ROBERT FORLANI – abstract artist

Rob-Forlani-Artist-Profile“Forlani’s strength is in the color saturation of his bold abstract geometric compositions. Each painting is his unique way of perceiving the world around him, in perfect symmetry and harmony. His work resonates with passion for the medium, skill and intellectual curiosity.” – Angela Di Bello, Agora Gallery, New York

“I’m in a sense… an improvisational artist, improvising a real life situation into Art.” – Robert Forlani

Rob Forlani’s artistic journey

Rob Forlani, is known for his bold application of colour and texture. Rob’s use of symbolism guides his brush strokes into standout abstract pieces, instantly transforming an ordinary room into a modern, vibrant space.

Rob’s artistic journey began at the age of seven when a broken leg confined him to a bed for eight weeks at Princess Margaret Hospital in Perth. He enthusiastically participated in the hospital’s ‘Art Shop’ program and discovered his passion for art.

It’s Rob’s collective experiences (his high school art teacher and impressionist painter Darryl Jane, a trip to Italy in his teens, the post-impressionist and ‘fauve’ movements) that influenced his various styles.  It was the serendipitous discovery of artists such as Kandinsky, Hans Hofmann, Pollock and Helen Frankenthaler that aroused Rob’s interest in Abstract Expressionism.

This then started a process of precipitating real life events and situations, spawning concepts and ideas which ultimately culminated into abstract paintings. Armed with these ideas he then put paint to canvas and in early 2001 Rob started exhibiting on the Perth Gallery circuit.

In Mid 2005 Rob was selected to participate in New York’s prestigious Agora Gallery’s “Out From Down Under and Beyond: An Exhibition of Fine Art from Australia and New Zealand” with 11 other well-known Australian artists. While traveling through some of the USA’s most eclectic cities, such as New York, Boston, Washington DC and San Francisco, Rob was able add to his growing melting pot of influence and style.

In 2006, Rob’s work was chosen for a solo exhibition, entitled “Essential Abstracts,” to open Zinc Details newest store, San Francisco’s globally renowned interior store. Shortly after San Francisco, Rob attended his first international solo exhibition at the prestigious Art Moderna i Gallerier in Stockholm.

Rob has successfully displayed his work in Perth, Margaret River, Sydney, Melbourne, The Gold Coast, Adelaide, Stockholm, New York and San Francisco.

Brief History

1981 Perth’s College of Further Education in the Arts
1982 Worked in visual display industry
1999 Part-Time visual Artist
2001 Full time Artist, paints & resides Victoria Park, Western Australia
2003 First Solo Exhibition, Perth, Western Australia
2005 First International Group Exhibition, New York, USA
2005 Travelled through USA, exhibited in New York, San Francisco
2006 First International Solo Exhibition, Stockholm, Sweden
2006 Solo Exhibition, San Francisco, USA
2007 Group Exhibition, Gold Coast, Queensland

Exhibitions

2007  Group Exhibition  -Con.ceit’ 07 – the Corangamarah Art Prize, Victoria,
2007  Solo Exhibition  -“Tiger Lounge” Fusion Fine Arts, Mandurah Marina WA
2007  Group Exhibition  -Artists in Arms at the Old Berlin, Perth, WA
2007  Group Exhibition  -Hale Art Exhibition, Wembley Downs, WA (Invitation)
2007  Solo Exhibition  -Gallery101 “Compressed Tangents” WA Club Perth
2007  Group Exhibition  -“Artitude”(by Invitation) Burswood Dome, WA
2007  Group Exhibition  – Perth College Art Exhibition, Mt Lawley WA
2006  Solo Exhibition  -Muse Ten, San Francisco, USA
2006  Group Exhibition  -“Little Tempters” Artworks Gallery, Gold Coast,Qld
2006  Group Exhibition  -Greenhill Galleries Adelaide, South Australia
2006  Group Exhibition  -“H2O” Gallery360 Joondalup, Western Australia
2006  Solo Exhibition  -“Quintessence” Tristan’s the Gallery, Perth, WA
2006  Group Exhibition  -Mazenod Fine Art Exhibition 2006, Lesmurdie,WA
2006  Solo Exhibition  -“Ambienza” Art Moderna Galerier i Stockholm,Sweden
2006  Group Exhibition  -“The Great Deckchair Auction”, Deckchair Theatre WA
2006  Solo Exhibition  -“Essential Abstracts” Zinc Details, San Francisco, USA
2006  Group Exhibition  -“Artitude” (by Invitation) Perth Convention Centre
2006  Group Exhibition  -Artists In Arms “Colour Your Space Colour A Life”, WA
2006  Group Exhibition  -“Celebri-Art”, Perth Exhibition Convention Centre
2006  Group Exhibition   -“Presbyterian Ladies’ College Art Exhibition
2006  Group Exhibition  -“Inspired Collective” ARQ Artworks, Osborne Park, WA
2006  Group Exhibition  -Perth Exhibition Convention Centre -Tristan’s Gallery
2006  Joint Exhibition  -“Lush” Fusion Fine Arts, Mandurah Ocean Marina, WA
2006  Solo Exhibition  -Gallery360, Subiaco, WA, “Artist Of The Month”
2005  Group Exhibition  -LK Galleries, Subiaco, WA
2005  Group Exhibition  -Allendale Square Art Exhibition,Tristan’s the Gallery,
2005  Group Exhibition  -“Meet The Artists”  Fusion Fine Art, Ocean Marina, WA
2005  Group Exhibition  -St. Hilda’s Art Exhibition, Mosman Park, WA
2005  Group Exhibition  -Hale Art Exhibition, Wembley Downs, WA
2005  Group Exhibition  -MLC Art Exhibition, Claremont, WA
2005  Joint Exhibition  -Borgia Fine Arts, San Francisco, USA
2005  Solo Exhibition  -“Symbolista”JahRoc Gallery, Margaret River, WA
2005  Group Exhibition  -Agora Gallery, SoHo, New York, USA
2005  Group Exhibition  -Victoria Park Centre for The Arts, Perth, WA
2005  Solo Exhibition  -Gallery360 Subiaco WA “Artist Of The Month”
2005  Group Exhibition  -Vasse Art Exhibition, Busselton, WA
2004  Solo Exhibition  -“New Mood”Kings Perth Hotel, Perth City, WA
2004  Group Exhibition  -Fusion Fine Arts, Mandurah Ocean Marina, WA
2004  Group Exhibition  -Gallery360, Mt. Lawley “Mt. Lawley – The Journey”
2004  Solo Exhibition    -The Blue Duck, Cottesloe, Western Australia
2004  Solo Exhibition    -Gadfly Gallery, Dalkeith, Western Australia
2003  Solo Exhibition    -Country Road, Perth, Western Australia
2003  Joint Exhibition   -Greens & Co, Leederville, Western Australia
2002  Group Exhibition  -Melville Civic Centre, Melville, Western Australia
2002  Group Exhibition  -The Town of Victoria Park, Western Australia
2002  Joint Exhibition  -Oceanus Gallery, City Beach, Western Australia
2002  Group Exhibition  -City Of Belmont, Belmont, Western Australia
2002  Group Exhibition  -Accent Gallery, Dalkeith, Western Australia
2001  Joint Exhibition  -The Gallery Cafe, Cannington, Western Australia

Retail Representation

JahRoc Galleries, Margaret River, Western Australia
Greenhill Galleries, Adelaide, South Australia
Agora Gallery, SoHo, New York, USA
Borgia fine Arts, San Francisco, USA
Art Moderna i Gallerier, Stockholm, Sweden

Commissions & Collections

Perth Oncology, Subiaco, Western Australia
Cliffs Asia-Pacific, Perth
Skanska Construction, Sweden
Geisha Bar, Northbridge, Perth
Statton on Murray Apartments, Perth
Coca-Cola, Perth
Crisp Civitella Smith Lawyers, Perth
ANZ Bank Head Office, Perth
Shearman’s Strategic Communication, Perth
Loretta Carbray Interior Decorator, Hobart
Kings Perth Hotel, Perth
City OF Stirling Municipal Offices, WA
Peter Fletcher Realty, Victoria Park,WA
Azure Capital Lawyers, Perth
Clue Design web design & development, S Perth
Starlight Publicity, Perth
Pineview Lifestyle Village, Tapping, WA
Heart Foundation, WA
Scoop Magazine, WA
Lauriston Girls School, Melbourne
Joondalup Health Campus, WA
Summit Homes, Western Australia
NSC Corporate Consultants, Perth
Burrup Fertilizers Pty Ltd, WA
MI Constructions, WA
Odin Road Chiropractic Centre WA
Glen O’Brien Real Estate, Fremantle, WA
Princess Margaret Hospital for Children, WA
Surround Sounds, Nedlands, WA
Whale + Ale Pub, WA
Murchison Metals, WA

Selected Publications

Southern Gazette, Feb 2001
Access Channel 31 “Eye On Perth”, July 2002
Subiaco Post, May 2003
Western Suburbs Weekly, May 2004
Postcards WA, July 2004
The Sunday Times “STM”, Aug 2004
Sunday Times Home Section, Oct 2004
Insite Magazine Scoop Magazine, Nov 2004
Australian House & Garden, Nov 2004
Zebra Magazine, Jan 2005
Homes & Living Western Australia, Jan 2005
7 Network “My Restaurant Rules” The Mint Leaf Restaurant, Mar 2005
The Post Newspaper, April, 2005
ArtisSpectrum Magazine, USA, May 2005
Qantas In Flight Magazine May 2005
The West Australian Newspaper “Today”, July 2005
The Sunday Times, “Prestige Property”, Oct 2005
Instyle Custom Homes, Magazine, Oct 2005
The Sunday Times “STM”, “Celebri-Art”, Jan 2006
The Sunday Times, “Prestige Property”, Feb 2006
X-Press Magazine, “Celebri-Art”, April 2006
Mix 94.5 FM, Mar 2006
Sunday Times STM magazine “Mainy Hits The Canvas”, May 2006
The Sunday Times STM magazine “Deckchair Auction”, “Celebri-Art”, June 2006
Artost Chronicle WA, July 2006
Western Suburbs Weekly “Work Of Art”, Aug 2006
Stockholm City Newspaper “Ambienza”, Aug 2006
Kultur l Magazine, Stockholm, Aug 2006
WA Homes & Living Magazine “Art Edition” Spring 2006, Sept 2006
The West Australian Newspaper “ART” by Debbie Guest, Sept 2006
Radio 6PR Di Bauwens “Out And About In Perth”, Sept 2006
X-Press Magazine “Eye 4 Arts”, Oct 2006
The Sunday Times, Home Magazine “Smart Home”, Jan 2007
Southern Gazette Arts & Lifestyle “Brighter Future for WA Art”, Oct 2007

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