“This present body of work is a deeper exploration into ways of seeing and translating the visible world into a variety of mediums. These paintings celebrate the inherent qualities of each medium, be they metalpoint, gouache, or encaustic. I am moved to return again and again to individual works and themes as possibilities continue to emerge and change throughout the painting process.”
Dale Roberts is unflinchingly dedicated to color and texture in his signature encaustic paintings and he consistently brings a lively, experimental approach to the representation of his subject matter. He finds beauty in sources as disparate as a gritty urban landscape, his backyard garden, or a selection of familiar objects - scenes that are common and often overlooked.
From flotsam and graffiti to cool, colorful tableaus of his studio workbench, Roberts’ artistic approach fluctuates between representation and abstraction. The artist’s fascination with experimentation leads him to celebrate the possibilities inherent in his chosen mediums while the resulting surfaces of the paintings are often as captivating as the images themselves.
Roberts’ studio is a laboratory of inspiration. He maintains a beautifully curated assortment of antique objects - an array of vintage glass bottles in every shape and color, and thoughtfully-placed assemblages that are all poised to encourage future still life scenes. Recently the artist has brought the same enthusiasm for experimentation to metalpoint, a relatively new medium for him. The silvery drawing technique lends itself to the delicate objects that emerge under his deft hand.
Born in 1959 in Waterville, New York, Roberts is currently living and working in Norristown, PA, a suburb of Philadelphia. Within his studio, he continually refines his visual dialogue with nature by documenting the changing relationships of light, air, and color through painting and drawing.
He is a graduate of Tyler School of Art at Temple University and AAS Rochester Institute of Technology. Roberts’ work has been featured in numerous solo and group exhibitions. His work has been collected by the Museum of Encaustic Art in Santa Fe, New Mexico; PECO in Philadelphia; Wharton School of Business, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania; among others, and he has been featured in numerous publications and reviews.