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Robert Kingston

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Birthplace
Sungei Gerong, Indonesia

Birth year
1955

Lives in
Los Angeles

Works in
Los Angeles

Website

Representing galleries
Costello-Childs Gallery, SoPa Fine Art , Ruth Bachofner Gallery, Dolby Chadwick Gallery

Upcoming Exhibitions and Events
Nov, 2014 New Paintings
Ruth Bachofner Gallery
 
Statement
Robert Kingston’s work has always arisen from an earnest search for resolution in a range of gestures, movements and erasures. The appearance and meaning of the resolution has developed over years in the meandering progression of the creative process. Kingston's current chapter of work continues his investigation into the possibilities of paint. His labors are personal, but also come from a place of acutely studied history of art, design and music. Notions of Cy Twombly and Paul Klee slightly register, but while Kingston embraces this history, his paintings remain clearly contemporary, considered and decidedly personal. Similar to a musical composition, Kingston slowly creates his paintings by building on and modifying motifs applied in previous layers. He embraces improvisational gestures and incidents of dripping and streaking; paint is successively controlled, then allowed to find gravity and is then contained once again. Amidst this rich layering and smudging are fits and starts of lines, doodles and sketches. This action occurs in so many layers, that some images are barely discernible, giving insight into Kingston’s thought process and leaving viewers searching for more clues. On the thin top surface that floats over the deep, hazy spaces of the paintings are hard-lined, organic shapes of color and distinct line drawings that conjure a quirky aggregate of ancient / scientific / industrial hieroglyphs. All this activity occurs on textured fields of color that vary from off white to brick red, black or blue. The colors and compositions shift from placid to energetic, structured to improvised, sober to playful. The paintings are a steady, engrossing read that gradually reveal their history and resolve. - Maruta Taub

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BORN 1955, Sungei Gerong, Indonesia, resides in Los Angeles, California 


EDUCATION


1988 M.F.A., Claremont Graduate University, Claremont, CA 

1986 B.F.A., California State University Long Beach, Long Beach, CA 

SOLO EXHIBITIONS 


2012 Dolby Chadwick Gallery, San Francisco, CA

         Ruth Bachofner Gallery, Santa Monica, CA

2010 Ruth Bachofner Gallery, Santa Monica, CA

2009 Randall Scott Gallery, Brooklyn, NY

         Ruth Bachofner Gallery, Santa Monica, CA 

2008 Dolby Chadwick Gallery, San Francisco, CA 

2007 Ruth Bachofner Gallery, Santa Monica, CA 

         Dolby Chadwick Gallery, San Francisco, CA 

2006 Ruth Bachofner Gallery, Santa Monica, CA 

2004 Ruth Bachofner Gallery, Santa Monica, CA 

2003 Ruth Bachofner Gallery, Santa Monica, CA 

2002 New Urban Art, Phoenix, AZ 

         Ruth Bachofner Gallery, Santa Monica, CA 

2000 Ruth Bachofner Gallery, Santa Monica, CA 

1999 Ruth Bachofner Gallery, Santa Monica, CA 

1996 Ruth Bachofner Gallery, Santa Monica, CA 

1994 Ruth Bachofner Gallery, Santa Monica, CA 

1993 Ruth Bachofner Gallery, Santa Monica, CA 

1991 Ruth Bachofner Gallery, Santa Monica, CA 

1990 Ruth Bachofner Gallery, Santa Monica, CA 

1988 East Gallery, Claremont Graduate School, Claremont, CA 

1987 DA Gallery, Pomona, CA

 

GROUP EXHIBITIONS 


2009 White, Ruth Bachofner Gallery, Santa Monica, CA 

2008 Four Abstract Painters, Ruth Bachofner Gallery, Santa Monica, CA 

2007 Out of Line, California State University Stanislaus, Turlock, CA 

2005 Out of Line, Riverside Art Museum, Riverside, CA; La Sierra University, Riverside, CA 

Abstract Los Angeles, Visual Arts Center, Louisiana Tech University, Ruston, LA 

Monothon 11, Riverside Art Museum, Riverside, CA 

Theories: LA Paint, POST, Los Angeles, CA 

2004 Luster, Gensler and Associates, San Francisco, CA 

Dialogue: Abstract, curated by Gayle Ruskin-White, Space, New York, NY 

10th Annual Holiday Group Show, Ruth Bachofner Gallery, Santa Monica, CA 

Ruth Bachofner Gallery 20th Anniversary Exhibition, Ruth Bachofner Gallery, 

Santa Monica, CA

Abstract Los Angeles: A Painting Exhibition, Soho Myriad Gallery, Atlanta, GA 

Continental Divide, curated by Mark Zimmermann, Planet Thailand, Brooklyn, NY 

2003 9th Annual Holiday Group Show, Ruth Bachofner Gallery, Santa Monica, CA 

Abstractions - Five Gallery Artists, Ruth Bachofner Gallery, Santa Monica, CA 

2002 Conspiracy II, New Paintings, L.I.C.K..Ltd. Fine Art, Long Island City, NY 

8th Annual Holiday Group Show, Ruth Bachofner Gallery, Santa Monica, CA 

2001 7th Annual Holiday Group Show, Ruth Bachofner Gallery, Santa Monica, CA 

2000 The Significant Pursuit, Smack Mellon Studios, Brooklyn, NY 

6th Annual Holiday Group Show, Ruth Bachofner Gallery, Santa Monica, CA 

1999 5th Annual Holiday Group Show, Ruth Bachofner Gallery, Santa Monica, CA 

Art Auction 8, Long Beach Museum of Art, Long Beach, CA 

1998 4th Annual Holiday Group Show, Ruth Bachofner Gallery, Santa Monica, CA 

A Slice of Apple, A Cross Section of Abstract Paintings From New York, Curated 

    by Robert Kingston, Ruth Bachofner Gallery, Santa Monica, CA 

Six Gallery Artists, Ruth Bachofner Gallery, Santa Monica, CA 

Contemporary Art Works From the Ruth Bachofner Gallery, Antelope Valley 

College Art Gallery, Lancaster, CA 

1997 3rd Annual Holiday Group Show, Ruth Bachofner Gallery, Santa Monica, CA 

Recurrence, Gallery Korea, New York, NY 

Generational Abstractions, Ruth Bachofner Gallery, Santa Monica, CA 

1996 Abstraction / New York, Ruth Bachofner Gallery, Santa Monica, CA 

A Salon, Room, New York, NY 

Pattern and Relief, Smack Melon Studio, Brooklyn, NY 

1994 Second Nature... Notations, Ruth Bachofner Gallery, Santa Monica, CA 

East - West,  E. S. VanDam, New York City, NY 

Accrochage, TennisportArts, Long Island City, New York 

Credo, (curated by John O'Brien) Brand Library, Glendale, CA 

1993 polyABSTRACT, Ruth Bachofner Gallery, Santa Monica, CA     

Galerie Behemot, Prague, Czech Republic 

1992 Paintings and Sculpture: Gallery Artists,  Ruth Bachofner Gallery, Santa Monica, CA 

TBA Gallery, Los Angeles, CA 

World News, Muckenthaler Cultural Center, Fullerton, CA 

1991 World News, Onyx Cafe, Los Angeles and Beyond Baroque, Venice, CA 

1990 Dialogue/Prague/Los Angeles: Monotypes, Arroyo Arts, Los Angeles CA 

Claremont Graduate School, Claremont, CA 

Spokane Art School Center for the Visual Arts, Spokane, WA 

Timeless Impressions, The Art Works, Riverside, CA 

1989   Recent Paintings, East and West Galleries, Claremont Graduate School, 

Claremont, CA 

Variations Los Angeles: The Form, Group Show, Ruth Bachofner Gallery, 

Santa Monica, CA 

1988 A Downtown Art Odyssey, Gallery at the Plaza, Security Pacific Corporation, 

Los Angeles, CA 

Eight Artists,  Mt. San Antonio College, Walnut, CA 

Visual Exchange,  Harris Gallery, University of Southern California, Los Angeles, CA 

1987 Artists for the Homeless, SPARC Gallery, Venice, CA 

Salon des Independents, Richard Bennett Gallery, Los Angeles, CA 

Second Fall,  East Gallery, Claremont Graduate School, Claremont, CA 

Fringe Festival,  Hinshaw Gallery, Pitzer College Claremont, CA 

Ten Year Anniversary Exhibit, Century Gallery, Sylmar, CA 

1986 DA Collage Show,  DA Gallery, Pomona, CA 

EarlyNeoPostism,  West Gallery, Claremont Graduate School, Claremont, CA 

Fresh Paint, Gallery C, California State University Long Beach, Long Beach, CA 

1985 Group Show,  Brooks Street Gallery, Venice, CA 

1984 Selected Works,  Santa Monica College, Santa Monica, CA 


SELECTED PUBLIC COLLECTIONS 


Bellagio Hotel, Las Vegas, NV 

Chadwick, Saylor and Co. 

Global Crossing, Beverly Hills, CA 

Harrah’s Hotel, Atlantic City, NJ 

Mirage Hotel, Las Vegas, NV 

MGM Mansion, Las Vegas, NV 

Nestle, Burbank, CA 

Pacific Capital, Los Angeles, CA 

Ramada Hotel, Los Angeles, CA 

Saks Incorporated, Memphis, TN

 

SELECTED PRIVATE COLLECTIONS 


Esa-Pekka Salonen, Los Angeles, CA

John & Sue Andrews, Newport Beach, CA 

Rita Atkinson, La Jolla, CA 

Ruth and Hermann Bachofner, Beverly Hills, CA 

Tom Barrack/Laurel Beebe, Los Angeles, CA 

Michael Beckson, Los Angeles, CA 

Greg Bray, Manhattan Beach, CA 

Martin Brest, Los Angeles, CA 

John and Eloise Clark, Los Angeles, CA 

Julie Cline, Newport Beach, CA 

Malcolm Cobrink, Fullerton, CA 

Dorothy King Darling, Los Angeles, CA 

Jacqueline Dey, Irvine, CA 

Alan Friedberg, Beverly Hills, CA 

David and Andrea Grant, Lake Forest, CA 

Mr. and Mrs. Gerganoff, Greenvalley, AZ 

Mr. and Mrs. Ernest Gellhorn, Washington, D.C. 

Sue Glasscock, Malibu, CA 

Adrian and Cass Graff-Radford, Rancho Mirage, CA 

Richard Hallberg/Barbara Wisely, Los Angeles, CA 

Mr. and Mrs. Don Hankey, Malibu, CA 

Steve Hansen, Long Beach, CA 

Mr. and Mrs. Harouche, Beverly Hills, CA 

Susan and Alan Harmon, Englewood, Colorado 

Mr. and Mrs. John Hooten, Newport Beach, CA 

Rob and Sue Jernigan, Pacific Palisades, CA 

Mr. and Mrs. Ernest Karmin, Winnetka, IL 

Chang Kim, Los Angeles, CA 

Michelle Langston, Santa Ana, CA 

Tom and Bonnie Lawyer, Las Vegas, NV 

Cheryl and David Lewis, Encino, CA 

Jack and Ann Levine, Santa Monica, CA 

Mr. and Mrs. Lombart, Aventura, FL 

Dana Messina, Santa Monica, CA 

George Michael, Beverly Hills, CA 

Charles Mitchell, Santa Barbara, CA 

Ross and Merilyn Mollard, Newport Beach, CA 

Alan L. Paris and Barbara Fina, Sleepy Hollow, NY 

Eric and Rachel Poses, Santa Monica, CA 

Larry & Debra Poteet, Glendale, CA 

Dennis and Kimberly Quaid, Los Angeles, CA 

David Reed, Los Angeles, CA 

Dr. and Mrs. Arthur Rosenbaum, Los Angeles, CA 

Ann Rossi, San Rafael, CA 

Esa-Pekka and Jane Salonen, Los Angeles, CA 

Paul and Judy Schaeffer, Encino, CA 

Brigitta Schoch, Pacific Palisades, CA 

Holger and Yuriko Schubert, Venice, CA 

Sue and Dan Schwartz, Rancho Mirage, CA 

Paul and Carol Scott, Santa Barbara, CA 

David and Azadeh Shladovsky, Pacific Palisades, CA 

Rosa and Bob Sinnott, Los Angeles, CA 

Liz and David Skulsky, Studio City, CA 

Miriam Smith, Laguna Beach, CA 

Ki-Won Suh, Seoul, Korea 

Andy Summer, Santa Monica, CA 

Peter Thiel, San Francisco, CA 

Douglas Ulmer, Long Beach, CA 

Jeff Widman, Hermosa Beach, CA 

Alison Williams, Pacific Palisades, CA

Recent Exhibits

Robert Kingston participated in these exhibits:

Oct, 2014 New Paintings
Ruth Bachofner Gallery
 
Nov, 2013 Small Works
Ruth Bachofner Gallery
 
Jul, 2013 Five Gallery Artists
Ruth Bachofner Gallery
 
Mar, 2013 Robert Kingston
Dolby Chadwick Gallery
 
Mar, 2013 New Paintings
Ruth Bachofner Gallery
 
Jan, 2012 New Paintings
Ruth Bachofner Gallery
 
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