Influenced by the California plein air tradition, Robert Abbott draws on this history bringing to it a contemporary exploration of color and composition. Focused on finding the unexpected in the everyday, he creates minimalist paintings depicting an agrarian landscape that is real rather than idealized.
Robert Abbott was born and raised in Carpinteria. He attended UCSB’s College of Creative Studies, where he studied art and writing, graduating with a degree in literature in 1999. The son of an artist and a farmer, the outdoor environment has always been a central part of his life. He currently spends his time growing avocados, flowers and vegetables on the farm where he grew up, and painting as much as possible.
A frequent guest artist with the Oak Group, Abbott has been exhibiting at Marcia Burtt Gallery for the past two years.