NAPLES — K2 Design Group President Jenny Lind Carter, ASID, Assoc. AIA announced the architecture and interior design firm is displaying the paintings of renowned artist Richard Roblin at its Studio and Design Center at 25081 Bernwood Drive in Bonita Springs. Wondrous Journey, a painting from Roblin’s new Spanda series, is featured.
“Richard is one of Canada’s greatest living artists and has fans and collectors around the world vying for his work,” said Carter. “I met him in Montreal after completing architecture school and have had the good fortune to collaborate with him on several occasions. He has a reputation for being a primarily abstract artist. We are thrilled to be able to display his work in K2’s Bonita Springs Studio and Design Center.”
An architect, painter and sculptor, the vision of Richard Roblin is based upon clarity and its formal articulation. “As a painter, I regard the abstract image in painting to be an essential form of life’s mystery,” said Roblin. “A newborn child opens its eyes for the first time with wonder upon the world. So do abstract images engage the viewer with that same mystery. My paintings are intended to define the invisible space of action. The painting surface becomes the field of action to carry messages beyond the created illusion.”
Roblin’s Spanda series of paintings began in 2006. In 2007, he received a commission through K2 Design to provide artwork for the prestigious Park Plaza condominium tower on Park Shore Beach in Naples. Roblin created 93 original artworks for this amazing project, including 3 paintings from the Spanda series. In another collaboration with K2 Design, Roblin created 3 sculptures for a K2 designed home on Captiva Island. One of these artworks is a 34 foot Double Helix sculpture.
Wondrous Journey, one of the Spanda paintings, is a metaphor for the journey of the soul back to its source. In Buddhist philosophy, the image of a carp ascending a waterfall and becoming a dragon symbolizes the journey to enlightenment. The same symbolism can be seen in all spiritual traditions as the ascendance of the spirit.
“The act of painting itself is that 'wondrous journey',” said Roblin. “I wanted to engage the viewer with the dynamic sense of ascending. To contemplate the idea of motion in a creative sense implies inspiration. It also implicates the breath and the pulsing of the heart. The heartbeat is the pulse of creation, the home of inspired vision, the source.”
Richard Roblin’s art is not new to Florida art lovers. Floridians have shown and collected his work since 1990. Roblin’s paintings were first shown with the famous art collector Marty Marguiles at the Marguiles Taplin Gallery in North Miami. Roblin later exhibited with the Waddington Gallery at the Gallery Center in Boca Raton and in Palm Beach. Miles McEnery, the former director of the Waddington Gallery and curator of Roblin’s exhibitions there, is also an enthusiastic collector of Roblin’s work. McEnery is now with the Ameringer Yohe Gallery in New York City.
Roblin and his wife, Eve, live in a home he designed on Vancouver Island in British Columbia, Canada. To learn more about Richard Roblin and his outstanding body of work, visit www.richardroblin.com.
“We encourage people from throughout Southwest Florida to take advantage of this opportunity to view the work of a true master,” said Carter. “The K2 Studio and Design Center in Bonita Springs is open from 9:00 a.m. until 5:00 p.m. Monday through Saturday.”
K2 Design Group specializes in architectural and interior design and construction management for luxury residential and upscale commercial projects locally, nationally and internationally. The firm is headquartered in its Naples Studio on Radio Road. Visit K2 Design Group on-line at www.k2design.net.