Robb Putnam

Hometown Seattle, WA
Lives and Works Oakland, CA
MFA, Mills College, Oakland, CA, 2008
BFA, Maryland Institute, College of Art, Baltimore, MD, 1993

Robb Putnam Gallery Art

Walter Maciel Gallery, Los Angeles, CA
Rena Bransten Gallery, San Francisco, CA

In both his drawings and sculptures, artist Robb Putnam seeks to expose the vulnerabilities of mankind by exploring the areas between intimacy and fear, revulsion and longing. In his sculptures, Putnam uses shirts, blankets, fake fur, and other materials to build animal-like forms that look like mutant overgrown toys or strange characters from children's books. Putnam's aim is to provoke in the viewer both a connection with and an aversion to the subject.

In 2008, Putnam was awarded the Joan Mitchell Foundation Painters and Sculptors Award as well as the Herringer Prize for Excellence in Studio Art. In addition to his participation in a number of group exhibitions and art fairs, Putnam has had a number of solo exhibitions in the United States and Japan.
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