Utilizing an amateur and handmade approach to both photography and sculpture, Kinmont illustrates the human scale and its relationship to one’s surroundings. Incorporating both irony and humor his work explores the systems and structures that continue to develop within this relationship.
Robert Kinmont came to prominence in the late 1960s before stepping away from the art world for over three decades in 1981. Before this departure, Kinmont’s work was exhibited in institutions such as The San Francisco Museum of Art, the de Young Museum, the Smithsonian Institution and the Whitney Museum, New York. Between 1975 and 2004, Kinmont studied Buddhism and worked as a carpenter, returning to his artistic practice in 2005. The artist’s work has been the subject of solo exhibitions at Kunsthaus, Glarus (2013), Künstlerhaus Bremen (2013) and the di Rosa museum, Napa (2015).