Robert Hansen

Philadelphia, PA

I came to painting after two careers—university teaching on Russian affairs and then 25 years as a foreign affairs analyst for the US State Department. After years of admiring the art of abstract expressionists I began painting in that approximate style in 2000. My art explores the endless ways acrylic paint can be applied, creating and combining colors, texture, line and form. I do not plan a painting before I begin; my work starts with a color pallet and evolves. Accident is important in the process though I continually make decisions about what is working and deserves to be kept. My paintings come mainly from my imagination although travels in the American southwest and abroad—India, Iceland, Mexico — have been inspiration for many works.


Since 2006 my paintings have been selected for many juried and invitational shows in the Philadelphia area (Phillips Mill in New Hope, PA, 2012-2016, 2019), Philly Sketch Club (numerous 2010-2019) and Homefront Art Jam, Princeton, NJ 2017-2020. I have shown annually with Abstract Artists of Bucks County since 2010, and often with Artsbridge in Stockton, NJ and at the New Hope Arts Center. Solo shows or my work have been presented at the Allens Lane Art Center in Philadelphia (2015) and at Foulkeways in Gwynedd, PA (2017).

Teaching: Volunteer Painting Instructor at Homefront ArtSpace, 2020.


1963 Rockford College, BA History and Political Science
1975 Princeton University, PhD in Politics

Art Training:

2002, 2004 Alexandria Art League with Marcia Staiger
2005-2009 The Arts, Stockton, NJ with Pat Martin
2007, 2008 Bucks County Community College with Karen Baumeister
2011 Tim Hawkesworth workshop, Norristown, PA
2012-2014 The Drawing Studio, Tucson AZ with Josh Goldberg