Rodney Artiles

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BRIGHT PROSPECTS, 2012 Oil On Canvas 28 X 20 Inches © rodney artiles
FOR MY NEXT TRICK, 2012 Oil On Canvas 40 X 30 Inches © rodney artiles
YOU CAN'T MAKE 'EM DRINK, 2011 Oil On Canvas 24 X 36 Inches © Rodney Artiles
AFGHANISTAN, 2010 Oil On Panel 29 X 26 Inches © Rodney Artiles
A STRANGE ARROW ESTRANGEIRO, 2010 Acrylic And Oil On Canvas 30 X 32 X 1.5 Inches © Rodney Artiles
THE DIAMOND SUTRA, 2010 Oil On Canvas 28 X 22 Inches © Rodney Artiles
HUMAN NATURE, 2010 Acrylic And Oil On Canvas 180 X 150 Cm © Rodney Artiles
Meditation, 2009 Acrylic And Oil On Canvas 100 X 100 Cm © Rodney Artiles
HOPING AND HOPPING, 2008 Acrylic And Oil On Canvas 30 X 40 In. © Rodney Artiles 2008
CATCH AS CATCH CAN, 2009 Acrylic On Canvas 150 X 180.5 Cm © Rodney Artiles
REACTION TO JACKSON, 2008 Acrylic On Linen 84 X 60 X 2.5 In © Rodney Artiles 2008
FRAGMENTS OF FORTALEZA, 2009 Acrylic, Oil And Collage On Canvas 150 X 180 Cm © Rodney Artiles
THE KING CAN DO NO WRONG, 2008 Oil On Canvas 48 X 36 In. © Rodney Artiles 2008
THE UNIVERSE ON A SHOESTRING, 2008 Acrylic And Oil On Canvas 30 X 44 In. © Rodney Artiles 2008
MONK'S DANCE, 2010 Acrylic On Canvas Mounted On Panel 30 X 24 In. © Rodney Artiles
JAKE'S BREAK, 2010 Acrylic On Panel 36 X 24 In. © Rodney Artiles
THE SADNESS OF MADNESS, 2010 Oil On Canvas 48 X 48 Inches © Rodney Artiles
LANDFILL, 2010 Acrylic On Paper 22 X 30 Inches © Rodney Artiles
You Can't Make'EM Drink, 2011 Oil On Canvas 36"X24" © 2013
impresiĆ³n del perfil de una mujer , 2011 Digital Print © Rodney Artiles
HEAD STUDY, 2009 Acrylic On Paper © Rodney Artiles
Quick Facts
Birth year
Lives in
Oakland CA
Works in
the world
Representing galleries
self represented
arts-education, mixed-media, modern, digital, figurative


Art can change how we look at our surroundings. The representations we see in art challenge not only our shared, if rarely articulated, notions of legitimate representation, but also what we perceive as interesting, or relevant to our culture as beautiful in itself. My goal in painting is not to represent objects in the world, but to call attention to the act of seeing that makes representation possible.

My paintings are field notes from a life. Taken together they are a necessarily incomplete account of my observations on what it means to be a human in the world, set down in shapes and lines, colors and textures. For the past ten years I have explored through painting the relationship between what is on, and what we perceive as being on the canvas. In my most prominent series I paint my way into unfamiliar territory, abstracting the ground of the canvas. I survey the canvas, isolating within it areas suggesting discrete images. I then paint around the edges of these images to reveal them through a figure-ground reversal. These isolated images are, to me, extremely important. They are an object lesson in how we perceive our reality. The difference between signal and noise amounts to an act of framing, an internal act motivated and not constrained by the external. These inscriptions reveal meaning and order as functions of the mind. They are studies in differentiation.

Through my paintings I try to represent and distill the human compulsion to make pictures, and to record the experience of seeing, of recognizing images in random patterns and textures. My paintings also celebrate the delight that accompanies this recognition, the combination of surprise and satisfaction of seeing differently from one moment to the next. In so doing, they gesture toward archetypes, the images we share, but which escape articulation. My paintings isolate and express the deeply human feeling that what we see is ours and everyone's, that we are the first of many witnesses to a reality ever unfolding




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