San Francisco-based artist Russ R. Robinson, affectionately known as ‘R3,’ has emerged with his unique approach to fine art and contemporary pointillism. After a two-decade hiatus from wielding pencils, pens, and brushes, R3 found his way back to the world of art through an unexpected avenue: adult coloring books for mindfulness.
In 2020, R3 took a leap and launched R3 Colorings, an endeavor that goes beyond traditional artistry. Through this platform, he shares not only his original artworks but also prints, apparel, and a vibrant array of other products, all featuring his distinctive “Colorings.”
What sets R3 apart is his fluid and dynamic style, which places a strong emphasis on perspectives, depth, and playful color activations. At the core of his artistic expression is the signature collection titled “Rise-or-Set?” This collection delves into abstract horizons, exploring the fascinating interplay between one’s mood or temperament and their perception of the world.
One of R3’s milestones is his inclusion in Marquis Who’s Who in America 2023, a recognition that speaks volumes about the impact he has made in a relatively short span of time. His story, “How Coloring Books Changed my Life,” as featured on Uptime.app, offers a glimpse into the transformative power of art in his personal journey.
A highlight in R3’s portfolio is the “Count-the-Dots” pointillism series, a testament to his dedication to pushing artistic boundaries. This series, alongside the continued exploration of “Rise-or-Set?” and the vibrant “Rainbow” collection, showcases R3’s versatility and commitment to evolving his craft.
One of his pieces, “A Starry Night in Dots,” exemplifies R3’s skill of contemporary pointillism. Executed with Crayola markers on canvas, this artwork is a bold reinterpretation of a timeless masterpiece. R3, inspired by the work of past masters, took on the challenge of infusing the iconic “Starry Night” with his unique dotted style, creating an homage that seamlessly blends tradition with innovation.
In a spartan yet conversational tone, R3 reflects on this particular piece, stating, “This is me putting my contemporary pointillism style to the test! I’ve always admired the masterpiece and wanted to give it a go with the dots. I was thrilled to create an homage to a master in a unique, new style.” R3 stands as a testament to the enduring power of artistic passion and the transformative nature of creative expression.