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Rob de Oude: Light of Day
January 10 - February 16, 2020



Rob de Oude creates his luminous and optically charged oil paintings through the repetition and overlap of lines of color in a grid formation. Working with a specially designed easel in a square format, De Oude creates densely patterned and vibrantly colored compositions that seem to radiate and glow from within. An adjustable guide on the easel allows him to carefully measure and vary the spaces between the color lines while also enabling him to skew them diagonally in certain works. De Oude varies the width of the color bands through his choice of brushes and modulates their transparency and opacity using careful color mixtures and varying densities of application. Because of their precision and optical vibrancy, his paintings are frequently mistaken by viewers to be computer generated but they are carefully and patiently crafted by hand.  
 
While De Oude begins his paintings with certain color choices in mind, his process is open-ended and has no predetermined result. As the works progress, additional colors are intuitively selected as overlapping lines build up. Structured bands of colors are used to create subtle transitions of atmospheric light as the eye travels from side to side, top to bottom, or from corner to corner across the paintings. A number of the panels have been subdivided into four or nine equal sections. In these works, De Oude creates rhythmic patterns with the progression of gradient light and the illusion of changing depth and volume. In other paintings, light bursts outward from the center or slowly recedes into a deep space.
 
Rob de Oude (b. 1970, Den Helder, Netherlands) studied painting, sculpture, and art history at the Hoge School voor de Kunsten in Amsterdam and attended graduate school at SUNY Purchase, NY. He settled permanently in New York in 1997, and his paintings have been exhibited widely in group and solo exhibitions in museums and galleries in the United States and Europe for over two decades. De Oude’s work has been featured in ARTnews, The New Criterion, Artnet, and L Magazine, among others. The artist maintains a studio in Brooklyn and he is a founding member and co-director of the Bushwick gallery Transmitter.
 
  Rob de Oude, Light of Day
Light of Day, 2019
Oil on canvas
48 x 48 inches
Rob de Oude, Plaid Plotter
Plaid Plotter, 2019
Oil on canvas
48 x 48 inches
Rob de Oude, Feature Focus
Feature Focus, 2019
Oil on canvas
48 x 48 inches
  Rob de Oude, Field Trip
Field Trip, 2019
Oil on canvas
48 x 48 inches
Rob de Oude, Quadro
Quadro, 2019
Oil on canvas
24 x 24 inches
Rob de Oude, Lightweight
Lightweight, 2019
Oil on canvas
24 x 24 inches
  Rob de Oude, Spatial Ambivalence/1
Spatial Ambivalence/1, 2019
Oil on canvas
24 x 24 inches
Rob de Oude, Spatial Ambivalence/2
Spatial Ambivalence/2, 2019
Oil on canvas
24 x 24 inches
Rob de Oude, Tumble Toss
Tumble Toss, 2019
Oil on canvas
24 x 24 inches
  Rob de Oude, Photon Fade/1
Photon Fade/1, 2019
Oil on panel
12 x 12 inches
Rob de Oude, Outside In
Outside In, 2019
Oil on panel
12 x 12 inches
Rob de Oude, Inside Out
Inside Out, 2019
Oil on panel
12 x 12 inches
  Rob de Oude, Tunnel Vision
Tunnel Vision, 2019
Oil on panel
12 x 12 inches
Rob de Oude, Viral Spiral
Viral Spiral, 2019
Oil on panel
12 x 12 inches
Rob de Oude, Quadrant/2
Quadrant/2, 2019
Oil on panel
12 x 12 inches
  Rob de Oude, To the Nines/4
To the Nines/4, 2019
Oil on panel
12 x 12 inches
Rob de Oude, To the Nines/3
To the Nines/3, 2019
Oil on panel
12 x 12 inches
Rob de Oude, To the Nines/2
To the Nines/2, 2019
Oil on panel
12 x 12 inches
  Rob de Oude, Slow Forward
Slow Forward, 2019
Oil on panel
12 x 12 inches
  Rod de Oude, installation view 1
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Rod de Oude, installation view 2
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