My art has morphed into geometric abstraction, and relief sculpture, almost all of it realized with the same color palette. My vast experience in architecture strongly informs my work, wherein I was a draughtsman for 25+ years. I began to pursue expressing my forms of visual art in order to chase a feeling of satisfaction I hardly experienced while assisting architects, engineers & designers with realizing their own visions.
My work is enhanced by my obsessive-compulsive nature, fixation on basic arithmetic, proportion, and the number 3. I'm not interested to understand why inasmuch as what 3 may symbolize: the trinity, trilogy, triad, triangle, and the pronouns: mine, yours, theirs, etc. Being a little superstitious about the use of even numbers feeds my use of 3, and other odd numbers.
I believe beauty can be perceived in places wherein we don’t often let our minds spend time: architectural drawings, especially those that have been realized by hand the old-school way. Like fine art they have a presence where it's not necessarily easy to pinpoint the nuances they possess which make them interesting to stare at to begin with.
It's my hope that my draftsmanship & blue-collar ethic elucidates my artwork, and vice-versa; that it ignites a person's curiosity to see more of my work. And, to appreciate the methodology I use to tie together the beauty of form, color, and dimension Z that are always readily available to everyone.
I believe my currently-themed works reflect the marriage of my work ethic & experience in architecture in that there is a strong use of precisely drafted, and laboriously cut & milled wood that might be overlooked under normal circumstances. However, with the use of stark color, mode of attachment, and a representational title, this said work, in the form of a relief sculpture, is very obviously accentuated.
– Bob Provost