Robert Townsend | Wanderlust

16 April - 5 May 2018, Scottsdale
Reception: April 19, 6:30-9pm
Robert Townsend, Wanderlust (Helen) , 2018
Robert Townsend, Orvil's '56
Robert Townsend, Keeping Up With the Conley's

Robert Townsend, 'Wanderlust" | Altamira scottsdale

Altamira Fine Art Scottsdale is pleased to present a new solo exhibition for pop photo-realist Robert Townsend. Following the newly released documentary film,  "My Indiana Muse", by Serena Creative, Wanderlust will continue the artists exploration of his muse Helen, as well as other subjects fitting in the Wanderlust theme- travel maps, roadside attractions and landmarks, and even the diner fare along the way. The show will feature both watercolors and oils ranging in size fro m 20 x 20 to 70 x 104 inches.


Meet the Artist at our show reception Thursday, April 19th from 6:30-9pm at our Scottsdale location.


My Indiana Muse is an official selection for the Phoenix Film Festival in April, and four screenings will take place between April 6th and 11th at the Harkins Scottsdale 101 Theatre. Screen times are as follows:


FRIDAY, April 6, 4PM   |    SATURDAY, April 7, 9:20AM    |   SUNDAY April 8, 4:30PM   |   WEDNESDAY, April 11, 10:15AM



Read more about the documentary here.See all of the recent paintings in the Helen series.



More images coming soon.



Artist Biography

Robert Townsend was born in Downey, California in 1974. He paints highly finished images of the icons of an American Pop mythology. His unfailing eye for color  and design produce a vision of America's material culture that vacillates between nostalgia for what is lost and optimism for the continuation of American ingenuity. 


Townsend's aesthetic draws heavily from his California upbringing and life in Los Angeles. Citing American painters Wayne Thiebaud and Robert Bechtle as primary influences, Townsend's work is a mixture of pop, photo-realism, surrealism and representational interpretations of largely mid-century subject matter. 


Robert's work is in collections including: the Bakersfield Museum of Art, Bakersfield, CA; The Getty Family, CA; The Frederick Weisman R. Art Foundation; Beverly Hills, CA; Phillips Exeter Academy, Exeter, NH. His work has appeared in in national publications including American Art Collector Magazine (issues 16, 40 and 67) and Southwest Art, May 2007.