Robert Mars

All of these collages by Robert Mars are so great, and they have such a great style and feel. You can see right off the bat where he gets his inspiration, and the way he layers and peels away at the layers really reflects this 1960s ephemeral look. His collages conjure up for me road trip memories of the past that I've never even had.

Robert Mars,
New York

Describe your work in 10 words or less.

My view of Pop Culture in America in the 1960s.

What do you like to work with (magazines, photographs, vintage)? Be specific!

Vintage travel maps, 1960s Look, Life, Playboy, Time, Motor Trend, Field and Stream magazines and vintage, yellowed newspapers.

How long have you been creating collages and what made you start?

I recently found a collage I made at 7 years old so I guess my whole life. This specific body of work since 2001.

Are you solely an artist, or do you work in another profession?

I am also the design director for Zoo York skateboards.

Do you have any formal art training?

4 years of schooling at Parsons School of Design, NYC.

Explain your favourite techniques.

Exploring and experimenting with building layers and removing layers so the underlayers show through. The same effect that time and weather have on objects only quicker.

Describe your favourite piece ever created.

Palms Motel created for my Kidder Smith show in 2007.

What other artists do you admire?

Jeff Schaller, Melody Postma, Randall Reid, Kareem Rizk, Brandon McLean, Twist, Grotesk, Christian Acker, Thomas Campbell, Robert Rauschenberg, Richard Diebenkorn, Richard Misrach, Dalek, Dave Kinsey, Jane Maxwell all have had profound influence on my work and my life.

Thanks Robert!

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