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California Years

The California Years

Returning to the West Coast at the end of WWII, he took advantage of the GI Bill and enrolled in a small community college in California.

    “I have always liked to draw, but it wasn’t  until I got out of the service that I realized I had a talent for painting. So, I decided to take some art courses and started entering my work in local shows and competitions”.

 

Between 1955-1960, Robert earned an Associate’s Degree from Santa Monica City College and a Bachelor’s and Master’s Degree from Los Angeles State College, now the California State University at Northridge. (CSUN)

In 1956 he received his teaching certificate. He taught Art at Northridge Junior High School and later at Los Angeles Pierce College.

On being an artist: “I believe there is artistic ability in everyone, it just needs development. Quite often, it starts as a hobby. Then, the hobby becomes demanding and all-absorbing. Eventually, the artist learns to live with it and his chosen artistic outlet it becomes  part of his everyday life.”

In a 1960 graduation article about Robert, The Valley Sun Dial states that “there is one award not yet won by the artist. He hopes to have one of his paintings become part of the permanent art collection at Valley State.”

After his death, while sorting through his papers, Marilyn, his widow, found the article with the photo of Robert seated before his painting “California Baroque”. She contacted the library at California State University at Northridge, to see if she could make his wish come true. This was the beginning of the collection of 36 paintings and drawings at the Oviatt Library at CSUN.

 

Robert Wilson Graduation for Associates, Associates Degree, Bachelors Degree (click to enlarge)

Oviatt Library at Valley State, Exhibition Invitation

California State University at Northridge Oviatt Library Collection

1/23
A Question of Separation, 1990, acrylic on canvas, 30” x 42”
2/23
Desert Series #1, circa 1990’s, acrylic on canvas, 24” x 36”
3/23
Desert Series #2, circa 1990’s, acrylic on canvas, 24” x 36”
4/23
Desert Canyon, circa 1990’s, acrylic on board, 20” x 24”
5/23
Landscape with Poppies (on the backside of California Baroque) circa 1950’s, acrylic on masonite, 36” x 48”
6/23
Between Two Extremities, circa 1970’s, acrylic on canvas, 36” x 40”
7/23
California Mountain Vista, circa 1990’s, acrylic on canvas, 34” x 44”
8/23
California Vista Series, 1993, acrylic on four 16” x 20” canvas panels
9/23
Celebration, 1994 (Yucatan, 1978 back), acrylic on masonite, 25” x 35”
10/23
Yucatan, 1978 (back Celebration, 1994), acrylic on masonite, 25” x 35”
11/23
Two Coyotes, 1995, acrylic on canvas, 24” x 36”
12/23
Fallen Branches, 1971, acrylic on canvas, 24” x 30”
13/23
High Sierras, circa 1990’s, watercolor on paper, 16” x 20”
14/23
In the Mind's Eye (The Double Visio of Michael Robartes), acrylic on canvas, 30” x 36”
15/23
Life Cycle, 1991, acrylic on canvas, 49” x 49”
16/23
Moon Cycle: Waxing and Waning, 1990, acrylic on canvas, 28” x 34”
17/23
Moonlight Reflection, 1989, watercolor on paper, 14" x 16”
18/23
Pacific Shore, circa 1990’s, watercolor on paper, 16” x 20”
19/23
Poppy Field, 1994, acrylic on canvas, 24” x 30”
20/23
Road to Yosemite, 1981, acrylic on canvas, 18” x 24”
21/23
San Fernando Hills, 1990, acrylic on canvas, 24" x 48”
22/23
**The Embrace (Eternity is Passion) circa 1970's, acrylic and mixed media on canvas, 48” x 48”
23/23
Untitled Abstract, circa 1950’s, acrylic and enamels on masonite, 36" x 48”
THE POETRY OF WILLIAM BUTLER YEATS

*The Song of Wandering Aengus ( Inspirtion of CALIFORNIA BAROQUE)

I went out to the hazel wood,

Because a fired was in my head,

And cut and peeled a hazel wand,

And hooked a berry to a thread;

And when white moths were on the wing,

And moth-like stars were flickering out,

I dropped the berry in a stream

And caught a little silver trout.

 

When I had laid it on the floor

I went to blow the fire aflame,

But something rustled on the floor

And someone called me by my name:

It had become a glimmering girl

With apple blossoms in her hair

Who called me by my name and ran

And faded through the brightening air.

 

Though I am old and wandering

Through hollow lands and hilly lands,

I will find out where she has gone,

And kiss her lips and take her hands:

And walk among long dappled grass,

And pluck till time and times are done

The silver apples of the moon,

The golden apples of the sun.

(Click to Enlarge images)

 

The California State University at Northridge at Oviatt Library Collection

2003 COLLECTION
  • California Baroque, circa 1960, acrylic and mixed media on masonite, 36” x 48”
  • Landscape with Poppies (on the backside of California Baroque), circa 1950’s, acrylic on masonite, 36”x 48”
 
2004 COLLECTION
  • San Fernando Hills, 1990, acrylic on canvas, 24"x 48”
  • Life Cycle, 1991, acrylic on canvas, 49”x 49”
 
2005 COLLECTION
  • The Embrace (Eternity is Passion) circa 1970”s, acrylic and mixed media on canvas, 48”x 48”
  • In the Mind's Eye (The Double Visio of Michael Robartes), acrylic on canvas, 30”x 36”
  • California Mountain Vista, circa 1990’s, acrylic on canvas, 34”x 44”
  • High Sierras, circa 1990’s, watercolor on paper, 16”x 20”
 
2006 COLLECTION
  • California Vista, 1993, acrylic on three 16”x 20” canvas panels 
  • Two Coyotes, 1995, acrylic on canvas, 24”x 36”
  • Poppy Field, 1994, acrylic on canvas, 24” x 30”
  • Pacific Shore, circa 1990’s, watercolor on paper, 16”x 20”
 
2007 COLLECTION
  • Between Two Extremities, circa 1970’s, acrylic on canvas, 36”x 40”
  • A Question of Separation, 1990, acrylic on canvas, 30”x 42”
  • Road to Yosemite, 1981, acrylic on canvas, 18”x 24”
  • Moonlight Reflection, 1989, WATERCOLOR ON PAPER, 14”x 16”

 

2009 COLLECTION
  • Yucatan, 1978 (back Celebration, 1994), acrylic on masonite, 25”x 35”
  • Untitled Abstract, circa 1950’s, acrylic and enamels on masonite, 36"x 48”
  • Moon Cycle: Waxing and Waning, 1990, acrylic on canvas, 28”x 34”
  • Vista with Self-Portrait (4th panel belonging to California Vista Series), 1993, 16”x 20”

 

2011 COLLECTION
  • Desert Series #1, circa 1990’s, acrylic on canvas, 24”x 36”
  • Desert Series #2, circa 1990’s, acrylic on canvas, 24”x 36”
  • Desert Canyon, circa 1990’s, acrylic on board, 20”x24”
  • Fallen Branches, 1971, acrylic on canvas, 24”x 30”
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