No one loves a good pun more than me, especially when it’s expressed in strange and surreal ways. So I was immediately attracted to the pop-surrealism of Connecticut-based artist Robert Deyber.
I discovered his paintings this past weekend as I strolled the Martin Lawrence Art Gallery in downtown San Francisco, and I was immediately struck by the sly sense of humor behind his work, and by the way he treads that fine line between reality and fantasy, each painting a visual portrayal of a clever turn on a common phrase or euphemism.
But behind his sometimes corny puns lies the work of seriously skilled painter. Working with oil paints on acrylic, Deyber creates imagery that utilizes a combination of highly stylized composition, light, and contrasting colors, a nod to his deep roots in surrealism. Not surprisingly, he lists Salvador Dali and Rene Magritte as two of his key influences.
Humor, art and surrealism … what more could you ask for? Ladies and gentlemen, welcome to the strange and wonderful world of a self-described “visual raconteur,” Robert Deyber.