Full Artist's statement
Drawing inspiration from Pablo Neruda’s classic Ode to Common Things, my “Hardware” series highlights common construction tools and materials. I created the over-sized tool paintings to illuminate, in light and shadow, their graceful, underappreciated shapes - similar to underappreciated family and friends. I painted the works in autumnal colors and composed with close-up perspectives to recast objects from mere hard-edged implements into elegant portraits.
The large format “Hardware” painting series can be exhibited individually or can be presented all together on one large wall at various heights and various positions, as if they were all hung on a giant garage workroom pegboard.
Kevin M. Roberts was born and raised in Los Angeles, California. His work is influenced by artist Edward Hopper and mid-century photographer Julius Shulman. He paints still life, representational and abstract works in oils. He received a Masters in Urban Design from UC Berkeley, where he began oil painting. Roberts also earned his BA from UCLA and MBA from The Wharton School, University of Pennsylvania. He currently resides in Washington, DC, where he manages real estate development and construction projects.