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The Abstract Buffalo State Collection

The Abstract Collection 

Having begun his paiting career in the early 1950's, Robert Wilson's work reflected the Abstract Expressionisitic traditions that were prevalent at the time. Though non-objective in style, the content of his work always related to the artists personal experiences of time and place, and was characterized by the applications of many unusual materials and techniques.

Inspired by a 1981 sabbatical to India and the Far East, this series of work relates to the influences found in the cosmic branch of Tantric Art and Mandala symbols. His interpretations are characterized by formally balanced arrangements of transparent geometric shapes painted in a stone-like texture. The texture was a result of a unique process of painting on crumpled spray-painted canvas, and rthe imagery was arranged to represent the movements in time and space in relation to significant events in the artist's life. The work in this collection represents the major portion of this final abstract phase painted from 1984 through 1992.

 

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Alter Ego, 1988, acrylic on board, 15.5" x 26"
2/11
Gold Circle with Four Squares, 1989, acrylic on canvas, 42" x 42"
3/11
Grey Circle with Blue Stripe, 1992, acrylic on canvas, 48" x 72"
4/11
Crosspoint, 1989, acrylic on canvas, 36" x 40"
5/11
Diamond, 1988, acrylic on canvas, 36" x 36"
6/11
Duality, 1988, acrylic on canvas, 29.5"x 42.5"
7/11
Enigma, 1990, acrylic on canvas, 40" x 40"
8/11
Grey and Yellow, 1987, acrylic on canvas, 19" x 29"
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Grey Circle with Trapezoid, 1988, acrylic on canvas, 19" x 29"
10/11
Parallel Universe, 1974, acrylic on board, 32" x 42"
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Red Circle Ascending, 1992, acrylic on canvas, 19" x 29"

Abstract Collections at Buffalo State

2000 Collection
  1. Blue Abstract, 1990, acrylic on canvas, 48"x72"
  2. Grey Circle with Blue Stripe, 1992, acrylic on canvas, 48"x72"
  3. Gold Circle with Four Squares, 1989, acrylic on canvas, 28"x34"
  4. Yellow and Gold Circles, 1987, acrylic on canvas, 42"x42"
  5. Grey Circle with Trapezoid, 1988, acrylic on canvas, 18"x36"
  6. Red Circle Ascending, 1992, acrylic on canvas, 24"x48"
  7. Grey and Yellow, 1987, acrylic on canvas, 19"x29"
2001 Collection
  1. Duality, 1988, acrylic on canvas, 29.5"x42.5"
  2. Alter Ego, 1988, acrylic on board, 15.5"x26
  3. Diamond, 1988, acrylic on canvas, 36"x42"
  4. Parallel Universe, 1974, acrylic on canvas, 36"x40"
  5. Cross Point, 1989, acrylic on canvas, 36"x40"
  6. Enigma, 1990, acrylic on canvas, 40"x40"
2012 Collection
  1. Mandala Series #1, 1992, acrylic on canvas, 24"x24"
  2. Mandala Series #2, 1992, acrylic on canvas, 24"x24"
  3. Tesselation, 1992, acrylic on canvas, 8"x14"
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