Hinchley is a rare individual in many respects. He is not only a native Ottawan
but also a successful, local painter.
four years of intensive training at the Ontario College of Art and Design (OCAD),
Rob developed a profound respect for his teachers and those feelings are still
with him today.
in him is an enquiring approach and open mind to all possibilities within the
traditional academic structure, based on the classics and art history. His teachers
influences are demonstrated not only his approaches to teaching and the structure
of his classes, but also in his willingness to share his own work-in-progress
as teaching points, whether during studio or outdoor painting sessions.
was while at OCAD that Rob first experienced plein air painting during
a trip to Algoma. He was intensely affected by that experience: the land, thoughts
of the Group of Seven and what their experiences may have been in that harsh but
beautiful environment. Today, many of Robs classes are en plein air
if the course content and weather permit.
of the painters that influenced Rob are those who have a direct, "painterly"
approach: Van Gogh, Tom Thomson and Cezanne being among his favourites. Among
the abstract expressionist painters, he admires Willem De Kooning and others who
use the act of painting as the subject.
now finds himself wanting to learn even more about past artists, including those
from the Barbizon School, but he also loves Matisse and Chaim Soutine. His contemplation
about those artists includes how they used shapes, forms and negative spaces to
achieve the effect they did.
is also studying paintings of Cezanne, Corot, and Matisse as a comparison for
starting points in his own work: including composition, colour, and surface treatment
of the boards or canvas.
is also widely known for his printmaking and now finds that his printmaking experience
influences his painting and vice versa. In printmaking, he is taking more of a
painterly approach: unique images (series of 1/1 only), loving the technical and
physical aspects of creating a piece that satisfies his ideas and inspiration.
his paintings, collaging the surface with burlap, sand and paper, or creating
bas relief in wood with various tools are the ways that printmaking is influencing
his painting. Rob loves to incorporate found objects: old pieces of wood, bark
and other found objects at the cottage into paintings, or for making prints of
those wood textures.
paintings are now quite large: 4x5 which he creates in his home studio,
either from ideas or from his plein air sketches. To prevent warping,
Rob works on framed boards onto which he wraps burlap to create bas relief and
textures by adding sand into the paint.
start, he draws a structured composition from his inspiration on the wood surface
and then allows the painting to be developed and be created on its own.
Rob is not teaching at the Ottawa School of Art (OSA), Algonquin College and the
Visual Arts Centre, Orleans (VACO), he studies works in many galleries, including
the National Gallery of Canada and researches books in libraries.
has exhibited extensively, both nationally and internationally, since 1991. During
his student years at OCAD, he was encouraged to submit his prints to the juried
International Print Biennale Congress in Maastricht, Holland and the Kyoto Japan
Exchange Exhibition in Kyoto, Japan.
he has exhibited with the Karsh-Masson, Robertson and La Gallerie dArt Jean
Claude Bergeron, as well as exhibitions in Montreal, New York, Toronto and smaller
venues in Ontario.
work is held in public and private collections including: the 1997 APEC leaders
of Canada, Australia, Brunei, China, Hong Kong, Indonesia, Japan, Malaysia, New
Zealand, Papau New Guinea, Taiwan, Philippines, Singapore, South Korea, Thailand,
& the United States of America, the Ontario College of Art Printmaking, Abitibi
Price, and Gallery 39 in Belleville Public Library
Rob Hinchleys work can be viewed at Galerie St-Laurent+Hill, 333 Cumberland
Street in the Byward Market (789-7145) or online at www.galeriestlaurentplushill.com.
examples of Robert Hinchley's work
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