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I continuously challenge who I am – always in search of my better self. When it comes to my art I attempt to acknowledge what I do well but also identify barriers and habits that I would like to burst through to produce paintings that are more expressive, immediate, and direct. I don’t have prescribed thoughts as to how this will happen. There are immediacies of the moment – thinking and not thinking – experiencing bursts of expressive creative energy. There is a process of creating, destructing, and creating again.
I paint figures. There is attraction to the physical, sexual, and emotional context that is part of our lives. It provides me, perhaps, with a means to express and capture my intensity and well-being at any time.
I like working big — a canvas big enough to allow me to be expansive and physical. Painting is my way to not be quiet, a way to let people know me and how I view the world. My paintings capture the dynamics of interpersonal relationships, observed or experienced, framed in a particular setting or moment in time.
I paint as an extension of the moment; the process is less cerebral and more emotional. Someone might describe it as action painting – painting exceptionally but not fully aware of what is happening. Painting is a lifeline; it’s music that lifts me up.
This is just who I am. I’ve known since I was a child that I wanted to paint. Perhaps it is genetic. My grandmother painted, and her father. According to family lore, he studied art in Odessa, Russia before immigrating to the US.
I’ve learned to accept the fact that the way I paint is a process; it’s problem-solving and accepting the dynamics of the paint and the canvas in front of me. I started out in my formative years wanting to have a definitive image to paint, beginning with it drawn on a canvas. I just could not work within the box, the confines of the images.
Robert P. "Bob" Brodesky, an artist based in the Boston-area, has been painting all his life. He specializes in figurative painting in an expressionistic style, rendered in oils, paint stick or pastels on canvas, paper, and wood. He likes working big––a surface big enough to allow him to be expansive, and physical.
Brodesky's work features human figures captured in a particular instant, a pivotal moment when something changes. The viewer is invited to participate, enter the moment, and offer his or her own take on the situation and where it might lead. His style––expressive and gestural––focuses on the dynamics of human relationships, and is drawn from his own personal experience.
Brodesky, who grew up in New York, studied art at the Brooklyn Museum Art School, State University of New York at Binghamton, and the Maryland Institute College of Art, and earned an MA at the University of Pennsylvania, Graduate School of Fine Arts.
Most recently, Brodesky’s paintings have been in shows at Matter and Light Fine Art Gallery (Boston, MA), ArtProv Gallery (Providence, RI), Dedee Shattuck Gallery (Westport, MA), South Shore Art Center (Cohasset, MA), Wall Gallery (Norwood, MA), Mystic Art Museum (Mystic, MA), Concord Center for the Visual Arts (Concord, MA), and Cambridge Art Association (Cambridge, MA). Prior to settling in Boston, Brodesky participated in a variety of solo exhibitions and group shows in Colorado. His work is included in corporate and private collections across the country.
Denver 802, Emmanuel Gallery, University of Colorado, National Endowment for the Arts Juried Show
Open Gallery, Denver Commission on Cultural Affairs, Juried Show
Another Love Affair, Denver Art Museum, by invitation
The Human Animal, Alpha Gallery, Denver, CO
Dog and Cat Show, Abacus Gallery, Denver, CO
Artwork of Colorado Lawyers for the Arts Poster Artists, Grant Street Art Center, Denver, CO
Three Man Show, Abacus Gallery, Denver, CO
One Man Show, Boettcher Concert Hall, Denver, CO
South Shore Art Center, 61st Anniversary Festival, Juried Show, Cohasset, MA
Milton Art Center, Juried Show, 2016, Milton, MA,
South Shore Art Center, Summer 2016 Gallery Artist Show, Cohasset, MA
Matter & Light Fine Art Gallery, Gallery Artist, 2016 Summer Gallery Artist Show, Boston, MA
ArtProv Gallery, Face Off Group Show, 2016, Providence, RI
Dedee Shattuck Gallery, Small Works, 2016, Westport, MA
Milton Art Center, Juried Show, 2017, Milton, MA
South Shore Art Center, Group Show, March – April 2017, Cohasset, MA,
Wall Gallery at the Percival Brewing Company, Group Show, October – November 2017, Norwood, MA
ArtProv Gallery, Little Things, November – December 2017, Providence, RI
Wall Gallery at the Percival Brewing Company, Solo Show, June 2018, Norwood, MA
Mystic Art Museum, Connecticut Academy of Fine Arts 107th Juried Show, May/June 2018
Milton Art Center 3rd Annual Juried Show, June 2018, juried by Jim Stroud, honorable mention
South Shore Art Center, Rebirth Juried Show, Juried by Craig Bloodgood, Contemporary Curator, The Art Complex in Duxberry MA, January 2019, Cohasset, MA
South Shore Art Center, Innocence Lost Show, Juried Show, February - March 2019, Cohasset, MA
It’s All About Me Show at Gallery X, April 2019, New Bedford MA
2019 Summer Show, Pawtucket Arts Collaborative, May 4 - June 20th, Pawtucket, RI
20th Annual Frances N. Roddy Juried Exhibition, Concord Art Association, September – October 2019, Juried by Josephine Halvorson, Professor of Art, Chair of Graduate Studies in Painting at Boston University, Concord, MA
Group Show, Pawtucket Art Association, February 2020, Pawtucket, RI
Red 2020 Juried Exhibition, Cambridge Art Association, Juried by Layla Bermeo, the Kristin and Roger Servison Associate Curator of American Paintings, at the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, November – December 2020 Cambridge, MA
Sound and Fury Juried Show, South Shore Art Center, Juried by Suzanne Schultz, Cohasset MA, January 2021
University of Pennsylvania, Graduate School of Fine Arts, Philadelphia, PA, MA
State University of New York at Binghamton, BA
Maryland Institute College of Art, Baltimore, MD
Brooklyn Museum Art School, Brooklyn, NY
A Featured Article of Robert Brodesky in ARTSCOPE - New England’s Premier Culture Magazine, “A Screaming Silence You See Loud and Clear”, March 2019 https://artscopemagazine.com/2019/02/robert-brodesky-a-screaming-silence-you-see-loud-and-clear/
Boston Voyager on-line magazine, artist interview with publication of photos of paintings, http://bostonvoyager.com/interview/art-life-robert-brodesky/
Colorado Lawyers for the Arts (COLA) reproduced the Painting “Three Gangsters” as a limited edition serigraph.
According to the Denver Post Art Editor, Max Price:
Perhaps the most successful show (at the Emmanuel Gallery) was “Denver Zip 802,” which was curated by Richard S. Teitz, director of the Denver Art Museum. Among the artists who made a splash in the highly impressive show were . . .Robert Brodesky.
Director, Transportatiom, IHS Markit, 2010-2015
Director, Transportation Planning, URS Inc., 1990-2010
Assistant VP, Market Research and Planning, Bank of New England, 1989-1990
Manager, Strategic Planning and Market Planning, Gates Corp., 1983-1989
Manager, Airport Planning, Denver Regional Council of Governments, 1978-1983
contemporary artist, oil painter, figurative paintings, bold paintings, expressionistic painting, modern art painter, new england painter, boston painter