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Crew Neck Sweater, 2013 Colored Pencil on Paper 16 X 15 in © copyright robert otto epstein
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Tapestry Sweater, 2013 Colored Pencil on Paper 16 X 13
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Diamond V Neck Sweater, 2013 Colored Pencil on Paper 18 X 15 in © copyright robert otto epstein
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Crew Neck Sweater, 2013 Colored Pencil on Paper 16 X 15 in © copyright robert otto epstein
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Pattern for Sweater Vest, 2013 Colored Pencil on Paper 16 X 19 in © copyright robert otto epstein
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Pattern for Skirt, 2013 Colored Pencil on Paper 20 X 20 in © copyright robert otto epstein
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Pattern for Striped Scarf, 2013 Colored Pencil on Paper 15 X 15 in © copyright robert otto epstein
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Preppy Sweater, 2013 Colored Pencil on Paper 15 X 14 in © copyright robert otto epstein
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Line By Line, 2012 Pencil on Paper 22 X 21 in © copyright robert otto epstein
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Round Neck Cardigan, 2012 Pencil on Paper 28 X 18 in © copyright robert otto epstein
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Guatemalan Inspired, 2012 Pencil on Paper 22 X 20 in © copyright robert otto epstein
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Long Neck Cardigan, 2011 Pencil on Paper 29 X 22 in © copyright robert otto epstein
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Sleeveless Cardigan, 2012 Pencil on Paper 29 X 18 in © copyright robert otto epstein
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Corporate Sweater, 2012 Pencil on Paper 20 X 14 in © copyright robert otto epstein
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Enjoy! Placemat, 2011 Acrylic Enamel Paint on Builder's Paper 17 X 24 Inches © Copyright Robert Otto Epstein 2012
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Norwegian Tapestry, 2011 Acrylic Enamel Paint on Builder's Paper 22 X 18 Inches © Copyright Robert Otto Epstein 2011
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Peacock Mat, 2011 Acrylic Enamel Paint on Builder's Paper 30.5 X 22.5 Inches © Copyright Robert Otto Epstein 2011
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Horseback Armchair, 2011 Acrylic Enamel Paint on Builder's Paper 24 X 22 Inches © Copyright Robert Otto Epstein 2011
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Sailing Ship Panel, 2011 Acrylic Enamel Paint on Builder's Paper 19 X 22 Inches © Copyright Robert Otto Epstein 2011
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Armchair Back Mat, 2011 Acrylic Enamel Paint on Builder's Paper 22 X 24 Inches © Copyright Robert Otto Epstein 2011
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Little Angel Table Mat, 2011 Acrylic Enamel Paint on Builder's Paper 19.5 X 19.5 Inches © Copyright Robert Otto Epstein 2011
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Romance Cushion Cover, 2011 Acrylic Enamel Paint on Builder's Paper 20 X 19 Inches © Copyright Robert Otto Epstein 2011
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Crew-neck Sweater, 2011 Acrylic Enamel Paint on Builder's Paper 39 X 35 Inches © Copyright Robert Otto Epstein 2011
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Cashmere Sweater, 2011 Acrylic Enamel Paint on Builder's Paper 33 X 21 Inches © Copyright Robert Otto Epstein 2011
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Blouse, 2011 Acrylic Enamel Paint on Builder's Paper 34 X 31 Inches © Copyright Robert Otto Epstein 2011
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Eleanor, 2011 Acrylic Enamel Paint and Pencil on Wood Blocks 27 X 15 Inches © copyright Robert Otto Epstein 2011
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Grace, 2011 Acrylic Enamel Paint and Pencil on Wood Blocks 27 X 27 Inches © copyright Robert Otto Epstein 2011
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Anne, 2011 Acrylic Enamel Paint and Pencil on Wood Blocks 23 X 21 Inches © copyright Robert Otto Epstein 2011
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Elizabeth, 2011 Acrylic Enamel Paint and Pencil on Wood Blocks 27 X 12 Inches © copyright Robert Otto Epstein 2011
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Eden, 2011 Acrylic Enamel Paint and Pencil on Wood Blocks 30 X 18 Inches © copyright Robert Otto Epstein 2011
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Margaret, 2011 Acrylic Enamel Paint and Pencil on Magazine Paper 22 X 17 Inches
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Caroline, 2011 Acrylic Enamel Paint and Pencil on Wood Blocks 36 X 18 Inches
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Faith, 2011 Acrylic Enamel Paint and Pencil on Wood Blocks 24 X 18 Inches
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Edward Hughes, 2011 Acrylic Enamel Paint and Pencil on Magazine Paper 33 X 17 Inches
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Charlotte, 2011 Acrylic Enamel Paint and Pencil on Wood Blocks 24 X 15 Inches © copyright Robert Otto Epstein 2011
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Isabel on Her Way Out, 2011 Acrylic Enamel Paint and Pencil on Magazine Paper 33 X 17 Inches
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Dirk Brink, 2011 Acrylic Enamel Paint and Pencil on Wood Blocks © 25.5 x 33 inches
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Ray Bradley, 2011 Acrylic Enamel Paint and Pencil on Magazine Paper 22 X 17 Inches
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Trigg Eggars, 2011 Acrylic Enamel Paint and Pencil on Magazine Paper 22 X 25.5 Inches
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Richard Burnley, 2011 Acrylic Enamel Paint and Pencil on Magazine Paper 34 X 33 Inches
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Andrea Lemaire, 2011 Acrylic Enamel Paint and Pencil on Magazine Paper 17 X 22 Inches
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Kari Wihite, 2011 Acrylic Enamel Paint and Pencil on Magazine Paper 34 X 33 Inches
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Crew Neck Sweater - detail, 2011 Paint on Paper 39 X 35" © Robert Otto Epstein
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Prospect Park Picnic Jacket Colored Pencil on Paper 23 X 18 Inches
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Spring Color Dress © Courtesy of the Artist and Outpost Artists Resources
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Baseball Card + GE78, 2014 Acrylic on Wood Panel, 14 X 11 In. © Robert Otto Epstein
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Baseball Card + DP79, 2013 Acrylic on Wood Panel 14 X 11 In. © Robert Otto Epstein
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Baseball Card + BT91, 2014 Acrylic on Wood Pane 14 X 11 In. © Robert Otto Epstein
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Baseball Card + TR78, 2014 Acrylic on Wood Panel 14 X 11 In. © Robert Otto Epstein
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Baseball Card + HB50, 2014 Acrylic on Wood Panel 14 X 11 In. © Robert Otto Epstein
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Summer Blanket, 2013 Color Pencil on Hand Gridded Paper 23 X 16 In. © Robert Otto Epstein
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Diamond Fabric, 2013 Color Pencil on Hand Gridded Paper 20 X 18 In. © Robert Otto Epstein
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Trendy Sweater, 2013 Color Pencil on Hand Gridded Paper 18 X 16 In. © Robert Otto Epstein
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Pattern for Jacket, 2013 Color Pencil on Hand Gridded Paper 18 X 16 In. © Robert Otto Epstein
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Yacht Sweater, 2013 Color Pencil on Hand Gridded Paper 19 X 16 In. © Robert Otto Epstein
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Leaf Through Sweater, 2013 Color Pencil on Hand Gridded Paper 16 X 12 In. © Robert Otto Epstein
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Pattern for Scarf, 2013 Color Pencil on Hand Gridded Paper 14 X 12 In. © Robert Otto Epstein
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Quick Facts
Birthplace
Pittsburgh
Birth year
1979
Lives in
New York City
Works in
New York City
Tags
gallery mixed-media pop painting, figurative
Statement

Robert Otto Epstein

b. 1979 in Pittsburgh, PA

Lives and works in Providence, RI

Contact:

+1 412.969.4843

robertottoepstein@gmail.com

My work consists of paintings on canvas, wood and works on paper. The imagery that I use is culled from the pages of knitting pattern books, fashion magazines, and hairstyle books from the 1950's through the 1980's.

I am interested in systems of production, which could be anything manmade or found in nature—pattern as a means of being or appearing by way of repeating—the pattern as an act, a process, and a product. In my work I explore the way that repetitiveness is structured into discrete forms that are shaped by the prototype, which become the pattern, which become the system, which is itself repeating.

I also make figurative work inspired by clothing models in vintage fashion magazines. I look for pictures that strike me as sentimental or naive. I am interested in the contrived way that these male or female figures pose, how they hold their bodies still (literally and metaphorically) in time and space, how they smile unabashedly or purse their lips, how their subtle and/or banal expressions disguise their latent individuality--like characters in a novel or neighbors in a real American town.