SMEAR ART RESUME

ROBERT REDDING JR. 

rob@smearpainting.com

ARTIST'S BIOGRAPHY...

Rob Redding, a 42-year-old Atlantan living in New York, is a constructivist expressionistic (ConEx) abstract artist with more than 25 years of painting experience and a growing international profile. From an unlikely start, selling professionally in the abstract art world 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 drawing at seven and 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 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 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.

In June 2013, 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. He established a constructivist expressionistic (ConEx) style while traveling through Saint-Gilles in Brussels. This is where expressionism meets constructivism. The style blends his smeared style with reductive geometric methods. Inspired by a splash of  Pollock, the smears of Richter, the constructivism of Mondrian and the tangents of Twombly his new style debuted in color as "Deconstruction" paintings alongside Ben Heine at Discover Contemporary Art in January 2014. He later refers to the paintings displayed during this time as his first ConEx paintings.

In February 2014, he moved back to America and obtained his Master in Arts from Marshall in Huntington West Virginia in December 2015. While in Huntington, he began working on a ConEx Black on White series in January 2016.

BBC SHOW

In the fall of 2018, he held his controversial "BIG BLACK ̶C̶O̶C̶K̶ CANVAS: SIZE matters – in ART!" show at NoHo M55 Gallery. Redding said "themes of size as it relates to race are so important in the LGBTQ+ and straight communities, just as size and the debate around blackness - in use of color and participation by people of color - are important in the artistic community. This show unapologetically tackles those themes."

NYC art critic Per Larson, who in the past has compared the work to James Baldwin and called the art "iconic", agreed saying viewers of his "BIG BLACK ̶C̶O̶C̶K̶ CANVAS: SIZE matters – in ART!" show will be overwhelmed with "technical wizardry to grab his interest, and meander around within the square without time, and without a mind to get in the way. Viewing at last with his gut."... "It's pure Warhol and Maplethorp."

Art Slant wrote that Redding's BBC show "uses paintings 'Up/Circle Jerk', 'fissure' and 'cock' to spur needed dialog about the familiar black male trope."

Black Star News wrote of the BBC show: "Constructivist Expressionist painter Redding breaths new life into geometric shape with radical reductive smearing of thrown pain. Redding’s art."   

What's more, New York Art Beat also covered the BBC show and in 2017 noted his "trademark" style. Out Magazine covered his first juried art show in NYC, which showcased "Circle Jerk" in NYC. "Circle Jerk" has appeared in Art News, AM New York, Chelsea Now, Express and Gay City newspapers.

BEYOND ART

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

Sept. 4, 2018 to Sept. 22, 2018
"BIG BLACK ̶C̶O̶C̶K̶ CANVAS: SIZE matters – in ART!"
NoHo M55 Gallery, New York, N.Y.

Sept. 16, 2017 to Oct. 20, 2017
"Monodramatic"
Midoma Gallery, New York, N.Y.

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. 31, 2018
"Black Art Matters"
17 Frost Gallery, Brooklyn, N.Y.

July 31, 2018 to Aug. 11, 2018
"Rise"
NoHo M55 Gallery, New York, N.Y.

Oct. 19, 2017 to Oct. 20, 2017 
"Juried Group Show - Different Expectations"
SoHo, N.Y.

Aug. 1, 2016 to Dec. 31, 2017
"Group Show"
Savoy, Brooklyn, N.Y.

June 27, 2017 to July 29, 2017
"Artist -Run"
NoHo M55 Gallery, New York, 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/Eastern Market, 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. "Advert," November, 2017.

Art Cards. "Rob Redding "BIG BLACK C*?k CANVAS: SIZE matters". Retrieved from http://artcards.cc/newyork/show/75618-BIG-BLACK-Ck-CANVAS-SIZE-matters-Noho-M55-Gallery

Art in America. 2017 Guide: Museums, Galleries, Artists. p 161. August 2017. Retrieved from http://www.reddingnewsreview.com/smearsite/Articles/ArtinAmeria.pdf

Art News. "Advert." September 2017.

Art Slant.  BBC- SIZE matters - in ART! - exhibitions & events | ArtSlant. September 2018. Retrieved from https://www.artslant.com/ny/events/show/476277-bbc--size-matters---in-art?tab=EVENT

Black Star News. "BIG BLACK ̶C̶O̶C̶K̶ CANVAS: SIZE matters – in ART!" August 14, 2018. Retrieved from http://www.blackstarnews.com/entertainment/others/exhibition-big-black-̶c̶o̶c̶k̶-canvas-size-matters-in-art.html

Blee, John. The Georgetowner, "Review," October, 2006. Retrieved from http://www.reddingnewsreview.com/smearsite/Articles/Georgtowner.pdf

Blouin Art Info. “RISE 2018!” at Noho M55 Gallery", July, 27, 2018. Retrieved from http://reddingnewsreview.com/wp-content/uploads/2018/08/shot-20180809-11616-15swst4.jpeg

Chelsea Now. "Advert," November, 2017.

Express. "Advert," November, 2017.

Gay City. "Advert," November, 2017.

Larson, Per. "Found: One artist who lives art".," July 23, 2017. Retrieved from https://peronart.com/2017/07/22/found-one-artist-who-lives-art/

NY Art Beat. Rob Redding “BBC: SIZE matters - in ART!” September 6, 2018. Retrieved from http://www.nyartbeat.com/event/2018/9329

NY Art Beat. Rob Redding “Artist Run” - New York Art Beat. June 29, 2017, Retrieved from http://www.nyartbeat.com/event/2017/CF79

Redding, Rob. "Rise 2018", (exhibition catalogue and introduction). 2018.

Yost, Leon. "Artist - Run: Invitational Summer 2017," (exhibition catalogue). 2017.

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.