“Two Trash Cans with Lids” by Robert Moran Isley


“Two Trash Cans with Lids” by Robert Moran Isley. Oil on canvas, signed upper right by artist.

Robert Moran Isley, an American artist is best known for his outdoors (plein-air) pieces, but all his paintings display a similar loose brushstroke and an exquisite understanding of light and composition. After receiving numerous scholarships and attending the prestigious Yale University summer session, he graduated with honors in 1983 from Atlanta College of Art. He lives in Savannah and has been a full-time artist since 1990. Isley exhibits extensively in the Southeast and has had his work in numerous juried and

The artist expresses himself in his own words: “Drawing and painting have always played an important role in my life. First, by providing me a way of experiencing the world and finding my own place within it, and secondly, by giving me a means of expressing to others those things that have most profoundly impressed me. My process involves finding those objects, scenes, or lighting conditions that most perfectly resonate with an inner feeling or mood. It is an attempt to experience the object or scene directly, in and for itself, and then through painting, to communicate that experience as simply and straight-forwardly as possible.

Robert’s paintings are mostly small – jewels, made of the many things ubiquitous to modern American life.  A refrigerator with family photos and calendars, a laundry room just prior to laundry day, cars parked under a street light.  With eyes that see the common with delight, Robert translates our world of traffic, pizza night, and trash day into  well-ordered beauty.  We are allowed to share those simple homely memories, re-experiencing those moments we once let pass us by,  with the refreshed air of nostalgia.

That mission is evident in this piece.  Again, he takes an ordinary task, garbage day, and creates art.  He is aware through observation that this is the landscape of America.  It could be any city or state, rural or urban.  Isley captures the ordinary and is able to make it extraordinary and unique.  This is a close-up observation of the scene after the trash cans have been emptied, something that resonates with everyone because it’s a contemporary scene.  He does not commit to one place or time.  The brushstrokes are bold and clean.  The cans are the focal point and the variations of green surround them creating an indefinite and timeless piece.

This painting can fit in any decor or environment.  You are able to make it your own expression.

The piece is framed in solid wood without a mat, using the golden tones of the extended frame to surround the painting and introduce tones that are not seen in the painting.

Framed size: 16″ wide x 14″ high