Taking inspiration from architecture, history, and nature, as well as depicting highly stylized conceptual characters, Rob Brownlee-Tomasso creates texture studies done in mixed media. Often on irregularly shaped canvases and sometimes as multiple canvas installations, the acrylic medium or gesso is applied with a mixture of sand, earth, or other materials to achieve a coarse surface. It is common for earth to be taken from a specific location that is the subject matter of that particular work.
The main goals of his artistic expression are to find creative and dramatic subject matter that can work in conjunction with textured surfaces, and to complete compositions that are enhanced by these textures. The subject matter is an interpretation of a specific concept or theme that is inspiration of the piece.
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