Robert Stark is a painter in the Luminist tradition, painting principally in oil on
canvas and panel. Luminism takes its name
from light and refers to the subtle coloristic effects that sunlight, ever changing in intensity, produces
on land, sea and
in the sky. He sees the New England coast as a place where people have lived long and worked hard
and feel part
of the land and sea. He attended Nantucket schools and after graduating from Nantucket High School,
served in the
Navy during the Korean War.
Robert Starks now famous "red sails" series of catboat paintings are avidly collected.
simplifying a scene and focusing on a single element, he is able to grab the viewer and bring that
viewer directly into the painting. A Robert Stark painting is definitely a "stopper." A year-round
resident of Nantucket, the artist when not painting in his harbor studio, can usually be found on
his 24-foot bass boat, fishing the waters of Nantucket Sound.