Woodward Gallery NYC / Pool Room Four Seasons / Ghost / Soho
Woodward Gallery is proud to feature Australian Artist BRAD ROBSON at the following locations this Summer Season: The Pool Room Mezzanine of the historic Four Seasons Restaurant at 99 East 52nd Street with large scale urban-scene canvases; with a 15 foot new mural on the Woodward Gallery Project Space at 132A Eldridge Street; and with food paintings at Gourmet Garage, SoHo Windows 24/7 located at 489 Broome Street, NYC.
BRAD ROBSON was born and currently lives and works in Sydney, Australia. Robson started on a graphic designer trek at the age of 19 years. He is a self taught fine artist who developed his technique as he completed studies in Graphic Design and Advertising. Robson became a teacher on Album Sleeve Designs for a college in Sydney while continuously pursing his painting career.
The city, as a representation of vitality and space, galvanized his inspiration to paint with colorful abstracted forms. In 2011, Robson completed a residency in Illustration and Visual Storytelling at the famed School of Visual Arts in NYC. In 2013, Robson had his premiere solo exhibition at the Berlin Collective in Manhattan. Since then, he caught the eye of Director John Woodward and is featured in three simultaneous New York City solo exhibitions.
One of the Four Season’s most iconic pieces of exhibited artwork was by Pablo Picasso, the Spanish artist famous for founding the Cubist movement. The piece in question was a stage curtain painted by Picasso for a production of “Le Tricorne” by the Ballets Russes in 1919. The curtain was displayed in the Four Seasons since it opened in 1959, until it was moved to the New York Historical Society in 2014.
Andy Warhol’s art, which came to be knows as pop art, walks the borders between artwork, commercialization, celebrities, and pop culture. His work incorporated painting, printmaking, silk screening, drawing, photography, and sculpture. Some of his most famous pieces featured Marilyn Monroe, cans of Campbell’s Soup, or Elvis Presley as their subjects. He was highly influential in making everyday topics valid subjects for works of art.
Mark Rothko is one of America’s most famous modern artists. He is famous for his abstract pieces of “multiforms,” large symmetrical rectangles of complementary colors. In 1958, the Four Seasons gave Rothko a commission for a set of large murals to decorate the restaurant, which was just being constructed. It was the largest commission in the modern art world at the time. However, Rothko became dissatisfied with the commission after completing the paintings and kept them from the restaurant. They have since been distributed to modern art museums in the United States, United Kingdom, and Japan.
Jackson Pollock is another highly influential American artist who is well-known for his abstract drip paintings. Pollock characteristically painted onto canvases upon the ground, using brushes, sticks, and other tools to drip paint in all directions. Pollock has been extremely influential, not only in visual art, but in literature and music. While Mark Rothko was working on his commissioned murals, the Four Seasons rented Blue Poles, one of Pollock’s most famous works, for display.
(The Four Seasons Restaurant was the Midtown landmark dining spot in the Seagram building for power brokers, celebrities and well-to-do tourists from 1959 - 2016. Jackson Pollock, Andy Warhol, Robert Rauschenberg, Robert Indiana, Pablo Picasso, Red Grooms, and Richard Hambleton are among the famous Artists to exhibit on their walls. John Woodward, Woodward Gallery was their Art Curator from 2008- 2016.)