107 Bowers Gallery & Art Space: Artist Conversation with Philip A. Robinson Jr.

Who are you (Name) and where do you live?

Philip A. Robinson Jr. and I live in Jersey City.

Are you an artist for your full time work? If not, what is your day job?

I am a full time artist who educates others to pursue my passion.

What was your pivotal moment in your life that drove you to create “art”?

For me it wasn’t a particular moment, but a realization that I could use my hands to create projects for other classes in school besides art. I struggled in math and history in middle school so I had to figure out a way to increase my grades. My solution was to use the creativity I used in art class into my other subjects.

Why do you think art is important?

I see art as a universal language.

What do you want people to know about you or your art?

I am interested in the “celebrity mindset” within adolescents and adults’ todays “wealth signifiers”. I rummage through different cultures music, fashion, and media to formulate my own connotations of real life situations and historical backgrounds.

Do you have a goal for your art?

My goals are constantly changing.

Do you listen to music when you create? Any favorite bands/musicians?

I have to listen to music when I create. It usually depends on the mood I am in or the sculpture I am working on as to what gets put on my playlist. The volume also needs to be turned all the way up. My neighbors always know when I’m getting ready to spend a few hours in the studio.

Many people think artist are only “right brained” – what else do you do well?

Argue with left brained individuals.

What has influenced your work?

Google, Spotify, Hip-Hop, R&B, the 90’s, the NBA, the NFL, NYC, Wood, Metal, Fashion, Black Culture, my ancestry, and my friends, have all influenced my work.

You walk into your favorite art store – what section to you beeline for (regardless of your actual need)?

My favorite art store is a wood mill in Woodstock, NY. I go straight for the Walnut (wood).

What art tool do you carry with you wherever you go?

My hands.

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