Wichita artist Rob Compton draws inspiration from the landscapes that we often take for granted. Where we see hills, clouds and trees, Compton sees an artistic opportunity.
“My paintings continuously explore the landscape as a means to create works that are both meditative and dramatic, and I find that the full spectrum of representation more fully allows the character of each scene to emerge,” Compton said.
Compton’s paintings will be exhibited in the Riney Fine Arts Gallery from Feb. 21 to March 17, including a Final Friday reception on Feb. 25. The exhibit and reception are free and open to the public.
Compton is mainly a self-taught artist who has spent a great deal of time studying the past masters and contemporary artists, observing the natural world, and working with his medium on a daily basis. Additionally, the artist, who lives in Wichita’s College Hill, spent a year studying at the Kansas City Art Institute.
“Primarily I look to the landscape as a means of conveying a simpler perspective,” Compton said. “Too often our lives seem consumed by our work, our tight schedules, our cluttered city streets; but in these paintings, the landscape has been reduced to the bare essentials: land, sky, light. I look to the landscape, and attempt to distill images that move the viewer through the space and light of the painting, while invoking a sense of place and time.”