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Tharsing, Robert

Lexington, KY


found object sculptures

A native of Santa Monica, CA, Robert Tharsing graduated from the University of California at Berkeley in 1967 with BA and MA degrees. He is currently a retired Professor Emeritus in the Art Department at the University of Kentucky, where he began teaching in 1971.


Color dominates Tharsing’s work. He is known for the breadth of his artwork, which includes both abstract and representational paintings and sculpture. He even ventures into the realm of mobiles and sculpture using driftwood collected from his summer home in Nova Scotia and wood salvaged from the 2003 ice storm in Lexington, KY.


Tharsing explains, “I am interested in a variety of ideas regarding the nature of painting and I have developed several ways of working to address realism and abstraction, often mixing both.” It pleases him that there are still new ways to make paintings as he searches for meaning.


Works by Robert Tharsing can be found at the Ann Tower Gallery, Lexington, KY; and at the Kentucky Artisan Center at Berea, Berea, KY.