Robert Poindexter paints non-figurative abstract compositions that are of a medium to large format. Poindexter sees these images firmly rooted in the work of several earlier painters and hopes they also contain lyrical aspects, possibly conjuring feelings of southern blues and jazz. There is definitely a landscape quality to these works that he attributes to the influence of Monet, Matisse and Rothko.
Poindexter received his MFA from the University of Houston in 1984. While working on his degree at the university, he was awarded a major fellowship to study and paint in Central Mexico from the Museum of Fine Art Houston through the prestigious McNay Foundation. He has held teaching positions at The University of Texas, Permian Basin, Odessa College, Texas, and the Art League of Houston in painting and drawing.
Robert has exhibited in eleven solo exhibitions and a considerable number of group exhibitions. His work is included in numerous private and public collections including Amoco Corporation, Houston, Texas Commerce Bank, Houston, Texas Bank, McAllen, Texas, The Quest Foundation, Quest, Inc., Houston, Coastal Corporation, Oscar Wyatt, Houston, Texas A & M University, Transco Energy Corporation at the Williams Tower, Houston, and the Enron Corporation Collection, Houston.
"Those who have followed Poindexter's work through the years have seen him move from completely literal images to eerie and ambiguous landscapes to more purely abstract explorations. Exhibited here is a cohesive, mature body of work by an experienced, tremendously talented artist; critically acclaimed by his peers and championed by a loyal following in the Houston area."
Sally Sprout, Gallery Owner and Independent Curator, Houston, TX
"There is a large amount of sheer craft and technical virtuosity in his work, but it's not studied or over-careful and never gets in the way. The paintings are expressive, not so much of emotions as of ways of seeing and thinking. They seem like spontaneous products of a clear open mind, someone who's contemplated each area of the canvas for a period and then reached out and made a definite mark. They're complex and very interesting visually; they hold the eye."
Susanna Sheffield, Gallery Owner and Independent Curator, Houston, TX