Artist’s Statement

STATEMENT BY ROBERT:

          “Making a picture of a flying machine can combine the best of all things about picture making. Micro-level of detail can be mixed in with vast abstract cloud shapes and shadows; colors can be both bold and muted. These elements form my personal lens into other times and places, and one of the best things to come out of the work is when it serves as a similar lens to other people.”
end of statement

OLD BIRDS STAYING ALIVE…
About Robert’s Work:          
Robert Karr is a self-taught Fine Artist with an affinity for historical aircraft – especially those of the Great War era.
          His (sometimes overwhelming!) attention to detail has over the years led to his accumulation of an impressive reference library. This great resource lets Robert compare subject data in varying forms and presentations alongside eachother. This, quite often, leads to the discovery of inconsistencies between the sources, particularly between pictures and written accounts, or lack of pertinent information which, over time, may have contributed to misunderstandings of these glorious early flying machines. A passionate on-line discussion groups participant, Robert will “air” such issues for additional input – and will contribute to others’, aswell. A keen mind for consistency and continuity enables Robert to adjust and/or correct some conventional interpretations and reflect these nuances in his paintings and models, making each one a portrait, rather than “just” a painting or a model of “an” airplane.
          BTW – in addition to the actual reference library (which includes a lot of general history books, old international encyclopedias and old periodical books and magazines, as well as the directly aviation-related stuff!), Robert also keeps a huge collection of clippings, brochures, souvenirs, etc., which help him establish recognizably historical backgrounds and settings (as an obvious example, see the Be-2 over Stonehenge – one stone had fallen over in the 1700’s and was not re-positioned until 1957. The painting reflects the still-fallen stone!).
IT’S ALL IN THE DETAILS!