Robert Skinner

Robert Skinner

"I have always preferred 3-dimensional works (both wall relief and free-standing) to flat work like painting, and floating the parts and objects above the background with hidden posts. This is harder to do than simply gluing the objects to the background, but sometimes it is necessary if they are fragile or thin or small. I work almost completely with wood, but found objects of metal or plastic are mounted on posts and held with fine wire to the background discretely."


I’ve made many geometric illusions with light and dark woods giving the illusion of stairs, or rooms or stacked baby blocks (a quilt pattern). Besides selling in galleries in the Hamptons (Long Island) I also sold a large one to the CBS private dining room in NYC, and another piece was auctioned off at Sothebys.

In the 80’s and 90’s I made large, standing wood constructions from beams and planks jettisoned overboard from ships and collected on the Hampton beaches. These were exhibited and some sold at the Parrish Art Museum in Southampton, and Guild Hall in East Hampton. I have also exhibited in the Heckscher Museum in Huntington, L I.

Several years ago my wife and I bought an old farm house as a summer house in West Hebron village, and since 2010 I have been exhibiting every year at the Agricultural Stewardship Association (ASA) show held at Maple Ridge Farm in Coila, just west of Cambridge, every Columbus Day weekend (4 days). The ASA demands agricultural themes, and entries are chosen (or not) by an ASA-selected judge of art. Up to 10 works are chosen. I exhibit ancient farm tools, each mounted on boards as old as the tool. I have had sales every year.

In 2018 I mounted each tool on a new brightly painted board. In these same summer years I have exhibited mostly antique, unusual and home-made tools (no farm, or not- beautiful tools such as hammers, screwdrivers, wrenches, or pliers etc.), and also a few large wheeled constructions in the barn gallery of Gardenworks on Route 30 north out of Salem. Most recently I showed my work at the Salem Courthouse Gallery, Salem, NY."

I was born in Lowell, MA and grew up in Dracut, a suburb. At age 10 an uncle, an inventor, gave me a power jig saw for Christmas. I was soon cutting out lawn ornaments such as ducks with little ones, a dog, and other animals, painting them, and filling our front lawn.

My career had started. At age 14 my family moved to a small farm in Mont Vernon, NH, with woods and fields which I loved. I learned carpentry by helping my father build a modest chicken coop and a bridge of logs over a small ravine. I loved building and making things, and after high school I spent two years
working for a local carpenter, who suggested that I go to college. 

Robert Skinner
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Robert Skinner
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Robert Skinner
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Robert Skinner
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Robert Skinner
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Robert Skinner
Regular price $350.00
Robert Skinner
Regular price $350.00
Robert Skinner
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