Resides in New York
Wells grew up in Boston, MA. He was a professor of Art History at Northeastern University for 30 years; then adjunct Prof. of Art at New York University before teaching at University of New Mexico in Santa Fe and Taos. He studied in Europe after being awarded the Joslin Fellowship, after graduating from School of the Boston Museum of Fine Art.
His work is in Museum of TelAviv, Israel . Robert's piece "Red Moon", painted in 50s, is in the Boston Museum of Fine Arts permanent collection.
I never paint without listening to classical music. My emotional response to each listening experience is “seeing” the colors of the sounds produced by different solo parts or passages in the music. These colors form the basis of the painting’s production.
Music itself is abstract: it has color, spaces in the compositions that have no sound at all, and when you listen to music you sense a feeling of movement, and there is a texture to the music I select for responding to. My intention is to have all those components in my paintings.
I do not however intend to represent or express the ideas or subject matter of the music. I merely respond emotionally, “seeing” and hearing the colors which become the color-shapes that ascend in space, much the way a musical sound rises in space.