Robert William Sinclair

Robert William Sinclair, painter (b at Saltcoats, Sask 9 Feb 1939). Sinclair continued his art studies at the universities of Manitoba and Iowa and taught at the University of Alberta from 1965 to 1996.
Robert William Sinclair, painter (b at Saltcoats, Sask 9 Feb 1939). Sinclair continued his art studies at the universities of Manitoba and Iowa and taught at the University of Alberta from 1965 to 1996.

Robert William Sinclair

Robert William Sinclair, painter (b at Saltcoats, Sask 9 Feb 1939). Sinclair continued his art studies at the universities of Manitoba and Iowa and taught at the University of Alberta from 1965 to 1996. He has developed a unique and distinctly western Canadian theme in his landscape paintings and sculpture. In many of his best-known works, he has used the symbol of a highway as a familiar shape to draw the eye into a simplified 2-dimensional composition. The painted-road device gives an immediate illusion of space, yet this is counterbalanced by strongly drawn linear elements and paradoxical unpainted areas that flatten the space. Sinclair's landscapes portray connections between 2 observed states or combinations of elements such as sky, hills and mountain peaks. Drawing has dominated all of his work - watercolours, canvases and his hand-formed Plexiglas landscape sculptures-and his recent paintings incorporate floating landscapes with unpainted foregrounds evoking a sense of the spiritual. Subject matter ranges from the botanic to the many aspects of landscape: waterfalls, icebergs, mountains, sun and moon and deep skies.