Extractionism Was Born Out of a Handicap 

and Became a Highly Disciplined Art Form

In a very real sense, Rob started his creative career when he was eight years old. Because he suffered from a severe form of Dyslexia (or “Lysdexia” as he likes to call it) during his early school years, Rob was unable to read or learn as other children did. “It wasn’t that I just switched letters and mixed up numbers; it was a lot more than that,”
he states. “I saw shapes and objects in distorted ways. When others saw a glass of water, I saw images WITHIN the water and as part of the glass. I suffered a lot because I couldn’t see things exactly like others did. I thought I was a complete dummy compared to my friends.”

Extractionist Painting might very well be be one of the more unique creative processes in today’s artistic arena. Rob’s technique is a remarkable dual process of seeing things, which others rarely perceive, in tiny, found objects, and then using his personal vision, he recreates what he's "seen" in the form of large scale landscapes, portraits, and contemporary abstract canvasses of crystalline color and intensity. Nye’s process incorporates a method of layering and fuseing various mediums that don’t naturally adhere or blend with one another. He incorporates a combination of digital imaging, printmaking, and traditional pigment overpainting in his work.  The result is art that at one glance is completely “other-worldly”, and yet again, entirely familiar. 

  Layering, In the Studio, 2014