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March 10, 2011

'Art Held in Contemp.' Volume 6 by Briana Melendez

 I've always been a visually stimulated individual. As a kid I was always mesmerized by the vibrant colors in nature & much to my parent's dismay the metal radiators in our home quickly became works of abstract art as I was entranced by the melting of my 64 colors of Crayola. The MOMA is by far my favorite museum in all of NYC. I can never get enough of the smooth perfection in marble and the vibrant colors of early 19th century paintings. As much as I love all these beautiful representations of creativity I could never feel connected completely. They are products of bygone eras that while I can admire I could never fully feel a part. That all changed a few years back. I picked up this art magazine called 'Juxtapoz' & BAM! It hit me like a Batman punch. There were images I understood, images I could relate to. Artwork that made sense & represented me. Knowing that 'my' art was alive & kicking has sent me on a quest to look for artist & works of art in which we all can see a little bit of ourselves. With each new installment I'll be aiming to do just that. Sit back & enjoy the ride, I know I have been.

Born in 1984 Columbus Ohio native, Robin F. Williams, takes a traditional medium such as oil and reinvents it with such color and texture her paintings are neon electric pieces of fine art. I was able to catch her exhibit at the PPOW Gallery on West 23rd Street a couple of weeks ago and, like a bulimic in gale force winds, I was completely blown away. As amazing as the art looks on screen when viewing it up-close and personal, the details and color are so compelling you just have to wonder how Williams is able to create such dynamic imagery with only a brush and paint. In piece 'Boy With Sticks', the vibrancy of the wood is so intense that the chopped ends seem like lit embers that could burn at the touch. Than, in the fleecy tenderness of 'Tired Prince', Williams transcends the level of average artist.

click 'READ MORE' below for more work from Robin Williams...the female artist not the male 

'Boy with Sticks'

'The Amelias'

Follow Robin F. Williams work regularly here and here.

...and as always, any Contemporary artists you'd like Mz. Melendez to spotlight? Email her directly:


  1. Thought the same thing when I saw, "Boy w/sticks" Love the "glow" of the paintings especially "cabbage patch" would love to hear more of your "1st hand impression" on the pieces but keep the unusual coming!

  2. hey bri...let me tell you this is a great thing you have going on, you got to contage me with your love for the art and i'll be tune for more art updates thanks to your blog, i hope this wonderfull blog calls more and more peopple everytime.wish you the best with the blog :)