Born and raised in the Inwood section of northernmost Manhattan, NYC... Robert Eustace attributes his eventual 'calling' in Art to various central roots: playtime in the surrounding Park Systems 'primeval wilderness'; discovering mystery and wonder amongst the art, fragrances and shadows found within a traditional catholic church (and by extension, frequent trips to the nearby Cloisters Museum of Art - a complete monastic setting with medieval herbal gardens that was assembled from architectural shards gathered from across the face of Europe). Lastly, being mentored by the social-conscious primitive expressionist painter, Peter Dean (1934-93). The work of Robert Eustace evokes a mysticism of memory and yearning for the transcendent, this in light of subsequent exile.
I am primarily interested in space... or the charting of a deeply personal and resonant space, as it refers to mysticism and memory. In the ever changing realm of artistic creativity, I am forever searching for a zone, an open space, a palce of calm to call my own, an area open to imagination and revelation.... I am likewise interested in following 'the ambient sound' that ever calls to me and informs my life.... I seek to capture the fragile sparkling of the last interstices (here at the end of time), as I reach in faith out to the void, create and pull something of substance back into the here and now.
My work in the series' 'Aenigmate' and the recent 'Tree of Souls' (Mixed-Media Constructions and Drawings) - likened to illuminated manuscripts, ikons and reliquaries, stem from my interest in medieval studies, art history, philosophy, music, mysticism, sacred texts and the Bible. Some themes: Mary (mother and child), Christ's passion, the current collapse of existing time honored structures, the window as portal to mystery and grace and the park as model paradise garden. *'Aenigmate' means: To look and perceive as if viewing from a darkened (distorted) glass.