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Roberta Welburn Milstead


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Roberta Welburn Milstead


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resides in Danville, California. A 2012 transplant from the East Coast, Roberta earned her BFA from Moore College of Art in Philadelphia. Prior to that she studied the Esthetics and Principles of Fine Art at the Barnes Foundation, led by Violette de Mazia.

Her early work was in photography, with a primary focus on the darkroom process. Those initial seeds of inspiration were planted from a study of photographers who were significant in the 1930’s and 40’s (eg. Man Ray, Henri Cartier-Bresson, Hannah Hooch). After a brief detour through digital media, Roberta began experimenting with what would become her true calling, mixed media and painting.

Roberta’s work has won several awards, and has been shown in exhibitions on both the East and West Coasts. Highlights include a solo show at the Civic Arts Center (Walnut Creek, CA), exhibitions at the Lindsay Dirkx Brown Gallery (Lamorinda Arts Alliance), and a feature show at the Danville Village Theater. Her work was on view in January 2017 at Blue Line Arts as part of the prestigious biennial 87-year-old juried exhibition, the Crocker-Kingsley Art Competition. Also in 2017, Roberta’s work on the New Politic was exhibited at the Petaluma Art Gallery. Most recently, her work can be seen at Arc Gallery in San Francisco.

In addition to her personal journey as a solo artist, Roberta initiated an art group in 2013 to help further her exploration of collaboration and shared ideas. The group is comprised of a diverse group of women artists who desire the opportunity to openly share every aspect of their creative journey.

 
 
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Recent Paintings


Recent Paintings


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Artist statement


Artist statement


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Over the years my work in the visual arts has evolved through many incarnations in form and technique. My first love was photography, specifically exploring the possibilities of the darkroom and the alternative process, introduced to me through the history and study of camera-less imagery; originating in the 30’s and 40’s.

While earning my BFA in photography I began to gravitate to graphic design. I then discovered that these two elements…graphics and photography were compatible allies.

As I continued to explore a good fit of how I could combine and embrace a strong interest in imagery, design and color, I moved aggressively into collage… while remaining in & out of the darkroom. During this time I found my work, along with my voice, to be actively seeking a political and social commentary.

It was 7 years ago when I transitioned from the east to the west coast. It was not until I began to acclimate to a new location I would observe the enormous diversity, in a city, I now call home. San Francisco is a blended tapestry of size, shape, color and gender that has forged the work I do today. Words, texture and markings are often hidden beneath a layering process. Under the imagery is an excavated outgrowth of the remnants from my roots in photography and graphic design.

It appears my work has come full-circle. What began as child’s play and non-objective exploration has taken on a more defiant voice and commentary.  The world I work, live and play in uses its own form of materials to cover, scratch, and hide. I desire that the strength of my work be a voice, that  “stirs the pot” with thoughtful reaction, to both social and political inequality.

 

 

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Contact


 

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For inquiries about my work use the form below or email me directly at robertamilstead@gmail.com. You can call 484.431.7205. 

 

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