Enjoy Slow Art

Did you know the average museum-goer spends only 7 seconds with a work of art? Join Jennie Dotts in doing the opposite on Sunday, Aug 13th, 1pm for "Slow Art"-- extended conversation, analysis and enjoyment of Rubin Peacock's "Untitled Totem" in the Sculpture Garden...

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Fantasy Figures

Many who enjoy art have a habit of categorizing by style:  Is the work realistic, abstract, figurative, and so on.  However, some artists, like Rubin, have personal styles that combine or defy categories. Take, for instance, the highly individualized style of his...

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Strapped Bronzes

Strapped Bronzes In this series of strapped bronzes--some with combinations of carved stone--the artist modifies the traditional use of bronze while suggesting an uncharacteristic, possibly ritualistic, relationship between these two natural elements. The underlying...

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Inside Faces

Created in 2015, Rubin's series of bronze faces is an exercise in expression through composition and deliberate surface distortion.  These faces seem to be searching for the undercurrent, a sense of character, mystery and wit. The real beneath the apparent. With them,...

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Three Dimensional Paintings

During the early 1980’s, when space-age casting material became available to artists, Rubin ventured into a new area of creative expression.While he has long specialized in bronze sculpture, Rubin began using high–fired aluminum silica products and colloidal binders to create basic sculpture forms.

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Fantasy Reliefs

Rubin’s bronze relief tablets evolved over decades of drawing, painting and applying surface textures to his bronze sculptures in a personalized form of calligraphy. His paintings and bronzes have always shown a close relationship to each other, resembling and...

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Courtyard Maquettes: Spirited Geometry

Just as paintings often begin with a sketch, large sculptures evolve from scale models in plaster, wax or clay called maquettes. These models represent original ideas–newly formed– before their completion as finished products. For decades, sculptor Rubin Peacock experimented with shapes and ideas through maquettes, which resulted in bronze or stone and bronze sculptures.

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Ancient Sources, Modern Spirit

In the spring of this year, the Virginia Museum of Fine Arts installed Rubin Peacock’s “Fantasy Stele” in its Sculpture Garden, the first by a Virginia artist. But this piece has a history going back to 1978. That year, Rubin was in Pietrasanta, Italy working on a commissioned bronze for the Federal Reserve Bank in Richmond, VA.

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