Robert Lohman: Recent Paintings
Join us for a solo exhibition of Southampton artist Robert Lohman’s recent Skyscape paintings. The exhibition will be on view from October 2 through the 7, with an ARTIST RECEPTION on SATURDAY, OCTOBER 5, from 5 to 8 PM.
I started out making big blue-sky paintings with a bit of water at the bottom like a base line. After a few years I took some of my paintings to a local gallerist. She said NOT MORE WATER PAINTINGS! At around the same time I went to the Yale Museum and saw the wall of sky studies painted by Constable. I had also started to study the sky portion of larger more complex paintings and how that portion could be a composition on its own. Yale also had a nice selection of Turners on hand for my viewing. At the Met I often enjoy the romantic Hudson River School paintings. I often take a photo of just the portion of a painting of interest, so I can see how that composition looks on its own.
My newer paintings shown here fall into a few groups. Some have simple large blue skies, these are painted more like watercolors with one chance to get it right. Another group clouds, active, puffy, ponderous, wispy. Some other paintings are like cross sections of sky, a slice through the vapors with hints of things going on behind.