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2010/11 In Black & White is a book depicting current work in black and white (see also 2010/11 in Color) by Santa Barbara digital painter R. W. Firestone.

Born near the ocean in Brooklyn, schooled by the bay at UC Berkeley, artist, psychologist and author Robert W. Firestone works in vivid and vibrantly colorful selections of faces, groupings, abstract constructions, cityscapes and nudes.

"The acid colors pulse with an unnatural energy, as though they might be about to engulf the dark forms. At times the digitized splatters of paint recall the electrified colors and patters of a brain scan. It is intense and visceral, like the traces of a memory that can be felt but no longer pictured." (from an January, 2007 essay by Edward Luce-Smith)

"It may seem paradoxical that his chosen vehicle is the very latest technology, since anything technological is so often dismissed as impersonal and lacking in true emotion. Like the Futurists, he seems to see in the machine a commitment to the future, rather than the past. There was a more practical attraction, which was the lightness and transparency of the effects he could obtain." (from a March, 2007 review in ARTnews by Meredith Mendelsohn)

"Life and creativity are the antithesis of cynicism and despair. As an artist, I have attempted to live a creative life, searching and striving for meaning and beauty. Working with the computer as a creative instrument, I have attempted to invent something feelingful, sensitive and beautiful out of an unfeeling machine, translating my feeling for people and their emotions into tangible works of art.

"I utilize a variety of images, impressions and approaches to address the fullness and complexity of my experience. In all of my work, I try to blend rich and bold emotional colors and composition into an enjoyable visual experience." (from Artist's Statement, 2005)


About the Author

Frank Tobe
ftobe Santa Barbara, CA
Artist's representative. Large-format fine arts printer. Previously, 25+ years as direct mail, database development and computer targeting consultant to the DNC and major presidential, senatorial, congressional, mayoral campaigns and initiatives all across the U.S., Canada and internationally.

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