Robert Fogel (b. 1947) is best known for his wall sculptures suggestive of geologic and natural formations, while also maintaining their non-representational mystery. Subjects originate from his experience as a biologist surveying the Intermountain West for truffles. The beautiful lines revealed by the stark Great Basin landscape strike a chord within him as do the contrast of colors and the harmonious arrangement of forms. These feelings are captured perfectly by Joan Mitchell’s statement “I paint from remembered landscapes that I carry with me and remembered feelings of them.”
He first started making art in 2009 after retiring from the University of Michigan as the Emeritus Lewis E. and Elaine Prince Wehmeyer Professor in Fungal Taxonomy. His work has been shown in 52 juried exhibitions and garnered several awards including the 2019 Tubac Center of the Arts, Ursula Seuss Abstract Award, the 2016 Ann Connelly Fine Art Award at Forum 35’s Art Melt in Baton Rouge, LA. and being selected as a Shreveport Regional Arts Council Collectible Artist, in 2017. His work is also included in several private collections as well as the Bossier Arts Council in Bossier City, LA. and the Albemarle Catalysts in the Americas office in Clear Lake, TX.