From the crumbling walls of Morocco to the soaring gothic spires of Prague, quiet moments in the studio and local urban landscapes have each captivated my interest as this body of work developed. - Dale O. Roberts
Artists have a long tradition of stepping outside their normal environments and routines to enjoy unfamiliar sights and experiences. Whether it is the change in the light and atmosphere, or the structures and vistas of different locales, these fresh inspirations filter into and enrich the artists' works when they return to the studio.
In general, my work is a response to places, qualities and objects that I have an intuitive connection with. The medium of Encaustic often serves as the vehicle for my perceptual translation of that reaction into painting. I've been fortunate to travel to a number of countries to study the landscape and react directly to unique light and atmosphere. The work in this show is a record of that experience.
Dale Roberts is an artist who, whether he is painting close to home or in an exotic locale, paints the inspiring. His paintings allow the viewer to experience the artist's distillations of personally captivating moments. We see, enjoy, and reflect upon both new and familiar places presented with renewed curiosity and great complexity.
Visual Journeys is Roberts' second solo exhibition at Gross McCleaf. Well-known in Philadelphia for his still life and landscape paintings, Roberts exhibited for many years at the Rosenfeld Gallery in Old City which closed in 2015. His work has also been exhibited in juried and solo shows throughout the United States and is included in many public and private collections in the US, Canada, and Great Britain. The artist received his BFA from Tyler School of Art at Temple University.