Robert Dampier, Texas Sculpture Group

From Alpine, Texas

Artist Statement:

I was born in Houston Texas and now reside in the small West Texas town of Terlingua.

I have always had a love of the old and discarded parts of the world for as long as I can remember. 

The idea of taking what was considered refuse or outdated and transforming those items into a work of emotional nostalgia for the viewer, can only be described as a lifelong obsession.

There is no end of material things that are thrown away, end up in thrift shops, or that can be found in the local desert and streets. As long as there are objects to be found, I'll continue to build my creations of lost and neglected objects.

I apply this method to almost everything I do creatively, as I am autodidactic and love to explore many processes. With that the idea of using what is already available in your environment and applying those materials in a meaningful way to Sculpture, Painting, Assemblage, Design and just about everything else.

Being a self-taught artist, my work has evolved continually over the years. The work produced is more about the process of creation and the telling of parables. My desire is to evoke an emotional response, and a connection with the viewer. I prefer hearing the interpretations of others and what they see, rather than dictate what that should be.

To create meaning from objects that have none, this is my greatest Joy!

My piece in the exhibit "Zaphod" was used in the feature film "The House With A Clock In Its Walls".

Artist Biography:

Rober Dampier is a self-taught artist from Houston TX. He has been creating with found & discarded objects since his childhood. He is driven & finds inspiration from objects around him. He enjoys telling parables & giving deeper meaning, new spirit, and endowing them with rediscovered appreciation. Robert is currently building a off-grid home & studio with his wife in Terlingua TX .

Solo Exhibition Redbud Gallery 2019 Houston TX.

Created six works of art for the feature film 
“The House With A Clock In It’s Walls” in late 2017. Directed by Eli Roth and Produced by Brad Fischer. Set Design by Jon Huntsman and Set Decorator Ellen Brill. 
The film starred Cate Blanchette, Jack Black, and Kyle MacLauchlan.

Art Teacher for two years 2003 - 2005 through the Galveston Art Center Education & Outreach Program at UTMB Child Life Center, St. Vincent’s House and Ronald McDonald House.