Robert Tynes: Contemporary Trompe L’Oeil Paintings

Robert Tynes, Rhapsody, acrylic and oil on panel, c. 60 x 72 inches.Betty Ray McCain Art Gallery
Gallery Hours: Monday-Friday, 9:00 a.m. 5:00 p.m.

(and when performances occur)
Duke Energy Center for the Performing Arts
2 East South Street
Raleigh, North Carolina
May 1 – September 28, 2014

Robert Tynes, professor of art at UNC Asheville, has a solo exhibition of his illusionistic paintings currently on display at the Betty Ray McCain Art Gallery of the Duke Energy Center for the Performing Arts in Raleigh. Lee Hansley, of Lee Hansley Gallery in Raleigh, represents Robert Tynes and curated the exhibition of 17 paintings. An opening reception is scheduled for Thursday, May 22, from 5:00 – 7:00 p.m. The exhibition will continue through September 28, 2014.

The Duke Energy Center for the Performing Arts is a downtown arts complex, which houses one of the largest suites of live-performance venues in the Southeast. The downtown Raleigh entertainment center is the main scene for theater, dance, and classical and popular music in Raleigh. Some of the various components of the center include Memorial Auditorium, Meymandi Concert Hall, A. J. Fletcher Opera Theater, Kennedy Theater, and the Betty Ray McCain Art Gallery.

Robert Tynes, Mistaken Identities Revisited, acrylic on panel, c. 43 x 60 inches.Artist’s Statement: “In recent years, I have been working on a series of 'cutout' panel paintings in which the illusion of the object is intensified. This is achieved by allowing the trompe l'oeil painting of objects to extend beyond the perimeter of the painting's perceived boundary. Using large, single sheets of birch plywood as the support, the panels are carefully cut and shaped to create this added effect. Such construction allows the illusion of the objects to move beyond merely projecting toward the viewer, to extending outside the periphery of the paintings, including casting shadows on the wall. When properly lighted, the actual shadows falling on the wall match up with the painted shadows to enhance the illusion.

My paintings combine abstract brush marks with trompe l'oeil illusionism. The juxtaposition of these opposite ways of working results in a dialectic approach to painting. The visual tension that exists in the work reflects the dualities and paradoxical nature of the world as I see it. The paintings can be seen as simultaneously abstract and hyperrealistic, active yet calm, or both contemplative and humorous.

Reconciling different technical approaches to painting allows each method to contribute to the overall mood and feeling of a work. Through the use of illusion, the paintings convey both a sense of mystery and humor, and reflect my longtime interests in Surrealism, as well as the psychology of perception."