Michael Roberts - Iowa City, Iowa
Rubber Stamp Drawings
We are pleased to feature drawings by local artist Michael Roberts, March 5 – April 18. Known as a painter influenced by medieval art, these drawings include images from some of Roberts’ collection of 388 stamps he has himself carved. Also on display are several carved wood whistle sculptures by Connie Roberts, Michael’s wife, who is also the subject of some of his drawings. The artists will be honored at an opening reception during Gallery Walk, March 5, 5-8pm. This self-guided Gallery Walk takes place at 16 venues in downtown Iowa City and is free of charge.
Michael Roberts comments, “Drawing has always been the workhorse of my art.” He discovered the utility of rubber stamps some years ago, first drawing on them and then cutting them out. His library of some 388 stamps is cycled in and out of drawings and sketchbooks. Roberts also uses traditional drawing media such as pen and ink and juxtaposes various types of subject matter.
Roberts is interested in provocative cultural, political and social commentary. His drawings explore a process of thought. He comments, “put everything into a drawing, the good and the bad… You should explore the unknown when you draw.” He is also known for his medieval-style portrait paintings with cryptic references and surfaces defaced by scratched words or symbols.
Michael Roberts is a graduate of San Diego State University and in 1975, received his MFA in painting from the University of Iowa. His work was featured in Jennifer New's 2005 book, Drawing From Life: The Journal as Art.