My work is influenced by my dreams and the surreal visions that arise from dreaming. Many of my paintings translate a vision, the memories that remain, from a dream. These works tell stories, stories that would be lost without my visual documentation. I intend for the resulting works to be inspiring and engaging for the viewer.
Currently, I am working on a series of 4 paintings that bring together the elements that have shaped a lifetime of image making. By combining influences from my life, I am creating a visual autobiography. I want to pay homage to a wide spectrum of subjects that grace my life. The subjects are musical, spiritual, artistic, personal and abstract. These ideas form a lifetime of memories and shape my character and my creative journey.
I began making frames for my paintings in the early 90's. I experimented with small toys, bottle caps, scraps of wood, faux gems, buttons, figurines and other cast offs; attaching the objects to a simple wood frame. Gold paint transforms the recognizable objects into something surreal. The frames have an energy that comes from the transference of special meaning onto things from our memories of childhood, travels and dreams.
"The artist shouldn't be able to explain the art. Art extends beyond the verbal ability of the artist." Robert Ballen, photographer
"The Spiritual Quest" by Robert Torrance
"Robert Torrance's wide-ranging, innovative study argues that the spiritual quest is rooted in our biological, psychological, linguistic, and social nature. The quest is not, as most have believed, a rare mystical experience, but a frequent expression of our most basic human impulses. Shaman and scientist, medium and poet, prophet and philosopher, all venture forth in quest of visionary truths to transform and renew the world."