Yvonne Robert

L-R:  Swipe 02 , 2019 acrylic on canvas 50 x 40 cm (H x W cm) 19.7 x 15.7 inches   Available for purchase    Swipe 01 , 2019 acrylic on canvas 100 x 80 cm (H x W cm) 39.4 x 31.5 inches   Available for purchase    Swipe 03 , 2019 acrylic on canvas 23.6x 50cm (H x W cm) 11.8 x 19.7 inches   Available for purchase    SOLD

L-R: Swipe 02, 2019
acrylic on canvas
50 x 40 cm (H x W cm)
19.7 x 15.7 inches
Available for purchase

Swipe 01, 2019
acrylic on canvas
100 x 80 cm (H x W cm)
39.4 x 31.5 inches
Available for purchase

Swipe 03, 2019
acrylic on canvas
23.6x 50cm (H x W cm)
11.8 x 19.7 inches
Available for purchase

SOLD

German painter Yvonne Robert’s personal pursuit is the effect of colour and form.

Her work is about choosing compositions and colour that create tension and evoke a reaction in the viewer. Robert works hard to create tension with maximum reduction but one rather sees her canvases as being built upon with layers and forms of colour. The works appear as patchworks of rectilinear and circular forms that jostle with each other to conceal rather than revealing elements that lay underneath. It is as though the artist wishes to reveal nothing about herself and instead everything of the viewer. She unwittingly creates an intentional platform upon which the viewer can exist to reflect upon and find themselves and their own emotion(s) within. Where line-work is present, it leads to other shapes and forms like the roads on a map that lead to new places that give new experiences.

If you go to Pinterest or Google and enter “yellow circle, abstract painting” for example, the hits you get will be all seem very similar at first sight. And yet you linger over some of them in particular. Why is that? Perhaps because the proportions are better or you like a particular yellow more? You can’t always explain it. It’s a feeling. It’s right (for someone), it strikes a chord, it’s refined despite its simplicity.
— Yvonne Robert, Abstract Magazine, 7 May, 2018

For Robert, it is not the thoughts and emotions of the artist that are important, but that of the viewer. After all, it is our individual perception that gives us clarity and a true sense of understanding. For example, I might consider the sky blue, as do you, but do you and I consider ‘blue’ as one and the same? And that is where the work of Robert is poignant. She brings the viewer back to themselves, highlighting their own unique perspective.

Sessel mit Blume , 2019 acrylic on canvas 30 x 40 cm (H x W cm) 11.8 x 15.7 inches   Available for purchase

Sessel mit Blume, 2019
acrylic on canvas
30 x 40 cm (H x W cm)
11.8 x 15.7 inches
Available for purchase

Badetuch , 2019 acrylic on canvas 30 x 40 cm (H x W cm) 11.8 x 15.7 inches   Available for purchase

Badetuch, 2019
acrylic on canvas
30 x 40 cm (H x W cm)
11.8 x 15.7 inches
Available for purchase

FKK , 2019 acrylic on canvas 100 x 120 cm (H x W cm) 39.4 x 47.2 inches   Available for purchase

FKK, 2019
acrylic on canvas
100 x 120 cm (H x W cm)
39.4 x 47.2 inches
Available for purchase

You are an artist with a successful commercial / graphic design background. What drew you to pursue a career as a fine artist? It has been my original wish for as long as I can remember. I only studied graphic design out of reason. The art professor I showed my work to when I was 15 years old said I was too young, and that I showed him typical teenage stuff. He said that I should instead study something solid. Such as graphic design. I was very depressed afterwards, but I followed his advice. I trained in Basel where I had a great time. Fortunately, a lot of emphasis was placed on drawing, painting and colour. So I was able to deepen my inquiry into these things.

After 20 years of graphic design, I felt little motivation. In my spare time I always painted. Two years ago I started posting images of my paintings on Instagram and got a lot of positive feedback. So one thing resulted to another and I finally dedicated myself to being an artist full-time.

Yvonne Robert viewing “Steam Express and Halts”, by Kaarel Kurismaa at UNLIMITED, Art Basel 2019.

Yvonne Robert viewing “Steam Express and Halts”, by Kaarel Kurismaa at UNLIMITED, Art Basel 2019.

Kleines Stillleben 01 , 2019 acrylic on canvas 40 x 30 cm (H x W cm) 11.9 x 15.7 inches  Available for purchase

Kleines Stillleben 01, 2019
acrylic on canvas
40 x 30 cm (H x W cm)
11.9 x 15.7 inches
Available for purchase

You have been very successful in a short span of time. How did you get the attention of industry players such as émergent magazine, Abstract Magazine, Paul Smith and Cheryl Hazan Gallery in New York amongst others? Everyone has approached me through Instagram. Without Instagram I would probably still be working as a graphic designer. Thanks Insta!

What do you hope to achieve as an artist? I really appreciate the fact that I can exhibit internationally. Although, I would like a gallery from Switzerland or Germany to approach me. Otherwise I just wish that my ideas never run out.

Flying Tulips , 2019 acrylic on canvas 150 x 100 cm (H x W cm) 59.1 x 39.4 inches  SOLD

Flying Tulips, 2019
acrylic on canvas
150 x 100 cm (H x W cm)
59.1 x 39.4 inches
SOLD

Your practice to date has been heavily influenced by the fundamentals of abstraction and reduction, however, lately you have been exploring the possibilities of figurative representation. What is driving you to paint works that are representational? I have often painted figuratively. Around 2004-2015 I painted dog portraits! I like to paint the character, the facial expression of my subjects. Of course colour plays a big role in my portraiture too.

Painting figuratively or work that is representational I find it a good distraction and I gain distance to the abstract pieces. When I look at my abstract painting again I notice new things.

It is something completely different to paint representatively. I am required to concentrate to reflect something concrete. The works have completely different challenges. I love the variety. I need variety otherwise I get bored.

After spending time with you, it is utterly clear that the primary element of importance in your work is colour. What drives you to paint? That is a difficult question because it's a kind of automatism. It's fun; it's a passion. Things you like to do you do voluntarily. As I said earlier, I express my fascination with something in this way. We all constantly take (millions of) photos of things we find remarkable. I try to capture those things partly through painting.

Sometimes I lie in bed and think of new colour combinations. I can't wait to try it the next morning. As long as that doesn't stop, that’s what drives me.

Yvonne Robert on top of the work of Andreas Angelidakis at UNLIMITED, Art Basel, June 2019.

Yvonne Robert on top of the work of Andreas Angelidakis at UNLIMITED, Art Basel, June 2019.

Photos copyright and courtesy of Yvonne Robert and SGAC.
Opening image: Swipe 02, 2019, acrylic on canvas, 50 x 40cm Available for purchase.

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