Nationally recognized and exhibited, Robert Dilworth has won awards, grants and fellowships too numerous to mention in a career spanning 40 years. Working full-time as an artist, Bob is also a Professor of Art in Painting, Drawing, and Design in the Department of Art & Art History at the University of Rhode Island and Director of the URI Main Art Gallery. His large-scale, mixed media paintings reflect both his technical expertise and his interest in experimental processes.
"The physical process of painting - its vitality - is integral to my work, says Bob. My work has transitioned from emotionally charged abstract imagery painted on non-traditional surfaces to figurative paintings on canvas with mixed-media. My work gives visual expression to my experiences growing up in the South in a large family rich in lively personas. The work explores in a unique manner memory, myths, folktales and spiritual beliefs."
"My current work evolves from a two-year + exploration developing surfaces incorporating mixed media including stencils, stitching, fabric, glue which are integral to the painting. This work in progress moves my contemporary paintings into a new phase of creativity. I am interested in metaphorically depicting life-size figures in various emotional and psychological states and invite the viewer to contemplate its meaning."