"Tin Robot" (2013) by American Contemporary artist Michael Fitts is a whimsical and highly detailed original oil painting on reclaimed metal. Fitts paints the vintage toy in a manner that is intentionally filled with nostalgia and Neo-Pop kitsch. He elevates the importance of this whimsical everyday object to the status of a revered icon, by painting the toy in super-bright colors, placing it at the center of the metal "canvas" and with a deep shadow, as if it hovers just above the rusted brown surface.
The eye makes its way to the water through the dunes and beach grass. This piece is part of an ongoing series created with a palette knife and displays unique layering of color and abstract perception. When beginning this particular piece, I set out to offer more abstraction, giving a contemporary view with enough information for imagination to fill in the scene. The painting is on gallery wrapped Belgian linen with clean, natural edges. It comes varnished and wired to hang. Read more in the description below.