Today we’d like to introduce you to Robert Page.
Robert, please share your story with us. How did you get to where you are today?
Like a lot of children, I liked to draw and color things. It is something I felt could be anything. I was the kid in class who would draw on anything given if I had a pencil. I was the one drawing in the margins of classwork. So much so, my grades were starting to be affected by it. (with one particular teacher) haha!
I was and have always been fascinated by art and what it can do. It can and has changed the world. Everything we see (apart from nature) on a daily bases was designed by a person who never lost that creative mind they had as a child. Sure it gets harder as we get older to have that desire to see the world as you once did discovering new things or seeing them the same way. But that is part of why we do it.
To see the world as not always a horrible place, there is magic in the simplest things we take for granted. The lamps that lights up our darkened rooms at night, the amazing way a bridge can stand with tons of rumbling automobiles day in and day out. Or even the basic of the basic. A paperclip. Someone designed this little piece of wire to hold even greater ideas together.
Has it been a smooth road?
Art is never a smooth road. Growing up there was a lot of loss in my family, people I grew up caring about were gone, never coming back. Dead. And like most people who don’t know how or where to turn to, art and drugs become a way out. It wasn’t until my seventeenth year that I picked up a brush loaded down with oils. And that changed a lot for me, I found something that was old and new.
Countless others have had this same medium in front of them, with a blank white canvas staring back, with an undying force in their hands to create whatever they wanted. I felt connected to these people in a small way. We all had dreams waiting to be shared with anyone wanting to listen to our stories. I was in my first group show at 18 years old, sold my first painting at the same show. Then I went years without selling a thing.
And one night out of fear of waking up late for a new job I had the following morning. I couldn’t sleep, so with this “free time” I had, I figured I should do something to keep my mind awake. I painted this little boy with big eyes holding a cat out in the cold. And something stuck out about this little boy with the red nose. I painted a lot of those weird big-eyed children that kinda looked junked out. They sold pretty well for the time, then I got tired of being that guy. So, I went and explored what else was out there besides junkie looking kids.
I spent years trying new techniques, styles, subjects with little to no success. My home state of North Carolina, the art sense wasn’t giving me what I felt I needed to “make it” any longer. I had a friend in Austin who was doing pretty well with his own art. We talked a bit here and there, and with those talks I decided to pack everything I could in an old Volvo wagon, leaving pretty much everything and everyone I knew and drove 1,200 miles to where I am today. To explore the little town of Austin Tx.
Art-wise: I’ve done pretty well here. I have met some amazing talented people with a great knowledge of their respective mediums, Some of whom have inspired me to try different media, like linocuts, screen printing, and sculpting.
We’d love to hear more about what you do.
Firstly, I am an oil painter, Mostly illustration style or figurative work. Animals or people are my main focus, a slight slant on realism. Some say surrealism. I personally do not.
I am open to commission and other art-related work. I have a website with originals, prints, shirts, stickers, and buttons for sale. I have been working on getting one of my sculptures made into a polyresin art toy. (pictured below) I have a gofundme search Robert Page, hopefully you will find it.
Let’s touch on your thoughts about our city – what do you like the most and least?
The art. The people the art community brings to this city, from across the world. People come here. It can be an overwhelming thing, in a good way.
- Originals/commisions normally around $250 – $1,000
- Prints: $6 – $60
- Shirts: $20 – $22 stickers/buttons: $4
- Website: rampageart.com
- Phone: 843-337-5392
- Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
- Instagram: @robertpageart