Robert Forte

Robert Forte

  • blues

    "Jazz Singer", oil on canvas, 36" x 36"

  • theembrace

    "The Embrace", acrylic on canvas, 36" x 36"

  • birch

    "Birch", oil on canvas, 30" x 40"

  • birch_

Robert Forte

It was wisely said by Jackson Pollack that “(p)ainting is self-discovery. Every good artist paints what he is”. This is my view as well, and that makes my task of characterizing my work extremely difficult. My painting is in constant flux, reflecting inner conflicts, anxieties and emotions too elusive to verbalize. The subjects I choose to paint are anchored in reality, but color is used to place them in psychological context. Finally, shining a light on elements extracted from nature, and emphasizing their proximity to distortion and abstraction, complete the tools at my disposal. I work principally in oils, but acrylics offer a different approach that provide greater immediacy and spontaneity.

I studied figurative drawing with Minerva Durham at Spring Studio in New York, and painting with Cornelia Foss at The Art Students League and with Philip Pearlstein at The National Academy. I am a graduate of Harvard Law School, Columbia College and The High School of Music Art. While pursuing the practice of law, I never lost the passion for art that began in early childhood.

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