Los Angeles

Robert Moesle

Gallery de Silva, Santa Barbara

Moesle was a fellow student of Kitaj and Borthwick at Oxford University’s Ruskin School of Art in England. A figurative painter, practically all of his paintings have some kind of allegorical social comment. His paintings are not as bright, colorful or bold as his fellow artists’ but he has the same energetic drive to extend his art outside a merely formal frame of reference. This new show adds penetration and depth to his skillful watercolors and embarks on oils with a new concept. Recently returned from Paris, where he has been working for the past three years, he now lives in the Santa Cruz area where the color and light are intense and brilliant. It will be interesting to see what this stimulus does to his muted tones and subdued color.

During his studies at Oxford he was influenced by the drama and images of medieval art and he uses these as a kind of synthesis of time and space. It is emotional painting, refined and rich with line and texture that achieves a subtle balance of form and ideas. The watercolors have a diffused oblique kind of metaphor swimming in their wetness and movement, heraldic images of both past and present, related in a kind of universal pathos and protest. This gentle nudge is sometimes charged with dynamite.

In Never Ending Charge, he executes a skillful watercolor of a Don Quixote figure charging into a diffused, vague area of forms and banners. In From Barren Rocks Angels Fly, also a watercolor, he poses figurative angels in a contrapuntal movement of forms across a murky sky.

Harriette Von Breton