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 Thomas Arthur Robertson  (1911 - 1976)

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Lived/Active: Louisiana/Arkansas      Known for: expressionist, stylized portrait and abstract painting, screen prints

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Biography from Stevens Fine Art:
Tom Robertson was born in Little Rock, Arkansas.  He was a painter known for his stylized portraits in the 30's and 40's as well as some very exciting abstract images done in both oil and gouache.

Although chiefly a painter, this Southern artist produced a remarkable group of screen prints in the 1940's.  They resemble his watercolors in style and palette. Although he studied serigraphy in New Orleans in the 30's, he did not begin to concentrate on his own prints till he returned to Little Rock around 1940.

His first screen print, Union, was included in his second solo exhibition at the Delgado Museum.  His prints quickly became independent works, stylistically related to his small-scale, abstract watercolors.  He had several serigraphs shown in the fifteenth annual membership exhibition of the New Orleans Art League late in 1941.  The artist was known for presenting lectures demonstrating silkscreen technique and advocating prints as affordable original works of art.

The artist employed simple technical means to achieve interesting spatial and coloristic effects.  Robertson also looked to Native American art for decorative motifs that bore no recognizable meaning.  He derived the arcs, floating circles, serpentine slashes, and meandering lines of his designs of the 1940's from the ancient Caddoan Indians of southwestern Arkansas.

He studied painting with Adrian L. Brewer, who had an art school in downtown Little Rock, 1933. Brewer was known for his landscapes of Arkansas and for his portraits of Arkansas notable figures.

A Spectrum of Innovation, Color In American Printmaking 1890-1960 by David Acton, Published in 1990 and Who was Who in American Art

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