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    ROBIN UTTERBACK (American, b. 1949)
    Untitled (#101), 1982
    Acrylic and cloth on canvas
    Inscribed verso
    37-1/4 x 30-1/4 inches (94.6 x 76.8 cm)

    PROVENANCE:
    Watson/de Nagy & Company, Houston (label verso).


    More Information:

    Robin Utterback was a contemporary abstract artist based in Houston and an integral part of the art community there for more than thirty years.  He is often described as a "painter's painter". Inspired by the work of Pierre Bonnard and Jackson Pollock, among others, Utterback's oeuvre varied from monochromatic planes emphasizing surface and light, to deconstructed, three-dimensional reliefs in which paint and plaster were layered directly upon the wooden substrate of the canvas. In his later work, drawing began to play a dominant role and he explored line and gesture by painting on unprimed canvas.

     

    On March 30, 2007, he met an untimely and violent death at the hands of his partner.  His last show, a retrospective entitled, "Remembering Robin Utterback", was a tribute to the legendary painter.

     

    His work can be found in the collections of the Houston Museum of Fine Arts and The Menil Collection. 



    Condition Report*: Overall in excellent condition.  Minor surface grime along the edges.
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    Auction Dates
    December, 2008
    11th Thursday
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