Robertson’s art practice investigates the condition of social and economic justice in a globalized world. This artistic style of thinking traces itself back to Northern European still life painters who used symbolism to depict mercantile disparities between classes. While these topics are complex and solutions remain elusive, modern thinkers like Arjun Appadurai and Sheldon Wolin address them. These writers describe a kind of cultural autocracy forming from the consolidation of global wealth. These ideas affect how Robertson interprets the control of power and its projection across the world.
Bryan Robertson is a visual artist based in Saint Louis Missouri. Robertson received a Master’s of Fine Arts in painting and drawing from the University of Washington, Seattle in 2016. His recent solo exhibitions are Superpower (2017), Parish Gallery, Saint Louis, Missouri; Altar of Commerce (2017), Cathy Gregory Studio Gallery, Saint Louis, Missouri; Inverted Utopia (2016), the Parc Condominiums, Seattle, Washington. Recent national juried shows include: People's Choice Salon Show (2018), Greenpoint Gallery, New York NY; Light and Shadow (2017), Kemper Center for the Arts at William Woods University, Fulton, MO; Predictions and Perceptions (2017), Tri-Lakes Center for the Arts, Palmer Lake, Colorado; The Chocolate and Art Show (2017), The B-Complex, Atlanta, Georgia; Luck of the Draw (2017), The Foundry Art Center, St. Charles, Missouri; Americana (2016), Tsuga Fine Arts, Bothell, Washington.
Robertson's work will be featured in a poster session at the 2018 College Art Association Conference in Los Angeles. Robertson’s work has also been published in the UMSL Daily Magazine and Studio Visit Magazine (Volume 33), and upcoming editions of the Visual Arts Quarterly St. Louis, 3Elements Literary Review, and the Ladue News. In 2013 Robertson received the Product Invention and Creativity Center Thesis award from the Missouri University of Science and Technology, while at the University of Washington Robertson won the Parnassus Graduating with Excellence Award a committee award for one student from Art, Art History, and Design that recognizes artistic and scholarly achievement. Recent other awards include the Jacob Lawrence Graduate Recognition Award (2016), the Puget Sound Artists Scholarship Grant (2016), and the Vermont Studio Center Artists Grant (2016). Robertson is currently an Adjunct Instructor of foundations at Jefferson College; Hillsboro, Missouri