Rob Reasoner

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Rob Reasoner
Houston, Texas - United States



My work is foremost about my exploration of color. My love of color began at an early age, due in part to growing up in an area I considered mostly colorless. The landscape was flat, mostly desert void of flora. My early studies in drawing, painting, music theory, and piano started a lifelong exploration of both music and art.

The Romantic era, one of my favorite periods in music, includes composers like Chopin, Beethoven, Bruckner, and Wagner, who used a chromatic scale that was more tonally colorful than it had been. It might even be said that in this period tonality expanded beyond the primary, secondary, and tertiary worlds. This periodís music informs the hues and values I use in my paintings, and offers endless compositional possibilities. Some of my recent paintings are somewhat conceptual, partly on account of rules set for each painting. For example, Untitled 2.013 has four parts, each consisting of the same sequence of 63 lines in 59 colors. The painting is considered a whole, similar to a symphony, which usually contains four movements. The rules arenít important, though; for me, itís purely about the color.


BS, University of Houston Art Studies
University of Texas - Austin
University of Texas - Midland/Odessa
Glassell School of Art Ė Houston


2002 Juror Prize, National Small Oil Painting Show, Wichita, Kansas; Juror- Dr. Edmund Pillsbury


2013 Chromaticism: New paintings by Rob Reasoner, McClain Gallery, Houston, TX
2011 Under the Big Top, McClain Gallery, Houston, TX
2008 Hunting Art Prize Finalist
Small Works, McClain Gallery, Houston, TX
2006 Rob Reasoner, New Work, McClain Gallery, Houston, TX
2005 Universal Medium, McClain Gallery, Houston, TX
2003 Core Show, Glassell School of Art, Houston, TX
2002 National Small Oil Painting Show, Wichita Center for the Arts, Wichita, KS
Gallery 101 Group Show, Houston, TX
Glassell School Gallery, Houston, TX
2001 Glassell School Student Show, Houston, TX
Stages Repertory Theatre, Houston, TX
1999 Glassell School Student Show, Houston, TX
1998 Glassell School Student Show, Houston, TX
1997 Glassell School Student Show, Houston, TX


Wichita Center for the Arts (Virginia Mastio Memorial Purchase 2002)
Yetter & Warden, LLC