Originally from New York, Robert Sampson is a painter now based here in Philadelphia, where he portrays the city’s overpasses, rail bridges, streets and walls in strong, marvelously geometric compositions.
He enlists shadows, street markings and pass-throughs in building his scenes, as well as pedestrians, who can sometimes be seen in groups as semi-abstract shapes. Particularly enjoyable to me are the light elements of openings that often occur in the backgrounds of his paintings, lending them a wonderful sense of depth.
Sampson’s work can be seen in a solo show at the F.A.N. Gallery in Philadelphia that opens today, May 6 (coinciding with the First Friday Old City Gallery Walk), and runs until May 28, 2016.