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b. 1948, USA

Robert Yarber Biography

Texan artist Robert Yarber is renowned for his dizzying large-scale paintings of figures flying in the night sky above glittering megacities. His extraordinary hallucinatory style has been credited as the inspiration for Terry Gilliam's Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas, and has earned him global acclaim.

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Combining the influence of ancient pre-Columbian cultures and Mexican art with modern-day schlock horror and comic-strip grotesque, Yarber's work, at once disturbing and comedic, trashy and mythical, embodies an eternal contemporaneity.

Yarber's palette is dominated by iridescent sherbet tones-a nod to the transcendental, as well as to more populist art forms. He has long been fascinated by the class associations of colour–colour has always been considered to be a lower dimension of sensability–an element he uses playfully to draw in multifarious influences from both high and low art in his work.

His multi-tiered, dreamlike landscapes evoke a sense of the sublime, recalling the mountainous arid regions of Utah, Arizona and Mexico, as well as a more Wagnerian fantasyland of chalets in the snow-peaked Alps. Some of the drawings have a more subterranean setting, a strange cavernous netherworld presided over by a top-hatted grim reaper–a dapper death figure who has become a sort of mascot in Yarber's art.

These are works that delight, shock and engage in equal measure and which require the viewer to immerse themselves entirely in Yarber's universe.

Yarber has exhibited internationally since the early 1980s, having achieved recognition through his inclusion in the 1984 Venice Biennale and the 1985 Whitney Biannial. In 1989 Yarber's work was included in the Horn of Plenty exhibition at the Stedelijk Museum in Amsterdam. He has had exhibitions at Sonnabend Gallery, New York; Virginia Museum of Fine Arts, Richmond; and Peggy Guggenheim Collection, Venice, amongst others.

Text courtesy Reflex Amsterdam.

Robert Yarber Featured Artworks

Always Already by Robert Yarber contemporary artwork drawing
Robert Yarber Always Already, 2010 coloured pencil on paper
35.5 x 28 cm
Reflex Amsterdam Contact Gallery
They're Using Iridology by Robert Yarber contemporary artwork drawing
Robert Yarber They're Using Iridology, 2013 coloured pencil, pastel, ink on paper
147 x 121 cm
Reflex Amsterdam Contact Gallery
The End of Time is Over by Robert Yarber contemporary artwork drawing
Robert Yarber The End of Time is Over, 2013 coloured pencil, pastel, ink on paper
203 x 114 cm
Reflex Amsterdam Contact Gallery
It's Not Our Fault by Robert Yarber contemporary artwork drawing
Robert Yarber It's Not Our Fault, 2013 coloured pencil, pastel, ink on paper
203 x 152 cm
Reflex Amsterdam Contact Gallery
The Collapse of the Now Could not Have Come at a Better Time by Robert Yarber contemporary artwork drawing
Robert Yarber The Collapse of the Now Could not Have Come at a Better Time, 2010 coloured pencil on paper
35.5 x 28 cm
Reflex Amsterdam Contact Gallery
WWWWW? by Robert Yarber contemporary artwork drawing
Robert Yarber WWWWW?, 2010 coloured pencil, pastel, ink on paper
96.5 x 61 cm
Reflex Amsterdam Contact Gallery
Artist and Model by Robert Yarber contemporary artwork drawing
Robert Yarber Artist and Model, 2010 coloured pencil on paper
35.5 x 28 cm
Reflex Amsterdam Contact Gallery
Hidden Hand by Robert Yarber contemporary artwork drawing
Robert Yarber Hidden Hand, 2010 coloured pencil on paper
35.5 x 28 cm
Reflex Amsterdam Contact Gallery

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