Robert Roest

Overview

 ‘Can you trust your senses?’ ‘Can you believe your eyes?’ The paintings are much about the physical experience of seeing. They are about the impact images have on us, not at least the images we see online.

Robert Roest's practice of painting is visually rooted in both the contemporary world of new media and the history of painting. His work is structured in series of 5-10 paintings. By approaching the work via a serial method he is able to explore the possibilities of his themes from different angles, deploy multiple styles, and keep his work open and not be pinned down on a particular idea or perspective. This structured method is not about artistic freedom, it has everything to do with conceptualizing ideas, thoughts and themes that Roest wants to address in his work.

 

In his work Roest explores phenomenon like perception, projection, illusion and representation. It is about the interrelationship between reality and your senses. Briefly, all his work revolves around the questions ‘can you trust your senses?’ ‘Can you believe your eyes?’ The paintings are much about the physical experience of seeing. They are about the impact images have on us, not at least the images we see online. Even deeper they are about the impact our eyes have on images, since an image doesn’t fundamentally change over time, but our ways of seeing, and our views, does.

Works
  • Robert Roest, NAIL EATING , 2021
    Robert Roest
    NAIL EATING , 2021
    Oil on canvas
    33 x 28 cm
    13 x 11 1/8 in
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  • Robert Roest, Lady Malady, 2021
    Robert Roest
    Lady Malady, 2021
    Oil on canvas
    34 x 28 cm
    13 3/8 x 11 1/8 in
    Singed & dated
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  • Robert Roest, Blind Light, 2021
    Robert Roest
    Blind Light, 2021
    Oil on canvas
    200 x 125 cm
    78 3/4 x 49 1/4 in
    Singed & dated
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  • Robert Roest, Antracite Breath, 2021
    Robert Roest
    Antracite Breath, 2021
    Oil on canvas
    200 x 125 cm
    78 3/4 x 49 1/4 in
    Singed & dated
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  • Robert Roest, Full Moon and Stinky Spirits , 2021
    Robert Roest
    Full Moon and Stinky Spirits , 2021
    Oil on canvas
    200 x 150 cm
    78 3/4 x 59 1/8 in
    Singed & dated
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  • Robert Roest, Little Toe, 2021
    Robert Roest
    Little Toe, 2021
    Oil on canvas
    32.5 x 28.5 cm
    12 3/4 x 11 1/4 in
    Singed & dated
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  • Robert Roest, Black Leather Heart, 2021
    Robert Roest
    Black Leather Heart, 2021
    Oil on canvas
    200 x 125 cm
    78 3/4 x 49 1/4 in
    Singed & dated
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  • Robert Roest, No , 2021
    Robert Roest
    No , 2021
    Oil on canvas
    32 x 25 cm
    12 5/8 x 9 7/8 in
    Singed & dated
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  • Robert Roest, Yess, 2021
    Robert Roest
    Yess, 2021
    Oil on canvas
    30 x 24 cm
    11 3/4 x 9 1/2 in
    Singed & dated
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CV

b. 1992, Leerbroek, NL

Lives and works in New Jersey, NJ

 

Education

2013 – BFA in Art, Hogeschool voor de Kunsten, Utrecht

 

Solo Exhibitions

2020 – Meatware Ecosystem II, Cinnnamon, Rotterdam, NL

2019 – Images for Deep Relaxation and Physiological Hygiene, Cinnnamon, Rotterdam, NL

2019 – I wanna leave the snake skin, Herman van Veen Art Center, Soest, NL

2017 - Meatware Ecosystem, Cinnnamon, Rotterdam, NL

2016 – Exorcise from a safe distance, Cinnnamon, Rotterdam, NL

 

Selected Group Exhibitions

2022 – Message from the Underground, Mana Contemporary, Jersey City, US

2022 – Direct Message, TW Fine Art, New York, US

2021 – The Interior, Venus over Manhattan, New York, US

2021 – The Modern Dog Painter II, New Galerie, Paris, FR

2021 – Richard Waar?, Pictura, Dordrecht, NL

2021 – When shit hits the fan again, Guts Gallery, London, UK

2021 – A New Art World, Guts Gallery, London, UK

2021 – Cave Canem, Eve Leibe Gallery, London, UK

2021 – The Modern Dog Painter, Karl Marx Studio Space, Paris, FR

2020 – Let me tell you a story, LIS10 Gallery, Milan, IT

2019 – Ballroom Project, Cinnnamon, Antwerp, BE

2019 – TWENTYFORSEVEN, academiegalerie, Utrecht, NL

2018 – Sky is one, ground is zero, Allard Wildenberg Art Projects, Naarden, NL

2018 – Soft?, Gallery Sophie van de Velde, Antwerp, BE

2018 – Screw Your Courage To The Sticking Place, Showhouse JayJay, Antwerp, BE

2017 – Young Utrecht Delight, Galerie SANAA, Utrecht, NL

2015 – Driemensionaal, Galerie Kunstliefde, Utrecht, NL

2014 – Licht, Zomerexpo, Gemeente Museum Den Hague, NL

2013 – Promise Promise, Frank Taal Galerie, Rotterdam, NL

2013 – Exposure, HKU Academy, Utrecht, NL

 

Art Fairs

2021 – Cinnnamon, Art Rotterdam, Rotterdam, NL

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