Cayen Robertson
Larkspur, California

Cayen Robertson’s beautiful, small scale paintings are on Japanese paper. She works intuitively, developing the compositions as she places each mark, which leads her into the next shape. She paints on both sides of the paper, and the final piece is determined only when the work is dry and folded. This process creates a sense of mystery, since you may wonder what is hidden behind the folds. Although the final piece is in some ways accidental, the transitions from panel to panel feel natural. Her work has a clear Asian influence, imitating Japanese origami, and also incorporating delicate black ink marks that accentuate the designs. The panel folds are also reminiscent of Japanese screens, and feel as if they are chronicling time, such as transitions between seasons or times of day. Cayen loves spending time in her garden, and the pieces have a natural influence. The work is playful and light, but the action of folding creates a sense of permanence, something that cannot be undone.

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Oil painting on paper
Signed on front and back

10" h x 9.5" w 
0 lbs. 1 oz.


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This piece was made with oil on Japanese paper. It was painted on both sides and only came together after the paint was dry and I folded the paper. Folding it determines its essential spacial qualities as well as the relationships between colors, movement and images. This piece is on Japanese paper and will need a frame for display. 

Oil painting

Oil paint uses natural oils, such as linseed, poppy and walnut oil to bind the pigments. Oils are slow to dry, which allows the artist to rework the painting to achieve the desired effect. Also, they blend easily, which helps to achieve certain colors. With the rise of naturalism in 15th century Early Netherlandish painting, oil paints became preferred to quick drying tempera paint. Artists wanted a medium that would allow them to achieve detailed and precise effects in their paintings. Consider all of the detail in the masterpieces of Jan van Eyck and Hieronymus Bosch!


Paper is a very common surface for all types of artwork, including photography, printmaking, drawing and painting. Art paper varies in thickness and color. Read the notes section to learn more about the paper used to create this artwork. If not noted as framed, most paper artwork will require framing.


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