Victor Rubin, John Olsen Part II In His Bath, 2010. Acrylic on linen, 199×168 cms.
Victor Rubin, Luna Park Sydney c. 1960, 2017-18. Acrylic on linen, 168×199 cms.
Victor Rubin, Matrix 4 and in the Inter Self, 2001. Mixed media on linen, 168×199 cms.
“Victor Rubin has been inspired by Western traditions of representation for over five decades with metaphysical work on the self and the environment. Using visual language like a literary master Rubin explores the most universally complex questions of existence through allegorical visions referencing the apocalypse, mass migration, world wars, everyday surroundings, utopia and love with equal amounts of seriousness and ambiguity. Rubin’s ever-evolving approach is the result of a life dedicated to aesthetic inquiry and studied emulation of prehistoric art and Western art from Impressionism to Modernism, Cubism, Surrealism, Abstract Expressionism, Pop Art and beyond. As Rubin put it, “The history of art is in my work.”
Victor Rubin, An Internal Dialogue, 20 September — 13 October 2018. Fox Galleries Melbourne.