These are just some of the many artists whose work has influenced Patrick Rubinstein’s practice. From surrealism to pop art and from photography to sculpture, he draws inspiration from just about everywhere, mischievously bringing distant worlds into dialogue. For a monumental Love, his thoughts turn to Marilyn Monroe, the Mona Lisa, Betty Boop, Charlie Chaplin, Basquiat and Michelangelo. An improbable mix, and yet we’re swept away!
Patrick Rubinstein’s pieces tap into our memories. For a portrait of Einstein, he sees love as the answer. Wisdom or provocation? He chooses themes that speak to him—music, rock and hope, to name a few. Sometimes, a quote will fire his imagination, like Martin Luther King Jr.’s famous “I Have a Dream” speech or the title of a song like Michael Jackson’s “Beat It”, but the artist clearly has his idols. His admiration for Jagger moves him to create several portraits of this rock icon. And what about Warhol? He features him many times, sometimes alone, sometimes with the artist’s three muses—Elizabeth Taylor, Jackie Kennedy and Marilyn Monroe—from a construction in the form of a single large rectangle to a multi-part work or a cut-out silhouette.
Patrick Rubinstein has a prolific imagination. Worse still, this hyperactive talent leaves no dream unexamined. A drop ceiling festooned with op art for an office? He lets loose a bevy of cartoon superheroes! A work of art accessible to everyone? He invents a rotating pillar. Decorating city walls? “Let me just get my hands on the quais of the Seine in Paris!”
The masters guiding Patrick Rubinstein’s explorations in kinetic art include Yaacov Agam, Carlos Cruz-Diez, Julio Le Parc, Victor Vasarely, Marcel Duchamp and Alexander Calder. Like them, he aims to bring art to new horizons. “Why not dream up an enormous truncated cube strategically positioned in a supermarket parking lot?” Each side would include a message to be discovered in kinetic art. Out in the open for everyone to see and explore. One day, a stranger comes to a halt in front of one of the artist’s works on display in Honfleur. In fact, she is frozen to the spot, visibly very moved. Later, she admits that she had fallen into a trance. For the artist, her message is one of the best compliments he has ever received.
Patrick Rubinstein’s particular talent is to speak to anyone and everybody and to the universal in all of us. Represented by Galeries Bartoux since his beginnings and featured at their galleries in France and around the world, Opera Gallery also rolls out the red carpet for him in Dubai and Seoul. His works are finding favor. And since people like his art, his star is rising. Any wild fantasies? “A commission from Kanye West!” Let’s get the word out.