(American, 1927-2016)


Gouache, Acrylic and Paper Collage Mounted on Painted Board

29 x 23 Inches

Signed in Graphite, Lower Right, 'Inman'

Board Dimensions: 32 x 26 Inches


Robert Inman first studied at Occidental College and, subsequently, at the Chouinard Art Institute. After graduating in 1952, he worked as a technical illustrator and, from 1959, was employed by UPA and MGM Studios as a key background painter. A bold and expressive colorist, Inman also designed and painted for a variety of notable films and television shows including the Dick Tracy Show and Dr. Seuss's, 'How the Grinch Stole Christmas' among others. After retiring as an animator in 1973, Inman focused on his fine art career, exhibiting widely and with success, including at the Los Angeles County Museum of Art picture gallery, the Butler Institute of Art and the Umeda Museum of Modern Art in Osaka. Robert Inman's work may be found in private, corporate and public collections world-wide including the collections of IBM and Bank of America and the permanent collection of the Umeda Museum of Modern Art in Japan, among others.


Speaking of his work, Robert Inman said:

“I’ve gone through three different stages in my painting career. I started out doing realistic works and ended up an abstract painter. People sometimes ask me “Why did you put that color there?” or “What were you thinking about when you did that painting?” I tell them I don’t think a lot about those decisions when I’m working. I work emotionally not intellectually. After so many years I’ve learned to trust myself---to just let it out. If I think too much about what I’m doing my work will get fussy or stiff. I work from the belly.”


Partial List of Exhibitions:

1995 Millard Sheets Gallery, Pomona, CA

Art Studio Gallery, Santa Monica, CA

Westside Art Forum, Los Angeles, CA

World Works Gallery, Pismo Beach, CA

1994 LA Art Installations Four, Los Angeles, CA

Gallery Umeda, Osaka, Japan

UCLA Hammer Museum Sales & Rental Gallery, Los Angeles, CA

Boston Corp. Art, Boston, MA

West Side Art Forum, Los Angeles, CA

1993 Annual Juried Competition, "Brand XXIII", Glendale, CA.

Los Angeles Juried Exhibition, Barnsdall Park, Los Angeles, CA

Allrich Gallery, San Francisco, CA

Hartog Fine Art Gallery, Los Angeles, CA

801 North Brand Gallery, Glendale, CA

1992 Ambassador Galleries, NY, NY

Reece Galleries, NY, NY

Butler Institute of American Art, Youngstown, OH

1991 Umeda Museum of Modern Art, Osaka, Japan

Gallery Umeda Ginza Salon, Tokyo, Japan

Iri Gallery, Los Angeles, CA

1990 LAAC, Los Angeles, CA

Bridge Gallery, Los Angeles, CA

1989 Gallery Umeda, Osaka, Japan

Ivey Gallery, Los Angeles, CA

1986 Ariel Gallery, NY, NY

Valerie Miller Fine Arts, Palm Desert, CA

The Givenness Gallery, Santa Fe, NM

1987 Long Beach Open Juried Exhibition, Long Beach, CA

Los Angeles County Museum Corporate Rental & Sales Gallery

1986 American Institute of Architects, Santa Clara, CA

1985 Nagase Memorial Museum, Tokyo, Japan

1984 Yates Associated, Sunset Beach, CA

Gallery Haku, Osaka, Japan

Montalvo Center for the Arts, Saratoga, CA


Collections (Selected):

Hale and Dorr, Boston, MA

Essex Investment Management Co. Inc., Boston, MA

Royal Hotel, Osaka, Japan

Daikin Kogyo Corp., Osaka, Japan

Bank of America

Umeda Museum of Modern Art, Osaka, Japan

Toyota Motors U.S.A. Headquarters

IBM Corporation Headquarters








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