Robert Kipniss (1931 - )
· Kipniss is known for his stark, moody drawings. The
subject matter of his works include austere tree limbs, modest houses in simple
shapes, and shadowy interior scene – and are always devoid of people. They artfully
explore the effects of light and shadow in muted tones.
· He is a master of the medium of Mezzotint.
· He is the first artist that the New Orleans Museum opened
with after Hurricane Katrina. His work is displayed in over 30 museums around the
world, including The British Museum in London, the Metropolitan Museum of Art
in NYC, the Smithsonian, and the Art Institute of Chicago.
· Kipniss has said, “If someone looks at my [art] and sees
only trees and houses, then they don’t see what I’m doing. I may be painting
trees and houses, but when I look at them, that’s not what I see. I see an atmosphere,
a moment, a quickly passing experience that I’m trying to capture. My art is of
intensity, of delving, of exploring the soul.”