For us, art is transcendent; art defies time and place. As a gallery, we strive to share such transcendence.

 

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 texture 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. His exceptional technical ability is complemented by a painterly approach to color and design, with occasional whimsical elements adding a playfulness to his skillfully crafted watercolors and oils. 

 

Photo by Richard Harbaugh

 Photo by Richard Harbaugh

 

My Indian Muse | Helen Series

In 2014, Townsend began a series of large-scale paintings that would later become the focus of the 2018 documentary film, My Indiana Muse.  After purchasing more than 2500 Kodachrome slides from a single collection, Robert discovers his muse, Helen Conley. The next ten years will be dedicated to creating large scale paintings chronicling the story of husband and wife Helen and Roy, and their life and travels, as told through their slide collection.

 

“I think She’s teaching a lesson – to me – about celebrating life.”   -Robert Townsend

 

 

Watch the film trailer here.

 

 

 My Indiana Muse, directed and produced by Serena Creative, follows as the journey with Helen unfolds, and it is the official selection for several major film festivals including the Santa Barbara International Film Festival and the American Documentary Film Festival in Palm Springs, CA. Townsend plans to continue to create paintings from Helen’s slide collection over the next decade, resulting in over 50 larges scale works. The artist is represented exclusively by Altamira Fine Art, in both gallery locations, Jackson, WY and Scottsdale, AZ.

 

 

Read more about the film at www.MyIndianaMuse.com. Find the Press Kit here.

 

 

 

 

 

ONE PERSON EXHIBITIONS

 

2016   Dreamland, Altamira Fine Art, Scottsdale, AZ 

2012   Compass and Line, Skidmore Contemporary Art, Santa Monica, CA

              New Paintings, Sue Greenwood Gallery, Laguna Beach, CA

2011    New Paintings, Skidmore Contemporary Art, Santa Monica, CA

              Paintings, Sue Greenwood Gallery, Laguna Beach, CA

2010    Recent Paintings, Skidmore Contemporary Art, Santa Monica, CA

2009  Robert Townsend:  A Pop Mythology, Sullivan Goss, Santa Barbara, CA

             Robert Townsend:  New Work, Michael Hollis Gallery, Pasadena, CA

2008   Robert Townsend, New Paintings, Hespe Gallery, San Francisco, CA

2007    Icons,  Michael Hollis Gallery, Pasadena, CA

 

 

SELECTED GROUP EXHIBITIONS

 

2017  "Spring in the Desert" Altamira Fine Art Scottsdale, AZ

2015  Desert Mythos, Altamira Fine Art, Scottsdale, AZ  

2013    Common Objects, Scape Gallery, Corona Del Mar, CA

            artMRKT, San Francisco, CA

            20th Anniversary Exhibition, Hespe Gallery, San Francisco, CA

            Palm Springs Fine Art Fair, Palm Springs, CA

            Route 66, Skidmore Contemporary Art, Santa Monica, CA

            Pop Paradise, Lamont Gallery, Phillips Exeter Academy, Exeter, NH       

2012    Candy, Skidmore Contemporary Art, Santa Monica, CA          

            Pop Culture: Selections from the Frederick R. Weisman Foundation, The  Frederick R. Weisman Museum of Art, Pepperdine University, Malibu, CA

            Common Tread: Traversing the American Landscape, Begovich Gallery, CSUF, Fullerton, CA

            Summertime, Skidmore Contemporary Art, Santa Monica, CA

            Palm Springs Fine Art Fair, Palm Springs, CA

2011    Winter Exhibition, Skidmore Contemporary Art, Santa Monica, CA

            Poprealism, Skidmore Contemporary Art, Santa Monica, CA

            April, Skidmore Contemporary Art, Santa Monica, CA

            The Los Angeles Art Show, Los Angeles, CA

2010    December, Skidmore Contemporary Art, Santa Monica, CA

            Americans at Play, Sullivan Goss, Santa Barbara, CA

            Poprealism, Skidmore Contemporary Art, Santa Monica, CA

            American Icons, Sue Greenwood Gallery, Laguna Beach, CA

            The Los Angeles Art Show, Los Angeles, CA

2009    Rewind, Hespe Gallery, San Francisco, CA

            LA Noir, Sullivan Goss, Santa Barbara, CA

            Art Chicago, Chicago, Illinois

2008    West Coast Realists, Sullivan Goss, Santa Barbara, CA

            15th Anniversary Show, Hespe Gallery, San Francisco, CA

2007    Summer Show, Hespe Gallery, San Francisco, CA

            Fresh Faces, Munson Gallery, Santa Fe, New Mexico

1999    Watercolor West Exhibition, Brea, CA

1997    Watercolor West Exhibition, Brea, CA

            Long Beach Arts, Watercolor, Long Beach, CA

            Long Beach Arts, National Open, Long Beach, CA

 

 

COLLECTIONS

 

The Getty Family, CA

The Frederick R. Weisman Art Foundation, Beverly Hills, CA

Phillips Exeter Academy, Exeter, NH

Bakersfield Museum of Art, Bakersfield, CA