Born 1955 in Broken Bow, Nebraska. Lives and works in New York.
Robert Terry received attention in the early 1980s for his vivid and colorful landscape paintings. His ability to combine neo-expressionism and realism makes his landscapes into mental as much as physical experiences. Initially Terry's heavy impasto colors seem to embrace one another and then strongly emphasize their independence. At close range the interaction between the layers of paint makes the work abstract. When backing up, however, the muddle clears up and a painterly romantic landscape appears. Nature's connection to the nation is well spoken of in the romantic literature of the 19th century in which a country's nature is described in lofty, almost godlike terms. By choosing a passage from Ralph Waldo Emerson’s poem Nature as backdrop, Terry grants his nature sceneries a near theistic dimension.