Rebecca Sobin: oil and cold wax painting
Grace Renee Gallery proudly represents oil and cold wax painter Rebecca Sobin. Browse a large collection of contemporary fine art. Find glass art, paintings, sculpture, mixed media, bronze art and fine jewelry.
An intuitive painter, Rebecca Sobin is inspired through both the internal and external aspects of her life. The world creates her palette and gives her subject matter, which is then interpreted into a mostly abstract form, derived from her internal landscape. Color and form develop through improvisational wandering — a place, an emotion, an act of creation in a dream state, all inform the texture, light and gesture of a piece.
Textures and layers in Sobin’s work are all applied by hand, or with tools such as a squeegee, a palette knife and at times common household objects. Painting in oil and cold wax medium allows her to create deep, rich layers of color to which she then adds transparent glazes to create a translucent quality. To enhance the topography and the mystery of a piece, Sobin buries objects or materials within the layers — such as handmade papers, coffee grounds, flower petals, paper wasp nest and powdered pigments. A glimpse of these articles and earlier colors are seen as the paints are added and then reduced by digging into a painting’s history, as in an archeological record.
Sobin’s paintings are done on cradled wood panels with some paintings having an added sculptural effect, such as niches and 3D structures on the panels. Found objects and old wood are utilized when possible, contributing to the history of each piece. After all, Sobin views her work as a journey. Having lived in different regions throughout time, the topography, people, flora, fauna and cultural aspects of place have added direction, depth and nuance into the stories they each hold — the stories that the viewer can integrate into their own internal landscape.