Robert Freeman has been showing nationally for over 20 years, and has been included in the collections of the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, the National Center for African American Artists, Boston Public Library, Brown University and DeCordova Museum. His paintings have been featured in exhibitions at Rose Art Museum at Brandeis University, Museum of Fine Arts, Boston and Williams College Museum of Art, Williamstown, MA.
Known for his vivid and powerful figurative paintings, Robert Freeman has traditionally focused on the interactions between people in his work. Skillful, brave use of color and gesture are the trademark of Freeman's work and make his figures nearly abstract.
robert freeman | about the artist
The African American community is as complex as any other. It has no single voice, no single way of seeing the world, and no single way of producing art, music, literature or theater. My paintings explore and celebrate the beauty, elegance and grace of the black middle class through my personal experience.
Much of my work draws inspiration from my childhood spent between two cultures: the Gold Coast, West Africa (now Ghana) and the East Coast of the United States. In my latest exhibition, New Works, I revisit the themes of race and culture that I explored in “Black Tie” (1981), part of a series that comments on the personal conflict I felt as African-Americans settled into middle-class life following the racial tensions of the 1960s and 1970s
Read the profile of Robert Freeman that is featured on Capital Community News. The article features the artist's view on when a work is complete and reviews Robert Freeman's show at the Zenith Gallery.
Watch the video of Robert Freeman talking about his painting, "Talking Drums", which was on exhibit as part of the, "Community of Artists" exhibition at Danforth Art. The "Community of Artists" show ran from June 9 - August 4, 2013.
Watch Robert Freeman speaking about Archiblad Motley's painting, Cocktails, as part of the multi-media African American Artists Tour created by the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston.
For additional details please download the, "Robert Freeman Biographical" pdf, which includes information on Robert Freeman's exhibits, works placed in collections and teaching experience.
Watch Robert Freeman describe his creative process in a video from Rochester's WXXI-TV.