Faced with the existential reality of aloneness, sickness, aging and one’s eventual death, man can choose to close off emotionally, desensitize himself and depersonalize, or choose to give value and meaning to life. As a clinical psychologist, author and psychotherapist, I have devoted myself to helping people face their personal demons, know themselves and triumph over their psychological pain and suffering. As an artist, I have attempted to live a creative life, searching and striving for meaning and beauty. Working with the computer as a creative instrument, I have at-tempted to invent something feelingful, sensitive and beautiful out of an unfeeling ma-chine. The computer, like all of man’s technological achievements, has been used for both good and evil machinations. Life and creativity are the antithesis of cynicism and despair. Intimidated by the issue of death and dying, we often turn our backs on life and feeling but instead we could choose to embrace life. We are, each one of us, fragile and helpless, and are therefore all brothers. Ideally, that would imply empathy, tolerance and generosity toward our fellows. I live and share life closely with a multitude of people and try to exemplify a sense of love, enlightenment and joy in being and becoming. My art and my insights into life are a very personal offering to others, a simple sharing of my feelings and perceptions. In my artistic productions, I utilize a variety of images, impressions and approaches to address the fullness and complexity of my experience. In all of my work, I try to blend color and composition into an enjoyable visual adventure. My artistic endeavors are characterized by the use of a variety of vivid and vibrant colors. Colors are important because they symbolize our feelings and emotions. As a clinical psychologist and psychotherapist, I have helped countless people to challenge their psychological defenses and achieve close, loving relationships. Facing up to their anxieties and confronting their personal demons allowed them to recover their deepest feelings and become more fully alive. As an artist, I wish to inspire a deep feeling for people as well as an appreciation for aesthetics. In both fields, I aspire to make an important contribution to people’s appreciation of life and personal fulfillment. Robert W. Firestone, March, 2005
Biography: EDUCATION B.A., Psychology, University of California, Berkeley M.A., Psychology, California State University, Los Angeles Ph.D, Clinical Psychology, University of Denver, Denver, Colorado EXHIBITIONS & BIOGRAPHY 2005 Art-Domain Gallery, Leipzig, Germany; “Snap to Grid 2005,” Los Angeles Center for Digital Art; 3rd Intl Art Festival, Chania, Greece; “An Evening of Art and Design,” Bvlgari, Beverly Hills, CA; Omma Center of Contemporary Art, Santa Barbara, CA; “Digital Paintings,” Omma Gallery, Chania, Greece; “Face Value 2005,” Associated Artists, Winston-Salem, NC 2004 Art-Domain Gallery, Leipzig, Germany; “Snap to Grid 2004,” Los Angeles Center for Digital Art; L.A. Mart Art, Los Angeles, CA; Santa Barbara Maritime Museum, Santa Barbara, CA; “Beyond Boundaries,” ArtRom Gallery, Rome, Italy 2003 Schlos St. Peter, Au, Austria; Museo d’Arte Sant’Apollonia, Venice, Italy; Museo Fundacion Rodriguez Acosta, Granada, Spain; “Sharing Space IV”, Lankershim Art Gallery, Hollywood; “Digitized Computer Art Show”, Fulton Street Gallery, Troy, NY 2002 Museo Diocesano d’Arte Sacra, Venice, Italy; Karpeles Museum, Santa Barbara; Gallery West, Alexandria, VA; “Reactions,” New York, “Formulations,” Santa Barbara; Galleria Ravagnan, Venice, Italy 2001 “Westworks 2001,” Central Wyoming College Gallery, Riverton; “Group Exhibition”, Sylvia White Gallery, Santa Monica; Trans Hudson Gallery, New York; Lewis-Clark Center for Arts & History, Lewiston, ID CORPORATE COLLECTIONS (a sampling) Dell Webb Palm Desert Clubhouse, Palm Desert, California Fidelity Fine Art, Santa Monica, California Park Towers Conference Room & Business Center, Las Vegas, Nevada Somera Communications, Santa Barbara, California SFA Interior Designs, Santa Barbara, California Somera Capital Corporation, Santa Barbara, California Designer’s Art & Accessories, Santa Barbara, California Designer Art Resource, Calabasas, California Designer’s Art Resource, Los Angeles, California Thoreau Janitorial Service, Los Angeles, California Voyage Partners, Santa Barbara, California Short Law Corp., Santa Barbara, California David Jamison Carlyle Corporation, Los Angeles, California Century Computer Brokers, Culver City, California PRIVATE COLLECTIONS (a sampling) Mark Swartz, New York, NY Dr. Melissa Warren, Washington, DC Dr. Deryl Goldenberg, Los Angeles, CA Dott. Vittorio Tommaseo Ponzetta, Venice, Italy Mr. Alex Moss, London, UK Gil Varon, Santa Barbara, CA Jan Brown, Los Angeles, CA Jessica Giwoff, Santa Barbara, CA Patty Lubin, Anchorage, AK GALLERIES Galleria Ravagnan, Venice, Italy Omma Center for Contemporary Art, Chania, Crete, Greece Omma Center for Contemporary Art, Santa Barbara, California Sylvia White Gallery, Santa Monica, California ON-LINE GALLERIES MonkeyDogz.com Art-Exchange.com TheArtofRWFirestone.com BIBLIOGRAPHY “R.W. Firestone,” Artist’s Monograph, Venice, Italy, 2002 (Italian and English) “Robert W. Firestone,” Artist’s Monograph, Granada, Spain, 2003 (Spanish and English) “Robert W. Firestone,” Artist’s Monograph, Venice, Italy, 2003 (Italian and English) Cover, “Schizophrenia in Late life,” by Phillip Harvey, published by American Psychological Assoc. Books, 2005 Cover, “Creating a Life of Meaning and Compassion,” published by American Psychological Assoc. Books, 2003 Cover, “American Psychologist Journal,” April, 2002 Cover, “American Planning Association Magazine,” June, 2003 Cover, “Art Impact Magazine,” November, 2000 See also www.The Art of RW Firestone.com (no spaces) for reviews, news and additional biographical material.
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