Robert Wallace

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Beethoven 1, 1999 Mixed Media On Wood 35 X 24.5 Inches © 2005 Robert Wallace
Best (detail), 2000 Mixed Media On Canvas 35 X 48 Inches © 2005 Robert Wallace
(Denver), 2009 Mixed Media On Cardboard 12.5 X 12.5 Inches © 2011 Robert Wallace
Luxury (triptych), 2011 Mixed Media On Panel (3) 18" X 80" (46 X 203cm) © 2012 Robert Wallace
Untitled (horizontal), 2011 Mixed Media On Wood 24 X 56 Inches © 2012 Robert Wallace
Lighter, 2012 Mixed Media On Canvas 60 X 72 Inches © 2012 Robert Wallace
Scarlett Too, 2012 Mixed Media On Canvas (2) 28" X 28" (71 X 71cm) © 2013 Robert Wallace
Red Hook (diptych), 2012 Mixed Media On Wood (2) 24" X 48" (70 X 122cm) © 2013 Robert Wallace
Japan 7, 2013 Mixed Media On Wood Panel 24 X 28.5 Inches © 2013 Robert Wallace
Untitled (machiya 5), 2013 Mixed Media On Wood Panel 21 X 25.5 Inches © 2013 Robert Wallace
Untitled (kimono silver) (detail), 2014 Mixed Media On Wood Panel 16" X 12.5" (41 X 32cm) © 2014 Robert Wallace
Sakura 1, 2014 Mixed Media On Wood Panel 16.5" X 21" (42 X 53cm) © 2014 Robert Wallace
After the Rain, 2015 Mixed Media On Wood Panel (3) 15” X 18” (38 X 46cm) © 2015 Robert Wallace
Untitled (Checklist 14), 2016 Mixed Media On Wood Panel 15" X 18" (38 X 46cm) © 2016 Robert Wallace
Untitled (Checklist 32), 2016 Mixed Media On Wood Panel 16" X 16" (41 X 41cm) © 2016 Robert Wallace
Quick Facts
Santa Ana, CA
Birth year
Lives in
Kyoto, Japan
Works in
Kyoto, Japan
USC (University of Southern California), 1993, BA
Current Exhibitions and Events
Apr, 2018
be-kyoto gallery

I am an American artist originally from Los Angeles currently living in Kyoto.  I have had exhibitions in New York, Los Angeles and Kyoto.  My paintings are included in private collections around the world.

Though I studied fine art at the University of Southern California, most of my early painting was done with aerosol on the streets of LA.  I abandoned graffiti completely in 1995 when I moved to New York and began working in a completely new mixed media style layering paper and paint on canvas and wood panels.

The city and the urban experience have long influenced my work.  Urban decay in particular is an inspiration; the eroding and crumbling past of a city fascinates me.  For me, the thick layers of collage and paint in my work are like the stratum of a city, its history, its culture.

More recently I have begun to look to nature for inspiration.  It is really the overlap of the natural world with the manmade that moves me, witnessing the effects of time and the elements upon human creations.

My approach to art is similar to Japanese artist Sabro Hasegawa.   He suggested that paintings are “controlled accidents”, and are formed as naturally as rocks or grass.  Like Hasegawa I prefer to let the paintings paint themselves.  I don’t like to manipulate anything.  I try to employ the Zen concepts of mushin and munen, or “no-mind” and “no-thought” when I am working in the studio.  I never know what I am painting until I am painting.  I feel the most successful pieces happen by chance, without trying.  They come without thought or planning.  I embrace the accidents and mistakes of improvisation.

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