. I am going to make only 10 of each work to ensure the highest quality. I work with a renowned local printer who specializes in art prints and printing.
Q - What would you like to be remembered for?
Being a loving and devoted husband and father, a caring person, and one who never took life and living for granted.
Q - What goal are you working towards within your artwork and when will you know you have reached it?
I’d love to show my work at a major gallery, but that will take time, and one must build a reputation before this happens. I am ok with that. All things in good time.
Q - What would you advise to anyone starting out in art?
Learn the basics and go with your heart. You can never mess it up when you do that. Art is as individualistic as you are. There is no right or wrong, only enjoyment!
Q - On a less serious note, what is the one item you always need with you?
My laptop! I am always getting ideas and inspirations.
About Rob Denton
Over the past 40 years, Rob has been an artist, guitarist, and designer. Rob’s diverse and prolific artistic background covers four decades of style and influence. Rob’s design work includes; Clothing (Michael & Toni’s), silk screen, interior design, fragrances (Robbie VanGogh), music (Third Level Project), and most recently, digital art. A true renaissance man, Rob’s inspirations come from such artists as, Van Gogh, Dali, Miro, Kandinski, Tullio Crali, Gris, Picasso, Matisse, Ferenc Martyn, and the classic styles of Futurist, cubist, expressionist, and modern folk art. Now, Rob is bringing his visionary and eclectic view to a new collection of works inspired by the virtual medium and his passion to push beyond the conventional. Beyond the Parallel is a revival of these classic art-forms that pays homage to the modern masters, while creating a new vision through virtual art. I am blending organic and architectural forms with the most binary virtual techniques to create my own unique artistic style – Expractubism. Enjoy! Rob.
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