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Donald C. Robertson

(1925-1984)

Donald Calvin Robertson was born in Springfield, Illinois in 1925. He obtained his B.F.A. from the John Herron Art Institute in 1952 and his M.F.A. from the University of Illinois in 1955. Known for his non-objective abstract paintings, he studied under Joseph Albers, the father of optical art. His work consists of geometric shapes with progressive beams of color that radiate from a center and give a phosphorescent effect making the shapes almost seem to pulsate or move inside each other. Robertson has also served as Chairman of the Art Department Art at the State University of New York at Buffalo, and taught painting and printmaking. His work has been exhibited throughout the country, and surrounding area including the Albright-Knox Art Gallery, the Memorial Art Gallery in Rochester, the Everson Museum in Syracuse, and Roberson Center for Arts and Sciences in Binghamton. The (then-named) Burchfield Art Center presented Donald Robertson (1925-1985): A Retrospective that celebrated his career February 3 – March 15, 1987.