Expressions: Painting with Wood
Works by Robert Bruce Weston
October 2, 2020 - November 1, 2020
Opening Reception: Friday, October 2, 2020 (5 to 7pm)
After 30 plus years in the cabinet making industry, Weston created work he designed himself and never did the same design twice, “Indeed I still refuse to duplicate anything I make in my new career, which I refer to as veneer painting because I don’t see my work as marquetry. Marquetry is the craft of assembling small pieces of wood to duplicate pictures or floral patterns or the like. I believe my work is so much more than the craft of marquetry.” His process includes hanging pieces of veneer around his studio and waiting for their best use to come to him. If nothing happens in a reasonable length of time he might turn them over or rotate them 90 degrees until the idea comes to him. “Eventually we communicate and a project comes clear. I believe my work stands for itself. In quality of design, composition and technical craft I believe I am unique. I made fine furniture and libraries for the very wealthy for the last 20 years of my career and spent a good deal of that time perfecting my veneering techniques which has left me free in my retirement now to create new works without needing to learn the technical aspects.”
Robert Bruce Weston was awarded a 2020 individual fellowship by the Delaware Division of the Arts.
Image: Still Life with Forgotten Pear, wood veneer, by Robert Bruce Weston