ROBERT RECTOR: DREAM MACHINES
David Lusk Gallery Memphis / 97 Tillman St. May 4 - 29th
Over the course of his 50-year abstract painting career, Robert Rector has explored the relationship between the natural environment and human experience. Through extensive experimentation with surface treatments and an architectural approach to composition, he has built a body of work that extends the legacy of abstract expressionism while also incorporating elements of his personal reflection. Primarily working in the deep woods of Louisiana with frequent trips to the beach and the Colorado Rockies, Rector captures the tones, textures, and rhythms of his surroundings in his paintings’ sensuous, sculptural surfaces. Saturated, prismatic layers of paint converge to convey the serenity of these mystical atmospheres.
Robert Rector received his BFA and MFA from Louisiana State University. He has shown in solo and group exhibitions across the United States, including a recent retrospective at the Shaw Center for the Arts, Baton Rouge; the Ogden Museum of Art, New Orleans; The Hunter Museum of Art, Chattanooga; and Gremillion and Company, Houston and Austin. His work is in numerous collections including Compaq Computer, Tokyo, Japan; Continental Airlines, London, UK; Los Angeles, New York; Credit Suisse, Chicago; New York; The Criterion Group, Atlanta; Crowne Plaza Hotel, Houston; Delta Airlines, Atlanta, Cincinnati; FedEx, Memphis; Financial Federal, Memphis; IBM, Austin, TX; San Antonio; Louisiana State Collection, Baton Rouge; Marriott Hotels, St. Louis; M Bank, Austin; Mississippi Museum of Art, Jackson, MS; Ogden Museum of Art, New Orleans; Old State Capitol Museum, Baton Rouge; Pfizer, Memphis; Redskins Stadium, Fed Ex Box, Washington, DC; SAKS Fifth Avenue, New York; Tokai Bank, Atlanta; Tyson Foods, Springdale, AR; University of Texas, Austin; and the U.S. Embassy in Tirana, Albania, among others.