Birth Name: Robert Mars
Education: Parsons School of Design, New York, NY
Awards: Absolut Vodka Blank Worldwide Advertising Campaign Artist 2012
Represented by Mead Carney
A graduate of Parsons School of Design in New York, Robert Mars’ artwork chronicles an evolving fascination with the Golden Age of American popular culture and celebrates the icons of the 1950’s and 60’s by taking inspiration from this culture long past.
Mars begins his creative process by preparing his surface with multiple layers of brown paper in order to define the edges and delineate the background planes of color. He then alternates layers of paint and vintage paper ephemera, sanding away portions of the layers as he works, revealing the desired portions of under painting with the overall intention to provide the viewer with a muted window into America’s past. Chronicling this fascination with 1950’s and 60’s iconography, Mars has produced a body of artwork from his studio in New York that celebrates the commonplace objects and icons of an America long past, in a thoroughly modern and exquisitely constructed manner.
Robert Mars' eye for a distinct facet of American history is impeccable and his ability to manipulate the color and wordplay of vintage printed material has earned him reference with the likes of Andy Warhol, Robert Rauschenberg, Stephen Shore and Richard Diebenkorn among other masters from the School of Pop.
Corporate and Private Collections:
Philip Morris/Altria, Bank of America, Wells Fargo, Absolut Vodka, Oceania Cruise Lines, Microsoft, adidas, International Museum of Collage, Assemblage, and Construction, PRPS, Jeff Schaller, Jane Maxwell, ESPN X Games Division, Nike Communications, Dennis Bredow, New Bedford Art Museum, Wade Ehrlich Design, Cherner Auto Group, Arturo Zavala Haag.