The 2013 fair will honor Houston native Robert Pruitt as Artist of the Year. Pruitt is known for his drawings and sculptures about the complexity of Black identity. He combines the contrasting signs and imagery of disparate Black influences and aesthetics to examine historical and contemporary experiences of African Americans. The artist currently has an exhibition, Robert Pruitt: Women, on view at the Studio Museum in Harlem in New York through October 27. Robert will be interviewed by PaperCity’s Art Editor, Catherine Anspon. He is represented by Hooks Epstein Galleries.
Pruitt works with a wide-range of mediums creating an interesting and unique art portfolio. He makes drawings, photographs and sculptures. His drawings are commonly created using charcoal and conte while his sculptures are often made from found objects including syrup bottles, shoelaces and bubble gum. While using many different mediums Pruitt connects all of his pieces with the allusion to the historical and contemporary examples of the African American experience.
Pruitt’s work is included in museum collections throughout the US. The Nasher Museum of Art at Duke University in Durham, NC owns two charcoal and conté works on paper including Flux, which was on view at their “Recent Acquisition” installation in spring 2012. The Studio Museum of Harlem, NY has his work in their collection in addition to displaying his three-month solo exhibition Robert Pruitt: Women. Other museum collections including Pruitt’s art are Dallas Museum of Art, University Museum at Texas Southern University, Museum of Fine Arts Houston and Cleveland Museum of Art.
Grants awarded to Pruitt include the Art Matters Travel Grant, Creative Capital Foundation Grant(Otabenga Jones), the Louis Comfort Tiffany Foundation Fellowship Grant, the Artadia Artist Grant, the Arch and Anne Giles Kimbrough Fund Award at the Dallas Museum of Art and the Emerging Artist Grant from the Cultural Arts Council of Houston.