Singular Vision: Robert Loughlin 1998-2011

Patrick Parrish Gallery is pleased to present Singular Vision: Robert Loughlin 1998-2011 through November 13th. The pieces come from my personal collection with the majority coming to me directly from the artist himself. I met Robert at the 26th Street Flea Market sometime in the early 90s, and he was a nearly weekly presence in my life from that time on until he tragically died in 2011. Robert painted the roll gate of my very first gallery on 22nd Street in Chelsea with a huge and brooding orange “Brute” (Where, oh where, are those pictures, not to mention the gate!).

Robert's last day started one morning in a loft above my second gallery on Duane Street, where he was signing a painting that I had traded with an art dealer who lived there. I missed him that morning, but the pictures Skot shared with me showed Robert being Robert: silly, rude, obnoxious and sweet, pretty much all at the same time.

I have often said that Robert would have been the Larry Gagosian of the design world if it weren't for his “demons” of alcohol and drugs. I learned so much from Robert, bought great things from him, and sold him great things as well. I have so many stories about Robert... so please come by the gallery, as I am sure you have some of your own, and we can share them and laugh about the “World's Greatest Picker" and his effect on the design & art scene, which was so epic and is still felt to this day.

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