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Robert Sites
updated: 02/04/2013
website: www.robertsites.artspan.com
 
   
 
 
     
 
Artwork Title
art-medium
art-year
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Fat Man
Mendicant Clown
Polka Dot
Monkey Boy Clown
Bearded Lady
Two Plus Two
Circus Horse
Little General
Juggler
Old Whiteface Clown
Pagliacci
Arlecchino
cameo
Pods/Mushrooms
Mushrooms/Beans
 
Portfolio Keywords:  memory, historical, narrative, figurative, collage, organic
 
 
Fat Man by Robert Sites
Fat Man
mixed media and collage
2011
19"" x  12"" 
Mendicant Clown by Robert Sites
Mendicant Clown
mixed media and collage
2011
12" x  9"  x 3/4"" 
Polka Dot by Robert Sites
Polka Dot
mixed and collage
2011
9"" x  4"" 
Monkey Boy Clown by Robert Sites
Monkey Boy Clown
mixed media and collage
2011
12"" x  10""  x 1"" 
Bearded Lady by Robert Sites
Bearded Lady
graphite, watercolor, and varnish on paper
2011
4 3/8" x  3" 
Two Plus Two by Robert Sites
Two Plus Two
graphite, watercolor and varnish on paper
2011
4 1/8" x  3" 
Circus Horse by Robert Sites
Circus Horse
Graphite and varnish on paper
2011
4 " x  3 " 
Little General by Robert Sites
Little General
graphite, watercolor and varnish on paper
2011
3" x  4 1/8" 
Juggler by Robert Sites
Juggler
Graphite and varnish on paper
2011
3" x  4" 
Old Whiteface Clown by Robert Sites
Old Whiteface Clown
graphite, watercolor and varnish on paper
2011
4 1/4 " x  3 " 
Pagliacci by Robert Sites
Pagliacci
mixed media on wood panel
2008
7 1/8"" x  7 1/8"" 
Arlecchino by Robert Sites
Arlecchino
mixed media on wood panel
2008
7'" x  7"" 
cameo by Robert Sites
cameo
mixed media on wood panel
2008
7 1/2"" x  7 1/2"" 
Pods/Mushrooms by Robert Sites
Pods/Mushrooms
mixed media on wood panel
2008
7"" x  7"" 
Mushrooms/Beans by Robert Sites
Mushrooms/Beans
mixed media on wood panel
2008
7"" x  7"" 

Artist Statement

My work reflects a fascination with the circus, its performers, its animals and sideshow acts. I am particularly interested in creating a sense of nostalgia or longing for what once was, but no longer exists. To do this, I use multiple layers of paper and  varnish on my drawings to create a surface that suggests the passage of time and a brittle patina of age, a surface that mirrors the transitory nature of performance and the circus tradition. Using this process, I can explore what is most human and universal in the extra-ordinary, exotic and sometimes freakish.


Artist Bio / CV

Since 1996, I have had nine one person exhibitions (in Texas, Virginia, North Carolina, Maryland, and Illinois); and have shown in sixteen states as well as Italy. My most recent solo show was at the Museum of Contempoary Art in Virginia in 2012.

After receiving my MFA in Painting from Cranbrook Academy of Art (1975), I studied in Urbino, Italy with Enzo Cucchi and Eliseo Mattiacci, in an advanced painting program sponsored by the School of Visual Arts. I have received two fellowships from the Virginia Commission for the Arts, one in painting and one for works on paper. The painting fellowship funded my travel and research in Rome, Florence and Naples for a project titled: Roman Noses. The second fellowship funded part of my work on a drawing/collage project. I was a visiting artist at the American Academy in Rome, part of their visiting artist/visiting scholars program - in 2011, 2009, and 2005. My work was also included in the June/July 2010 issue of New American Paintings Magazine and in Studio Visit Magazine, 2012.