Modernism

An important contribution of modern art has been the suggestion that we look at the world around us with artistic eyes. I find this approach compelling while walking the streets of Palm Springs.
The combination of the conscious clean design of the mid-century architecture with the strong sun of the desert creates constantly changing abstract compositions that are truly artistic. The softening effect of the dessert landscaping juxtaposed to the linear design of the buildings completes the overall impression for me.

To these three elements I bring to the painting process my understanding of color in order to communicate excitement, or mystery, or sometimes to use color simply to strengthen the abstract quality of the architectural detail that has caught my attention.

Landscapes

The pure landscape paintings in this exhibition serve as a balance to the focus on architecture. These landscapes explore the other aspect of the Coachella Valley that I find most interesting: the way that light fills the bowl of the valley; sometimes it’s a warm light, sometimes a cool light, sometimes the light is a soft grey. This light is most beautiful at the very edges of the day when it doesn’t have to compete with the strength of the sun and I feel the spirit of the landscape most strongly.

- Robert Gamblin