- Robert Dozono
A monograph illustrating the 45-year career of a respected painter and teacher
Robert Dozono has spent his career trying to avoid becoming famous. Since the early 1970s, he has lived in Portland, Oregon: teaching, making work, exhibiting only at a co-operative gallery, and developing a community of hundreds of students and disciples drawn to his patient, workmanlike approach to picture-making (it is not unusual for him to work years on the same subject, recording differences in light, atmospheric quality, and his own evolving eye).
Mr. Dozono is a collector and recycler. He has not taken regular garbage service for almost twenty years; whatever he could not compost, he kept and worked into his paintings. Upon a ground of empty toothpaste tubes, plastic caps and other packaging detritus, he works landscapes that are impressionistic – owing to the variety of their surface – and precise: as in the work of the English portraitist Frank Auerbach, the paintings resolve themselves startlingly at a few paces’ remove.
Accumulation is an effort to do something similar: to collect his life’s work, and also to step back and reveal the patterns of inquiry contained therein: in images, in brief reflections from his colleagues and students, and in his own observations on seeing, drawing, color and the daily practice of painting.