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Immanent Grove by Robert Zeller, Oil on Canvas, 28x42
Solo Exhibition
March 4-20, 2015
Opening Reception
Thursday, March 12, 6:00-9:00pm
Meet Robert @ Opening Reception
Artist Talk and Intro @ 7:30pm

Dacia Gallery proudly presents A Space Within, a solo exhibition of recent paintings by Robert Zeller. The artist draws and paints figures in various states of contemplation or meditation. Some of the figures are indoors, some in a pastoral setting, but each is on an internal journey of her/his own. The viewer is invited to engage with the subjects’ mental states, as each piece has several formal points of entry. Recently, Zeller has begun incorporating mandala patterns that float formally across the surface of the paintings. Most are set in a moody Tonalist landscape, either pastoral or urban, and evoke beauty and a deep mystery in the human conscience.


Robert Zeller lives and works in Bushwick, Brooklyn. He splits his time between painting and teaching. Zeller has studied the figure extensively and his work explores narratives related to the human form while blending poetic realism with more modern sensibilities. Zeller is originally from New Orleans, Louisiana, and has resided in New York City for 16 years. He received a BFA from the Boston Museum School and Tufts University, an MFA from the New York Academy of Art, and studied with Jacob Collins at the Water Street Atelier. He is the recipient of two Posey Fellowships and a Pollock-Krasner Foundation Grant. In January 2009, he founded the Teaching Studios of Art, with locations in Brooklyn and Oyster Bay, Long Island. Zeller is presently working on a book about the Figure for Monacelli Press.


I create post-modern Renaissance paintings. They are inquiries into truth, exploring dialectical concepts and the personal perceptions that undergird them. I work within the framework of a figurative, dimensional space that was perfected in the Renaissance. But a great deal has happened in painting since then that shouldn’t be ignored. The Buddha is quoted as having said that, “Where there is perception, there is deception,” and my work is also an effort to uncover my own deceptions. The women and figures I paint are symbols for ideas and conceptions of morality that are beyond them - just as they were in the Renaissance - yet post-modern in the multiple visible layers of unresolved meaning. Their images - and the construction of those images - become a space in which to deconstruct contemporary definitions of painting and my own perceptions of the link between the feminine and the spiritual.


Robert Zeller in the Studio
Tempest, oil on linen, 32 x 36 by Robert Zeller Lucid Dream Oil on Linen, 30 x 52 by Robert Zeller Bushwick Nocturne 2, Oil on Canvas, 18 x 24 by Robert Zeller Bushwick Nocturne, Oil on Linen, 15 x 24 by Robert Zeller Economics, Oil on Panel with Paper, 18 x 24 by Robert Zeller Immanent Grove, Oil on Canvas, 28 x 42 by Robert Zeller Vanitas, Oil on Linen, 28 x 42 by Robert Zeller The Radiance at Garviespoint, Oil on Canvas, 28x42 by Robert Zeller Kate, Oil on Panel, 11x14 by Robert Zeller The Frozen Birth, oil on linen, 42 x 28 by Robert Zeller