SMEAR ART RESUME

ROBERT REDDING JR. 

rob@smearpainting.com

Artist's biography...

Rob Redding, a 41-year-old Atlantan living in New York, is an abstract artist with more than 25 years of painting experience and a growing international profile. From an unlikely start in abstract art, selling professionally at the age of 12, he has shown and sold his trademark Smear paintings from Brussels Belgium to the bayou's of  Louisiana.

The son of an Baptist minister and a school teacher, Redding began his professional art career doing imitations of Jackson Pollock at age 12. He credits his older sister Keena Hunt with taking him to see art at Little 5 Points in Atlanta, an artistically rich community; his mother, who had a great deal of artistic talent, and his third grade art teacher, who encouraged him. "I recall showing and selling my art work at the Fayette County (GA) Old Courthouse Art Show when I was a child," he said. "Like many who struggle toward any type of achievement, success in life is not about one big break but a series of small ones."

A little more than a decade later, in 2000, he branched into his own artistic style of "Smear Painting" - a vexing mix of gestural colors and psychedelic works. "I went back to a place that I found myself in when I was a child in my garage studio. I recalled that I created a red, white and yellow painting that I thought was worth re-exploring," he said.

He started establishing Smear painting with the "Black Series" in 2003. There were seven 30" x 40" inch works of one primary color engulfed by a black vortexes. The next year he pushed the values of constructivism and Neoplasticism with a signature work and other supporting works. During the same time he created a "Fractured" series of paintings, taking Pollock's style and adding Smeared backgrounds and interrupted lines. These works would gain the attention of the Washington, D.C. art community, where he was living at the time. "It is always an event anytime Rob Redding's smear paintings are featured," wrote John Blee, a respected critic and artist. Blee's review came after Redding landed among the top 10 on respected art collector Philip Barlow's "Pick List." His is works have also been included in the independent film "Art House."

After a five year break, just after Redding went back to school to finish his degree in 2009, he began Smearing on aluminum foil. These works were exhibited in shows in Monroe Louisiana, where they were created, and in a four story, more than 30 painting solo show in Atlanta's Castleberry Hill community in 2011.

Redding made a major leap when he moved to Brussels Belgium where he picked up residency at Discover Contemporary Art in the city's artistic hub. There he debuted his new "Deconstruction" works alongside Ben Heine. The works are both gestural and constructivist. He now just concluded his Master in Arts from Marshall in West Virginia and is working on a Black on White series.

His art has appeared in AM New York, Chelsea Now, Express and Gay City.

Redding talent does not begin and end with art. He is also a professor, author, journalist and nationally syndicated radio host. He teaches at several universities in New York City. He has been featured in Upscale magazine; won an ADDY award; named one of “The 100 Most Important Radio Talk Hosts in America” by Talkers magazine; profiled as an “Industry Leader” in radio by Allaccess.com; and has received a proclamation from the Atlanta City Council for his work. His award-winning Web site, ReddingNewsReview.com, is a leading source for black news on the Internet. He has won an award from the Associated Press and three consecutive Black Web Awards.

SOLO EXHIBITIONS

Oct. 11, 2016 to Feb. 1, 2017
"Black on White"
Silver Spurs, New York, N.Y.

Nov 5, 2016  to Dec. 1, 2017
"Black on White"
Producers' Club Theaters & Bar, New York, N.Y.

Nov. 15, 2016 to Nov. 21, 2016
"Black on White"
Ouchi Gallery, Brooklyn, N.Y.

Oct. 10, 2016 to Oct. 24, 2016
"Black on White"
Cones, New York, N.Y.

March 11, 2011
"2nd Friday ArtStroll at Castleberry Hill in Atlanta"
The Ice Cream Loft located on 322 Peter Street No. 2. Atlanta, Ga.

Feb. 1, 2006 - Feb. 26, 2006
"Smeared"
Warehouse, Washington, D.C.

Jan. 25, 2005 - Feb. 28, 2005
The "Black Show"
Skewers, Washington, D.C.

August 2004
The "Black Show"
The Apex, Atlanta, Ga.

February 2004
The "Black Show"
Brenau University, Atlanta, Ga.

May - June 1990
Fayette County Library
Fayette County, Ga.

February - March 1989
Fayette County Junior High School Library
Fayette County, Ga.

GROUP EXHIBITIONS

Aug. 1, 2016 to Present
"Group Show"
Savoy, Brooklyn, N.Y.

Sept. 2, 2016 to Sept. 11, 2016
"Group Show"
Ouchi Gallery, Brooklyn, N.Y.

March 1, 2014 to March 22, 2014
"Group Show"
Discover Contemporary Art, Brussels, Belgium

February 10, 2011
"Gallery Crawl"
UPSTAIRS and Big Room, Monroe, La.

July 24, 2008 - July 20, 2008
"Heaven and Hell"
The Gallery, Melbourne, Fla.

July 6, 2008 - July 20, 2008
"White show"
Imago Fine Art & Fine Wine, Melbourne, Fla.

June 6, 2008 - July 5, 2008
"Dream"
Imago Fine Art & Fine Wine, Melbourne, Fla.

July 28, 2007 - Sept. 1, 2007
"Summer of Love"
Imago Fine Art & Fine Wine, Melbourne, Fla.

Sept. 29, 2006 - Oct. 30, 2006
"Fall Harvest Exhibition"
Gallery 5, Washington, D.C.

Sept. 8, 2005 - Oct. 2, 2005
"Where is the peace?"
Warehouse, Washington, D.C.

Nov. 12, 2004 - Dec. 05, 2004
Artomatic 2004
Washington, D.C.
Awarded Seventh Place on collector Philip Barlow's "Pick List"

May 21, 2004 - June 15, 2004
Art Romp 16
Warehouse, Washington, D.C.

February 2000
Consignment
Gallery 2000, Washington, D.C.

Jan. 12, 1990
"One Night Stand"
New Visions Gallery
Atlanta, Ga.

March 1989 - 1991
Participant in the Old Court House Art Show
Fayetteville, Ga.

Oct. 29 - 30 1988
Art in the park
Little Five Points, Atlanta, Ga.

Bibliography

AM New York, Chelsea Now, Express and Gay City, "Adverts" November, 2017.

Blee, John. The Georgetowner, "Review" October, 2006.

GALLERY COLLECTIONS

2005 "Untitled Orange and Black"
Warehouse, Washington, D.C.
Acrylic on canvas 15' X 15'

PUBLIC ART

2014 "Untitled"
Terhulpsesteenweg
268 Chaussée de la Hulpe Bruxelles 1170
Watermael-Boitsfort, Belgium
Acrylic on canvas - Two 40' x 40'

1994 "Hollows Eve"
Sandy Creek High School
Tyrone, Ga.
Acrylic on canvas 30' X 40'

EDUCATION

Marshall University
Master of Arts
Huntington, WV.

University of Louisiana
Bachelor of Arts
Monroe, La.