Robert Massy, Canadian artist-painter, born in Montreal in 1973.
My work is about imagination, music, life, human nature, feelings, emotions, the power of the mind, evolution, history, symbolism, Fibonacci, sacred geometry, spirituality and the years I spent on the edge trying to figure all of this out. Today I convert all of that but mostly sound; a chosen music playlist that I create. Then like a choreographed dance between the energy of my spirit and the canvas, I turn that sound and my visions into visual art. At the moment I get most of my inspiration from nature, for example different kinds of fungi, mushrooms, underwater wonders especially Medusa Jellyfish and many other fantastical shapes and colours in the world that I discover and rediscover.
I want my viewers to feel an escape into my artwork; like what the sound of an opera might look like if it were put on a canvas, feel the emotions and enjoy the moments away from whatever usually preoccupies their mind on a daily basis. I want them to feel the music in the colours of the whimsical scenery, to use their imagination like they did as a child, things people tend to forget how to do as they are confronted with life’s everyday routines and responsibilities. You don’t teach a child to imagine or play, they just do !
Subject matter is something that chose me through everything I’ve lived, seen and been through, , some elements do tend to change from collection to collection but the dreamy landscapes are omnipresent. I chose acrylic paint for the abstract expressionism art that I do, this style is where I am most comfortable and able to express my emotions the most. I let my subconscious guide me, those first automatiste strokes from my knife or brush dictate the direction of the painting, then I let emotion and imagination take me on a journey until the final steps of the artwork. An exercise of the spirit, the mind, the heart and the body all at once.
In conclusion, my goal as an artist and the purpose of my art in this day and age is to awaken, stimulate and trigger my viewers to search for their own lost sense of imagination. After all, it is what dreams are made of.
“A man who works with his hands is a laborer; a man who works with his hands and his brain is a craftsman; but a man who works with his hands and his brain and his heart is an artist.”
-Louis Nizer 1902-1994