In Focus Podcast

Episode 38  

Brodesky’s work features human figures captured in a particular instant, a pivotal moment when something changes.

Welcome artist Robert “Bob” Brodesky to the second installation of our first topical series: THE VAN GOGH BOAT. The concept stems from Rene Riccard, American poet, actor, art critic, painter, and Southcoast native pictured here. In 1981, he penned The Radiant Child about painter Jean Michell Basquiat which is often referred to as the seminal Artforum article. The following is an excerpt from the article.

Everybody wants to get on the Van Gogh
boat. There’s no trip so horrible that
someone won’t take it. The idea of the
unrecognized genius slaving away in a
garret is a deliciously foolish one. We
must credit the life of Vincent Van Gogh
for really sending this myth into orbit.

How many pictures did he sell? One? He
couldn’t give them away. We are so ashamed
of his life that the rest of art history
will be retribution for Van Gogh’s
neglect. No one wants to be part of a
generation that ignores another Van Gogh.

Bob is a painter and was previously featured on In-Focus Podcast Number 5. He’s based in the Boston-area and has been painting all his life. Robert Brodesky specializes in boldly-colored, figurative painting in an expressionistic style, rendered in oils and pastels on canvas, paper, and wood.

Bob likes working big – a surface big enough to allow him to be expansive, and physical. Brodesky’s work features human figures captured in a particular instant, a pivotal moment when something changes. His style – expressive and gestural – focuses on the dynamics of human relationships.

Listen in on the conversation as The Artist Index’s host, Ron Fortier, speaks with Bob Brodesky about his experiences on THE VAN GOGH BOAT and focuses on the struggle most artists face. They also discuss his work in relation to his success and how he invites viewers to participate in his paintings and enter the moment, and offer their own take on the situation and where it might lead.

The whole concept of The Artists Index and the journey we are embarking on are still in the making and very organic. At this critical time in our country’s history, as we are experiencing and attempting to remain safely at home during the Covid 19 Pandemic. This podcast was assisted by Skype.  If you would like to be a guest or, have a suggestion, please let us know!

Robert Brodesky

60 Allerton Road

Milton, Massachusetts 02186



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Rene Riccard - Rolling Stone