Painting beyond earth. - Rob Redding


Welcome to Rob Redding's art statement and biography ...

Artist's Statement...

Technique is just as powerful as the color used to express it. Like the blue sky is painted with clouds, raw exposed canvas is used as part of a constructivist expressionistic (ConEx) backdrop and foreground which are peeled away once surrounded by the sgraffito interrupting my Jackson Pollock-inspired gestural drip style. The sky has a picturesque story to tell and so do the arresting and sometimes adventitious collision of colors in my Smear Paintings.

Artist's biography...

Rob Redding, a 41-year-old Atlantan living in New York, is a constructivist expressionistic (ConEx) abstract artist with more than 25 years of painting experience and a growing international profile. From an unlikely start, selling professionally in the abstract art world at the age of 12, he has shown and sold his trademark Smear paintings from Brussels Belgium to the bayou's of  Louisiana.

The son of an Baptist minister and a school teacher, Redding began his professional art career doing imitations of Jackson Pollock at age 12. He credits his older sister Keena Hunt with taking him to see art at Little 5 Points in Atlanta, an artistically rich community; his mother, who had a great deal of artistic talent, and his third grade art teacher, who encouraged him. "I recall showing and selling my art work at the Fayette County (GA) Old Courthouse Art Show when I was a child," he said. "Like many who struggle toward any type of achievement, success in life is not about one big break but a series of small ones."

A little more than a decade later, in 2000, he branched into his own artistic style of "Smear Painting" - a vexing mix of colors and psychedelic works. "I went back to a place that I found myself in when I was a child in my garage studio. I recalled that I created a red, white and yellow painting that I thought was worth re-exploring," he said.

He started establishing Smear painting with the "Black Series" in 2003. There were seven 30" x 40" inch works of one primary color engulfed by a black vortexs. The next year he pushed the values of Neoplasticism with a signature work and other supporting works. During the same time he created a "Fractured" series of paintings, taking Pollock's style and adding Smeared backgrounds and interrupted lines. These works would gain the attention of the Washington, D.C. art community, where he was living at the time. "It is always an event anytime Rob Redding's smear paintings are featured," wrote John Blee, a respected critic and artist. Blee's review came after Redding landed among the top 10 on respected art collector Philip Barlow's "Pick List." His is works have also been included in the independent film "Art House."

After a five year break, just after Redding went back to school to finish his degree in 2009, he began Smearing on aluminum foil. These works were exhibited in shows in Monroe Louisiana, where they were created, and in a four story, more than 30 painting solo show in Atlanta's Castleberry Hill community in 2011.

Redding made a major leap when he moved to Brussels Belgium where he picked up residency at Discover Contemporary Art in the city's artistic hub. There he debuted his new "Deconstruction" works alongside Ben Heine. The works are both gestural and constructivist. He refers to the as constructivist expressionistic (ConEx). He now just concluded his Master in Arts from Marshall in West Virginia and is working on a Black on White series.

Since moving to New York in July 2016, Redding has been noted for his "trademark" ConEx style by NY Art Beat. He was compared to James Baldwin and art called "iconic" by NY art critic Per Larson. His art has appeared in Art News, AM New York, Chelsea Now, Express and Gay City newspapers. His first juried art show in NYC was covered by Out Magazine. He has also been listed in Art in America magazine.

Redding talent does not begin and end with art. He is also a professor, author, journalist and nationally syndicated radio host. He teaches at several universities in New York City. He has been featured in Upscale magazine; won an ADDY award; named one of "The 100 Most Important Radio Talk Hosts in America" by Talkers magazine; profiled as an "Industry Leader" in radio by; and has received a proclamation from the Atlanta City Council for his work. His award-winning Web site,, is a leading source for black news on the Internet. He has won an award from the Associated Press and three consecutive Black Web Awards.

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