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Robert Kinmont

Robert Kinmont (b. 1937 Los Angeles) grew up in the desert near Bishop, CA and has lived most of his adult life in northern California. These rural environments have provided the practical and conceptual foundation for his work, exemplified by his recurrent use of commonplace and natural materials such as wood, pine, and dirt.

All images Courtesy by Alexander and Bonin Gallery

Utilizing an amateur and handmade approach to both photography and sculpture, Kinmont illustrates the human scale and its relationship to one’s surroundings. Incorporating both irony and humor his work explores the systems and structures that continue to develop within this relationship.

Robert Kinmont came to prominence in the late 1960s before stepping away from the art world for over three decades in 1981. Before this departure, Kinmont’s work was exhibited in institutions such as The San Francisco Museum of Art, the de Young Museum, the Smithsonian Institution and the Whitney Museum, New York. Between 1975 and 2004, Kinmont studied Buddhism and worked as a carpenter, returning to his artistic practice in 2005. The artist’s work has been the subject of solo exhibitions at Kunsthaus, Glarus (2013), Künstlerhaus Bremen (2013) and the di Rosa museum, Napa (2015).

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