Robert Anderson, American
Robert Anderson has been painting and printmaking since receiving his Master of Fine Arts Degree from Pratt Institute in 1972. He has been involved with digital image making since 1986, using the computer as a graphical composition tool for planning complicated figurative paintings.
Portraiture has been a dominant category of American painting from Colonial times until the mid-Nineteenth Century. They consisted chiefly of bust or full-length reproductions of people frozen in rigid similar poses. Surveying the contemporary portraiture of Robert Anderson, we see enormous changes, not only in art techniques, but also in national social attitudes and sexual mores since the country's founding 200 years ago.
Anderson's work has, in contrast to his refined photo-realist technique, a definite, causal blu'e-jeaned feeling of the 60's and 70's.