My work is heavily rooted in the Rebus Art Form from 15th century Tudor England, and has been described as both kitsch and absurdist.
Prior to pursuing it full time, I had been painting as a hobby since my teen years. After the events of 9/11 ended my career as an airline industry executive, I began this series in 2002. My work arose from one particularly nauseating colloquial expression from the late 1990’s…. “We need to start thinking outside of the box”. After hearing the phrase repeated approximately 3,043 times, I sketched a man standing in an open box with a lightbulb above his head.
Thus began my compulsion to visually interpret all of the moronic and insipid phrases we say and hear on a daily basis.
-Robert Deyber, 2016