Robert Sinclair"s approach to life is through his art. It centers on the idea of exploration and capturing the ‘big idea’. He considers our reality and spins his visual ‘dance’ to observe, internalize and translate complexity, via a brushstroke or a line, in order to communicate a deep-seated understanding that all things are integrated and ephemeral. Robert’s intent is to show the essence of place or entity. It is an approach that relies on primary form and process. It infuses the subject with a spirit intended to touch core values and elicit memories, inform an idea, connect with a divinity.
Distilled to their essential color, shape and design the representation of weather seems barely there. The linear understructure - the drawing style which underlies all of my work - with watercolor wash parsimoniously applied across the paper’s surface, provides the essential essence of the landforms as well as their immediate seen/unseen environment. The work demonstrates the movement of air against the seeming permanence of place, putting forward impressions on the essentials of life, death, and meaning.
My intent is to capture the ‘big idea.’ My process is to observe, internalize and translate complexity, via a brushstroke or a line, in order to communicate my deep-seated understanding that all things are integrated and ephemeral. My intent is to show the essence of place or entity. It is an approach that relies on primary form and process. It infuses the subject with a spirit intended to touch core values and elicit memories, inform an idea, connect with a divinity.
While my work is ‘subject matter’ oriented, it has never been descriptive. It is about exploring, possibly as a metaphor, what is our reality – the answering or exploring of this question(s) will always be visual not philosophical. Much like sumi-e the most important part of my work is that which is not painted or that which is left unsaid.
My work is about searching for balance, specifically a balancing of opposites, in a sense the ‘yin and yang’ of things (with our geography this means the prairie and the mountain; with the flower it is a recognition of reciprocity). Concurrent to this disciplined approach to form is a free and lyrical use of colour. The result, in my work, is a stillness or quietude as if one is meditating or being presented with a meditative process, ‘the inward path.’
This approach has always involved bringing what is called ‘the beginner’s mind’ to my art. A state where you know you are ignorant and are totally open to what is being presented to you. This is a state of awareness and observation, whether I am in the wide vistas of the Canadian prairie, the grand landscape of mountain tops and valleys or the closer, more intimate, space and interaction with flowers.
It all started
Many years ago
From the window
A road went by our farm and
I followed it…
I “followed my bliss”
Drawing and painting and such
In recent years
And in truth
Just “following the water.”