Cathy Gregory Studio Gallery

2000 South 39th Street

Saint Louis, Missouri 63110


Open by appointment

Robert Messick: controlled elegancerobert messick: controlled elegance

August 1 to September 12, 2014
Opening reception, August 1, 6-9 pm

Robert Messick was trained in the traditional techniques of drawing, painting print making and photography at the Art Institute of Chicago graduating with a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree in Advertising Illustration, and Printing Design. While working as a graphic artist in St. Louis, Missouri, Mr. Messick experimented in his leisure time with screen printing, works of oil on rice paper and Illustration.

For the oil on paper pieces paint was mixed in a metal angle iron using a wooden dowel, applied to one side of the paper then folded over and pressed using a metal squeegee. The process was repeated after each application dried to the touch.

He is currently creating digital conceptual art pieces. In addition he has created two bronze castings one from a wood carving and one using 3-D digital printing cast in bronze. Reflecting on new media, “Photoshop offers exciting tools to manipulate photographic images and allows the user to explore digital brush and layer effects not possible with traditional materials. The use of digital media has confronted the artist trained in the traditional methods of working by hand with conflicted sensibilities which are not easily resolved. It has, although, increased my respect for one-of-a-kind works of art.”

1972 — Serigraphs included in Northside Art Association River Roads exhibit with honorable mention
1976 — Printing Industry of America Certificate Award in design for Condcordia Publishing House, St. Louis MO
1990 — Exhibition of works in screen printing and oil on paper at the Goodwin Gaspar Gallery St. Louis, Missouri.
1991 — Exhibition of serigraphs at the Wild Flower Restaurant in St. Louis, MO
2009 — Sculptural work in bronze included in a group show at The Jacoby Art Center Alton, Illinois.

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