Robert Kinsell

Just as stick figures, glyphs, paintings, and photography are images that guide people through cultures and civilizations of all periods, Robert Kinsell views his work in a parallel context—as “blazes” of a particular path through time and space. In his exhibition, "Blazes in the Desert", Kinsell chooses to work in a strongly illusionistic manner for two particular reasons. He feels that his work should be accessible, on some level, with anyone who may care to engage with it. Additionally, on a more personal level, Kinsell appreciates the duplicity of convincing the viewer that what they are looking at—colored smears on fabric—is actually a wall or a landscape or a three-dimensional object. The Northern Chihuahuan Desert, where Kinsell resides, has long been a place of solitude, beauty, and balance. However, it has also become a place of daunting challenges, with recent industrialization and the confiscation of ranchers’ and land owners’ properties disturbing the equilibrium of the area. Thus, the images in this exhibition represent blazes for a path that may soon be eliminated. Robert Kinsell studied painting at the University of Wisconsin in Madison, WI. He served as Professor of Art at Stephen F. Austin State University in Nacogdoches, TX from 1988 to 2013, when he retired. This year, he was a part of the Hunting Prize Finalists Exhibition in Houston and the Texas National group exhibition in Nacogdoches, TX. Selected public collections of his work include Continental Airlines, Paris, France; Citizens Fidelity Bank, Louisville, KY; and Harrison-Brewster Insurance Co. Inc., Chicago, IL. Kinsell’s work is also included in numerous private collections.
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Robert Kinsell, "Prickle Head", 2019, archival inkjet print, i.s. 16 x 16/f.s. 25 3/4 x 25 1/8", ed. 1/5

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Robert Kinsell, "Cholla Matrix", 2019, archival inkjet print, i.s. 16 x 16"/f.s. 25 3/4 x 25 1/8", 1/5

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Robert Kinsell, "Agave", 2019, archival inkjet print, i.s. 16 x 16"/f.s. 25 3/4 x 25 1/8", ed. 1/5

Hands off

Hands Off, 2015, oil on canvas, 30 x 30”

Winters Bridge

Winters Bridge, 2016, oil on canvas, 20 x 36”

Uprooted

Uprooted, 2015, oil on canvas, 30 x 30”

Spring Training

Spring Training, 2016, oil on canvas, 20 x 36”

Captive

Captive, 2014, oil on canvas, 24 x 48”

Wrong Day (Laundry)

Wrong Day (Laundry), 2016, oil on canvas, 30 x 30”

Ups ’n Downs

Ups ’n Downs, 2016, oil on canvas, 20 x 16”

Drawing the Storm

Drawing the Storm, 2016, oil on canvas, 15 x 26”

Hats Off

Hats Off, 2015, oil on canvas, 24 x 44”

Overkill

Overkill, 2016, oil on canvas, 30 x 30”

Yucca Selfie

Yucca Selfie, 2016, oil on canvas, 30 x 30”

Guacamole Siesta

Guacamole Siesta, 2016, oil on canvas, 16 x 16”

Redundancy

Redundancy, 2016, oil on canvas, 30 x 30”

Hybrid

Hybrid, 2015, oil on canvas, 30 x 30”

Chili Fiction

Chili Fiction, 2014, oil on canvas, 40 x 40"

Waiting

Waiting, 2015, oil on canvas, 30 x 30"

Uphill Oak

Uphill Oak, 2013, acrylic and alkyd on paper mounted onto canvas, 30 x 30"

Yucca Fruit

Yucca Fruit, 2013, acrylic and alkyd on paper mounted onto canvas, 40 x 40"

Windows

Windows, 1994, oil on linen, 30 x 40"

Untitled

Untitled, 1995, oil on canvas, 40 x 40", (Secondary Market)

Sold Inventory

Cabbage Rose

Cabbage Rose, 2016, oil on canvas, 30 x 30”

Moonrise, Fog and Egg

 Moonrise, Fog and Egg, 2015, oil on canvas, 20 x 36"

Bagscape

Bagscape, 2015, oil on canvas, 30 x 30”

September Song

September Song, 2016, oil on canvas, 15 x 20”

... And Nowhere To Go

... And Nowhere To Go, 2016, oil on canvas, 30 x 30”

Daredevil

Daredevil, 2015, oil on canvas, 30 x 30"