‘Hats off to all, people! Robin Coyner’ acrylic paintings on display at South Shore Arts

Artist Robin Coyner’s first solo exhibition with South Shore Arts is now on view in the Atrium Gallery.

“Hats off to all, folks! Robin Coyner’s acrylic paintings” will be on display until November 26 at the Center for Visual and Performing Arts at 1040 Ridge Road in Munster.

He is a lifelong artist and educator who earned a BFA from Purdue University and a teaching license from Indiana Wesleyan University.

He taught art at Delphi Community High School for 15 years.

“Coyner credits his teaching experiences with deepening his knowledge of the nuances of art and people,” gallery coordinator Brandon Johnson said in a press release. “Hats off to all, friends! by Robin Coyner. is an unrestrained look at a unique creative mind and presents an incomparable portrayal of popular culture.

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He will give a lecture and gallery tour at 10 a.m. on Monday, October 24 for the Art in Focus series. Coyner will have an artists’ reception from 1 to 3 p.m. on Sunday, November 13.

“Not content with bending his style to connoisseurs of the fine art world, Robin Coyner’s work accelerates with all the thrills of a high-speed car chase. Both disparate and yet equally harmonious, Coyner’s works resemble a painted collage of all that is natural, humorous and human,” Johnson said. “His artwork wouldn’t look out of place next to the ever-brilliant works of Terry Gilliam or Hugh Harman, whose latest creation, ‘The Looney Tunes’, later inspired Coyner’s title for this exhibit.”

His work is creative and full of humour.

“He said he never lacked creativity or inspiration. Letting his myriad ideas run wild, he would often abandon any semblance of a plan in favor of letting every piece he paints on the canvas influence the next, weaving together a story to captivate the viewer,” said Johnson. “This creative ebb and flow is what gives rise to Coyner’s vibrant and whimsical paintings. Coyner always strives to keep his tone light and humorous, believing that it allows the viewer to have a more engaging experience and also helps build a stronger rapport with the viewer.

The main focus of this exhibition is Coyner’s acrylic paintings on canvas. He also works on other mediums.

“He has worked with oils and inks on other projects and experimented with and implemented other forms of surfaces when creating his artwork,” Johnson said. “He never hesitated to give up his favorite medium instead of one that better suited his ideas.”

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