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Robert Snikkar

I paint music in its form and feeling and create mobiles sculptures in the same synesthetic genre.

My thoughts

Music and visual art are languages that touch our innate aesthetic. So many feelings and concepts are shared by these arts; composition, motif, balance, harmony, tension, discord, tone, key, movement, rhythm, rest, foreground, background, depth....

But how to...

- represent music through painting and sculpture? Not to simply transcribe music into notation such as sheet music or encode it.

- capture the sound space, tonality, rhythm, and feel of music visually?

- compose visual works that evoke the same emotive responses as music?

- represent a particular piece or style of music?

- paint the voice of Miles Davis' muted horn, a minor key, a symphony, the timbre of Chet Baker's quavering voice, or the song Back To Black by Amy Winehouse?

But not to simply encode music into a notation system but to represent the analog musical forms and feelings through visual analogs that have a recognizable fidelity for the viewers.

That is my challenge

Audio

Title:

Scarborough Arts Podcast Interview

Summary:

Rob Snikkar interviewed by S.A. Program Director Benedict Lopes

Description:

An interview based on my submissions to the S.A. 2012 Big Art Book - two political paintings about Islamophobia and an essay on art and semiotics in this digital era

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Images

Title Symphony
Summary 36 x 48 oil on canvas
Description An impression of a sweeping romantic Sibelius symphony

Title Funky Trio
Summary oil on canvas 40 x 60
Description An impression of the sound of the Jordan John Trio in performance at The Black Sheep Inn Wakefield QC summer 2015

Title Chet's Funny Valentine
Summary 18 x 24 watercolour
Description Image of his voice embodying the first two verses of the song

Title Firebird
Summary 36 x 48 oil on canvas
Description An impression of the sound and feeling of Stravinsky's work

Title Winehouse #1 - Back to Black
Summary oil on canvas 40 x 60
Description The parts, voices, rhythms and feelings of the great lady's great song

Title Kraftwerk - Autobahn
Summary oil on canvas 24 x 30
Description Impression of that seminal electronica song

Title Satie
Summary oil on canvas 24 x 30
Description An impression of his soundspace and feeling

Title Trumpet Fanfare
Summary oil on canvas 24 x 30
Description Sound of a trumpet or horn fanfare

Title Fat Trombone Slide
Summary oil on canvas 24 x 30
Description Image of the sound of a trombone sliding into the low register with increasing intensity

Title Clarinet Arpeggio
Summary oil on canvas 24 x 30
Description An arpeggio played clean on the clarinet

Title String Quartet
Summary oil on canvas 24 x 30
Description The formality and interrelationship of the voices in the quartet

Title Sonata #2
Summary oil on canvas 24 x 30
Description An abstracted formal sonata

Title Sonata #1
Summary 36 x 48 oil on canvas
Description An abstracted formal sonata

Title Jazz Vocal - Louis
Summary oil on canvas 24 x 30
Description Louis ARmstrong singing a mellow and happy tune - such as "Sleepy Time Down South" - one of his personal favourites

Title Jazz Vocal - Billie
Summary oil on canvas 24 x 30
Description Billie Holiday's pained and yearning voice - from below the gut - right down to the toes - any number of songs come to mind

Title Funky Thang #1
Summary oil on canvas 24 x 30 - work in progress
Description Soundspace for a funk tune

Title Funk #1
Summary 18 x 24 oil on canvas - work in progress
Description Soundspace for a funk tune

Title Music work in progress
Summary oil on canvas 40 x 60
Description A samba duet

Title work in progress -t Horn Concerto
Summary oil on canvas 24 x 30
Description A horn concerto a la Mozart, Handel, Telemann...

Title Funky Thang #2
Summary oil on canvas 24 x 30 - work in progress
Description Soundspace for a funk tune

Title Melody #1
Summary oil on canvas 24 x 30 - work in progress
Description Four voices working together to form an abstracted melody

Title Harpsichord Voice
Summary 24 x 36 oil on canvas
Description An impression of the sound of a harpsichord

Title Orchestral Crescendo
Summary 18 x 24
Description Graphite and pastel on paper

Title Clarinet Arpeggio
Summary oil on canvas 24 x 30
Description An arpeggio played clean on the clarinet

Title Horn Melody
Summary 18 x 24 pastel on paper
Description An abstract gentle horn melody - Note the right side is unintentionally cropped

Title AC/DC
Summary oil on canvas 24 x 30 - work in progress
Description An impression of their sound and fury

Title Phrase #1
Summary Mobile sculpture in musical motif
Description 36 " brass and plexi

Title Pachabel
Summary Mobile sculpture in musical motif
Description 36 " carbon fibre and lead weights

Title Phrase #2
Summary Mobile sculpture in musical motif
Description 36" steel rod and painted plexi

Title Django
Summary Mobile sculpture in musical motif
Description 36" Brazilian hardwood, brass counterweights and brass inlay

Title Pachabel
Summary Mobile sculpture in musical motif
Description 36 " carbon fibre and lead weights

Title Ellington
Summary Mobile sculpture in musical motif
Description 48" carbon fibre tubes and brass counterweights

Title Phrase #1 - detail
Summary Mobile sculpture in musical motif

Title Winehouse #1 - Back to Black
Summary oil on canvas 40 x 60
Description The parts, voices, rhythms and feelings of the great lady's great song

Title Waltz #2
Summary 16 x 20 oil on canvas
Description The rhythm and sway of a classic slow waltz

Title Trumpet and Bass
Summary 18 x 24 oil on canvas
Description A trumpet and stand-up bass riffing together

Title The Sond Enters My Mind
Summary 18 x 24 watercolour with china marker
Description When a song really hits me and enters my mind/body

Title Symhpony
Summary 36 x 48 oil on canvas
Description An impression of a sweeping romatic Sibelius symphony

Title Radiohead #1
Summary 18 x 24 watercolour
Description Radiohead electronica soundscape

Title RadioHead #2
Summary 16 x 20 oil on canvas
Description A soundscape impression of Radiohead sound

Title Nact Music
Summary 16 x 20 oil on canvas
Description Study of some Mozart

Title Louis #2
Summary 16 x 20 oil on canvas
Description One of my musical heroes

Title Miles' Blackbird
Summary 12 x 16 oil on canvas
Description A study of the first two verses of Bye Bye Blackbird played softly on the muted horn

Title Fue Elise
Summary 12 x 16 oil on canvas
Description Study of the introductory bars of Beethoven's classic

Title Hammond Big City Blues
Summary 16 x 20 oil on canvas - knives and brush
Description A mind map of Ray Charles improvising on the organ - My first painting

Title Cornet Riff
Summary 18 x 24 watercolour
Description Image of some notes riffed out by Louis Armstrong

Title No. 1 Soul Brother
Summary 12 x 16 conte on canvas
Description lay - in drawing

Title Chet's Funny Valentine
Summary 18 x 24 watercolour
Description Image of his voice embodying the first two verses of the song

Title Be Bop
Summary 18 x 24 mixed media
Description Hard horn blasts a la Dizzy Gillespie

Title Femmes Series
Summary 18 x 24 oil pastel on paper

Title Femmes Series
Summary 18 x 24 oil pastel on paper

Title Femmes Series
Summary 18 x 24 oil pastel on paper

Title Femmes Series
Summary 18 x 24 oil pastel on paper

Title Femmes Series
Summary 18 x 24 oil pastel on paper

Title Femmes Series
Summary 18 x 24 oil pastel on paper

Title Femmes Series
Summary 18 x 24 oil pastel on paper

Title Generation (v.)
Summary 12 x 16 oil on canvas

Title The Call
Summary 16 x 20 ACrylic on canvas paper

Title Camels
Summary oil on canvas 24 x 30

Title Ennistymon
Summary 30 x 36 oil on canvas
Description Impression of a town in County Clare Ireland

Title Snickering Bull
Summary 18 x 24 oil pastel on paper

Title Self Portrait - Self Judgement
Summary 24 x 36 oil on canvas

Title Mosque of Djenné
Summary 18 x 24 watercolour

Title Gonbad Kavoos Tomb
Summary 12 x 16 oil on canvas

Title cliffs 3
Summary 16 x 20 oil on canvas

Title Cliffs 1
Summary 12 x 16 oil on canvas

Title Cliffs 2
Summary 16 x 20 oil on canvas

Title Pueblo #2
Summary oil on canvas 24 x 30

Title Pueblo #1
Summary oil on canvas 24 x 30

Title Pueblo #1
Summary lay-in drawing conte on canvas

Title Untitled
Summary 8 x 11 watercolour study

Title Untitled
Summary 8 x 11 watercolour study

Title Untitled
Summary 8 x 11 watercolour study

Title Untitled
Summary 8 x 11 watercolour study

Title Untitled
Summary 8 x 11 watercolour study

Title Untitled
Summary 8 x 11 watercolour study

Title 8.5 x 11
Summary field sketch carpenter's pencil

Title Untitled
Summary 18 x 24
Description watercolour tonal study

Title Untitled
Summary 18 x 24 graphite block on paper

Title Untitled
Summary 18 x 24
Description watercolour tonal study

Title Untitled
Summary 18 x 24 graphite block on paper

Title blind contour
Summary 18 x 24
Description conte on paper

Title blind contour
Summary 18 x 24
Description conte on paper

Title Untitled
Summary 18 x 24
Description pastel & oil pastel on paper

Title Untitled
Summary 18 x 24
Description pastel & oil pastel on watercolour paper

Title Untitled
Summary 18 x 24
Description graphite block on paper

Title Untitled
Summary 18 24
Description charcoal & pastel on paper

Title Untitled
Summary 18 x 24
Description watercolour study

Title Untitled
Summary 18 x 24
Description watercolour study

Title Repose 2
Summary 18 x 24
Description watercolour

Title Repose 1
Summary 18 x 24
Description pastel on watercolour paper

Title Untitled
Summary 18 x 24
Description graphite block on paper

Title Untitled
Summary 18 x 24
Description roller ball pen on paper

Title Ford
Summary 18 x 24
Description pastel on paper

Title Untitled
Summary 18 x 24
Description graphite block on paper

Title Moving Still #2 of diptych
Summary 18 x 24
Description pastel on paper

Title Moving Still #1 of diptych
Summary 18 x 24
Description pastel on paper

Title Untitled
Summary 18 x 24
Description pastel & chalk on paper

Title Untitled
Summary 18 x 24
Description graphite block on watercolour paper

Title Untitled
Summary 18 x 24
Description china marker on watercolour paper

Title Untitled
Summary 18 x 24
Description graphite block on paper

Title Untitled
Summary 18 x 24
Description graphite block on terraskin (4 joined sheets)

Title Untitled
Summary 18 x 24
Description pastel and charcoal on watercolour paper

Title Tullieres #2
Summary small study watercolour
Description Statue in Paris

Title Tullieres #1
Summary small study watercolour
Description A great statue in Paris park

Title Woman with Infant
Summary Watercolour
Description 18 x 24