Wed, Oct 13, 2010, 12:26 pm, 2010. Enamel on aluminum. 36 x 60 inches. Courtesy of the artist.

Menomonie, WI


Robert Atwell’s geometric abstractions are hand-painted reiterations of computer-generated imagery. His highly industrial medium, enamel on aluminum, is characteristic of the sign industry—an arena with which he is familiar, having worked, post-college, creating graphics for store windows and factory walls. The glistening surface of this medium is well suited for Atwell’s visually electric palette of loud color and rigid form. Although his abstract compositions are ambiguous in meaning, the artist draws inspiration from architecture, consumer culture, and the flat, open landscapes of the Midwest, associations familiar to contemporary American viewers. 


Robert Atwell grew up in Nevada, Iowa. He received an MFA from Iowa State University in Integrated Visual Arts in 2002. He lives in Menomonie, Wisconsin where he is currently an Associate Professor in the School of Art and Design at the University of Wisconsin–Stout. Atwell creates paintings, installations, and works on paper and has shown in a number of group and solo exhibitions across the United States. He is represented by the Simon Gallery in Morristown, New Jersey; Kathryn Markel Fine Arts in New York City; and Gilman Contemporary in Ketchum, Idaho.