Robert Kirshner (1955 - 2009)

Robert Kirshner lived in the Boston area all of his life. He began drawing in the early 1960s after seeing the construction site of what is now the Prudental Center in Boston's Back Bay. Kirshner's discovery of drawing as a means of expression was possibly fostered by a language deficit that limits his ability to communicate verbally. As he learned to read and write, Kirshner added words to his images increasing the way in which his drawings express his experiences. Kirshner lived at home with his family for many years before moving to a community residence, and in 1983 he began working at Gateway Crafts. Kirshner was awed by the changes that take place around him. Uniquely combining bold lines with smudged areas that have been erased and sometimes redrawn, Kirshner recorded the fluctuations in the weather and the upheaval and reconstruction of the urban landscape. His drawings also carefully chronicle the expansion of the public transportation system and the ever-changing fate of the Boston Red sox. Kirshner has exhibited extensively in the Boston area and has been represented at the Outsider Art Fair in New York. In 1996, his drawings were featured in From the Outside In at the Fuller Art Museum in Brockton, MA and in 1997 they were included in the exhibition Pure Vision: Work by New England Artist with Disabilities at the Federal Reserve Bank in Boston.


The works shown below have been returned to Gateway Arts in Brookline, MA. Please visit their website at to check on availability.











































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