Chronicling a fascination with 1950’s and 60’s iconography, Robert Mars creates artwork that celebrates both the commonplace objects and spectacular icons of an America long past and how they remain relevant in todays' society. Although looking to the past, his artwork reflects a thoroughly modern vision, and are presented in an exquisitely constructed manner. His eye for a distinct facet of American history is impeccable, and his ability to manipulate both the color and wordplay of vintage printed material has earned him reference with the likes of Andy Warhol, Robert Rauschenberg, and Richard Diebenkorn, among other masters from the School of Pop. By taking inspiration from the Golden Age of American popular culture and celebrating figures of the 1950’s and 60’s. The past is always a part of the present.
Robert Mars taps into these feelings with paintings that mediate between memory and desire. He conjures a panorama of postwar America that owes as much to the fantasies of a country emerging triumphantly from decades of turmoil as it does to the actual conditions of a society where consumption and identity were becoming perilously intertwined. Eleanor Heartney
Pictorial irony at its succinct best involves the paradoxical integration of seemingly unrelated representations in an emblematic image, suggesting they have something in common, however unexpectedly. Donald Kuspit