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The Paul R. Jones Museum is proud to present Mario Andres Robinson: A Brush with Time, May 7 – July 30, 2021. There will be two First Friday receptions, Friday, May 7, and June 4, both from 5:00 to 8:00 pm in the museum.

Painter, pastellist and draftsman Mario Andres Robinson was born in Altus, Oklahoma, where he lived with his family before relocating to New Jersey where his artistic gift was discovered by a fifth-grade teacher. Robinson went on to study at Pratt Institute.

Although his work is in the tradition of American painting, early in his development, Robinson looked to the great masters for inspiration and technical insight. An avid student of realism, he studied the principles of painting by exploring the work and technique of artists such as Rembrandt, Vermeer and Degas. However, it was the work of 19th- and 20th-century American artists, such as Thomas Eakins, Winslow Homer, Edward Hopper and Andrew Wyeth, that provided Robinson with the strongest stylistic foundation, helping him forge and define his own artistic sensibility.

In 1994, Robinson’s work began to incorporate rural subjects in Alabama. Each subject is very personal for the artist in both selection and execution. As the work progresses, his relationship with the sitter develops and a uniquely personal story begins to evolve. Robinson frequently depicts subjects framed within the context of their daily lives. The underlying narrative counters sentimentality and serves as the underpinning for his figurative images.

Robinson’s work is found in numerous private and public collections. He is an Exhibiting Artist Member (EAM) of The National Arts Club, an Artist Member of The Salmagundi Club and a Signature Member of The Pastel Society of America. The Artist’s Magazine chose Robinson as one of the top 20 realist artists under the age of 40. His work has been featured in The Artist’s MagazineThe Pastel JournalWatercolor MagicAmerican Art CollectorFine Art Connoisseur and on the cover of American Artist magazine.  He is the author of Lessons in Realistic Watercolor: A Contemporary Approach to Painting People and Places in the Classical Tradition (Monacelli Press, 2016). 

The Paul R. Jones Museum is an essential part of the education and development of UA students and our community. Admission to the gallery is free. The gallery is open to the public with reduced capacity, limited to ten (10) visitors at a time. Visitors must wear face coverings inside the gallery and maintain a minimum distance of six feet from others. Hours are Monday-Friday, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Call the museum at (205) 345-3038 or email the director for more information. The Paul R. Jones Museum is located at 2308 Sixth Street, in downtown Tuscaloosa, one block from the Dinah Washington Cultural Arts Center. 


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