Throughout acrylic, oil, watercolor, printmaking, ceramics, collage, and public artwork commissions that come with many of those mediums, Robin Strayhorn works in a global of dwelling colour that merges the figurative and summary. Running with a language of hue and gesture, Strayhorn channels the power of her studies in passages of alluring texture and eye-popping pigment. Those efforts are deployed throughout the contours of portraits and different figurative works which are each emotional and intimate of their connectedness and enormous of their affecting presence. Strayhorn is lately the Artist in Place of dwelling at Blue Roof Studios, the place on August fifth, she is going to showcase new blended media works in keeping with a significant fresh sojourn in India.
L.A. WEEKLY: When did you first know you had been an artist?
ROBIN STRAYHORN: I noticed that I used to be an artist via the age of 8 or 9. I grew up in an inventive family the place quite a lot of tasks gave the look to be an ongoing incidence. I ceaselessly noticed my mom drawing & portray nonetheless lifes and portraits, in addition to all way of inventive tasks, whilst my father’s affect was once song and development … so I fortunately joined in and found out that I beloved growing and exploring quite a few mediums.
What’s your quick resolution to those who ask what your paintings is ready?
It’s concerning the elevation of the human spirit, transformation and the party of lifestyles.
What would you be doing should you weren’t an artist?
I’d be a well-versed musician (adept at taking part in the guitar, piano, flute, congas & djembe). Or I’d be an environmental scientist.
Did you move to artwork college? Why/Why no longer? I didn’t move to artwork college.
As a result of I had such a lot of pursuits, it was once arduous for me to make a decision on a selected main all the way through my time at UCLA. I after all made up our minds on Political Science/Global Family members, since I believed I sought after to visit regulation college. However by the point I graduated, I started to take my artwork extra severely. If I may just return in time, I might move to artwork college.
When was once your first display?
My first display was once in 1992 at a spot referred to as Artwork N Barbee in Los Feliz, which more than likely isn’t there anymore! It was once loopy as a result of my primary portray was once 7ft x 7ft. I stretched the canvas myself and not thought of the truth that it was once too large to get out of my condo. I labored on it up till the final minute and was once operating past due with handing over it as a result of I needed to take the doorways off my condo development to be able to get the portray out of doors. I walked into the gallery past due with the portray whilst folks had been already amassing. I used to be so embarrassed however folks seen it as a grand front and had been tickled via it…lol.
When is/was once your present/most up-to-date/subsequent display or venture?
I’m lately growing art work as a part of the Artist Residency A Room of One’s Personal at Arts at Blue Roof. This Residency will culminate in an exhibition all the way through the month of August the place I can percentage creations impressed via time spent finding out & dwelling at an ashram in southern India.
What artist dwelling or lifeless would you maximum like to turn or paintings with?
Smartly, she’s in fact an architect — Zaha Hadid. Her paintings is astounding, good, inspiring!
Do you pay attention to song whilst you paintings? If that is so, what?
I indisputably pay attention to song whilst operating, and that incorporates artists equivalent to Pat Metheny, Jhene Aiko, Anderson Paak, G.S. Sachdev & Zakir Hussain,Thundercat, Jehro, H.E.R., Plant life Purim, Baly Othmani, Kelela, Baden Powell, Robert Glasper, Bajka, Nitin Sawhney, Joni Mitchell, Bobby Hutcherson, The Web, John Coltrane and lots of extra.
Website online and social media handles, please!
Blue Roof Studios Zoom communicate on August 3 & IRL opening reception there on Friday, August 5, 6-8pm.
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