The Custodian of Memory, 1987 | V. Tortuga de Judit, 1997
Animal Spirit, an art exhibition opening in Berkeley in September, offers viewers a rare opportunity to view a breadth of work from famed Bay Area artist and Holy Names University professor, Robert Simons.
The exhibition showcases 16 of Simons’ major works from the past three decades, pulling key pieces from different thematic periods. The earliest works in the show are from his “Duck” painting series (1987-1994), an arresting collection of vibrant mixed-media pieces, haunted and guided by a central, piercing image. The showpiece is pulled from Simons’ “El Nino” period (1995-2003), a fervent series inspired by eternal contrasts and paradoxes. The pieces from this period are mixed-media works comprised of vivid and iridescent hues struck against stark, bottomless blacks. Throughout the exhibition, Simons’ work deftly examines the anonymity, absurdity, and beauty of the human condition.
The Animal Spirit exhibition was organized by Sue Steel, a respected independent curator, and brings together the work of Simons with other compatible artists at the Mythos Fine Art, Firehouse Gallery in North Berkeley.
Simons is a valued member of the HNU community and has taught in the art department of Holy Names University for the past 40 years. Faculty, students, staff, HNU alums, and the general public are invited to attend the exhibition’s opening reception and free public lecture.
Artist Talk with Robert Simons: Saturday, September 16, 3:00 p.m. Free and Open to the Public.
Mythos Fine Art Firehouse Gallery North at 1790 Shattuck Avenue, Berkeley CA 94709