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Artist Robert Thoren


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Biography


An avid proponent and practitioner of plein air painting, Robert Thoren has relished the opportunity to paint the Northern Virginia landscape, particularly the lush terrain of the Shenandoah Valley. Before moving to Virginia in 1993, Robert studied with teachers closely associated with the late Russian emigre impressionist Sergei Bongart, whose work was recently featured in a showing at the Frye Gallery in Seattle together with that of fellow emigres Nicolai Fechin and Leon Gaspard.
Like Sergei, Robert paints in a sensual, impressionistic style emphasizing vivid color and the employ of dramatic brushstrokes. His artistic goal is to suggest spontaneity while maintaining a firm mastery of drawing and painting techniques. In his many still lifes, Robert celebrates the Bongart school's focus upon color and its ability to transform everyday objects into scenes of powerful emotion.



Exhibitions


Mainstreet Gallery two person show, Sept 2010

Wohlfarth Gallery solo show, July 2010
Berkley Gallery group show (New England Harbors), May 2009
Berkley Gallery two person show, Sept 2007
Galerie Europa group show, June 2005
Gleedsville Art Gallery solo show 2003 and 2005
Byrne Gallery solo show 2002
Jubilee Gallery solo show 2000
Burwell-Morgan Mill semi-annual group show, 1999 to present.



Events
 
Sedona Plein-Air juried competition, Oct 2010San Luis Obispo Plein-Air juried competition, Oct 2010San Luis Obispo Plein-Air juried competition, Oct 2009Chincoteague Plein-Air Festival, Sept 20098th Annual Estes Park Plein-Air juried competition, Aug 2009Mountain Maryland Plein-Air juried competition, May 2009Wayne Art Center Plein-Air juried competition, May 2009Chincoteague Plein-Air Festival, Sept 20087th Annual Estes Park Plein-Air juried competition, Aug 20084th Annual Plein-Air Easton juried competition, July 2008Chincoteague Plein-Air Festival, Sept 20073rd Annual Plein-Air Easton juried competition, July 2007
 



Awards



Top Award  -  Most Creative Plein-Air Painting - 8th Annual San Luis Obispo Plein-Air competition, Oct 2009

1st Place  -  Quick Draw  -  8th Annual Estes Park [...]

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