San Francisco

Robert Harvey

Gumps Gallery

These paintings in oil are meticulous experiments by an adroit technician. Mr. Harvey, until recently, was concerned with nature and landscape in an abstract impressionistic vein having many similarities of style and execution with the work of Art Holman, also represented by this Gallery. In his current statements, however, Mr. Harvey is intrigued with juxtaposing the refractive auras of impressionistic paint handling with areas of hard-edged linearity. Frequently there is a central figure reminiscent of Bacon or Oliveira appearing, featureless and diaphanous, against a Victorian stained glass window or a crisply defined parquet floor. One feels that there are exploratory exercises in Mr. Harvey’s search for a more personal idiom; as such, they are skillfully executed and technically imaginative.

Knute Stiles