Robert Gates (b. 1906 Detroit, MI; d. 1982, Alexandria, VA) studied at the Detroit School of Arts and Crafts, and for a time at the Art Students League in New York City before moving to Washington, DC in 1930. While living in DC, he continued taking classes, this time at the Phillips Gallery Art School, where he eventually became assistant director of the program under C. Law Watkins. He also worked on commissions for the U.S. Treasury Department under the New Deal , completing post office murals in Bethesda and Oakland Maryland, as well as Lewisberg, West Virginia. During the war he served in a civilian capacity within the Office of Naval Intelligence, working on projects involving camouflage and cartography. After the war, he was hired onto the faculty of American University in 1946, becoming chair in 1954.

Prior to becoming a founding member of the Jefferson Place Gallery, he exhibited at Franz Bader Gallery, and was included in several Area Annuals, hosted by the Corcoran. He remained a member of the gallery until it closed in 1974, the year before he retired from American University.

Solo Exhibitions
1958—Recent Paintings, Nov. 4—22
1960—April 19—May 7
1962—The River and the Sea, April 10—29
1964—Feb. 25—March 14
1967—Recent Paintings, Sept 25—Oct. 14
1972—Paintings, Feb. 15—March 4
1973—Paintings and Drawings, Nov. 6—24

Group Exhibitions
1957—First Group Show, Oct. 10—Nov. 9
1957—Christmas Show, Dec. 9—Jan4, 1958
1958—The Group +2, May 20—June 17
1958—12 Washington Artists, University of Kentucky, Oct. 19—Nov. 16
1958—Christmas Show, Nov. 25—Dec. 31
1959—Member’s Show, April 21—May 2
1959—Approaches to Contemporary Painting, Sept. 22—Oct. 10
1960—End of Year Review, May 17—June 11
1960—Art from America’s Cities, Sept 20—Oct. 15
1960—Christmas Show, Dec. 13—Jan 7, 1961
1961—Winter ’61, Twentieth Century Gallery, Williamsburg, VA, Jan 9—Feb. 17
1961—Review and Preview, May 22—June 4
1961—The Year Ahead, Oct. 3—Nov. 4
1961—Paper Show, Dec. 5—Jan. 5, 1962
1962—Group Show, Oct. 2—20
1965—Grand Opening, Jan. 25—Feb. 13
1967—Group Show, Jan. 2—21
1968—Jefferson Place Ten Years, July 16–Aug. 7
1973—New Work, Sept. 6—22

 

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Artist Robert Gates
Jefferson Place Gallery Catalog, 1959 [ #7 ]

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Gates’ Latest
Gates’ Latest
November 16, 1958
Sunday Star
All are abstractions, which nevertheless convey a sense of far-reaching distances, golden sands, purple or earth-red mountains and canyons, colors changed by shifting clouds, times of day or seasons.
Gates’ Latest
Gates’ Latest
November 16, 1958
Sunday Star
The feeling of the Southwest if strong in the latest work by Robert Gates, at the Jefferson Place Gallery, 1216 Connecticut Avenue NW through next Saturday. His first one-man show of new work in more than three years, it is composed entirely of paintings, watercolors and drawings, done during his sabbatical year, largely spent in […]
Gates Indoors
Gates Indoors
May 1, 1960
Washington Star
His first one-man show at the Jefferson Place Gallery, 1216 Connecticut Avenue NW, brought her the endless space, distant mountains, and solitude of the Southwestern desert, all expressed abstractly, but unmistakable in atmosphere and color. His current one-man show there express the quietude of interiors and still life, in deep-toned colors and heavy impasto.
Gates Indoors
Gates Indoors
May 1, 1960
Washington Star
Robert Gates never repeats himself. Having seen the evolution of his painting from naturalistic to abstract since his first one-man show at the Phillips Gallery in the early 1930’s, I do not recall a single display of his which was an encore of an earlier collection.
Jefferson Place
Jefferson Place
April 22, 1962
Washington Star
The title of the show is “The River and the Sea” and the abstractions of this theme suggest the water colors of John Marin carried to the next degree… Blue and green patches suggest the flow of water. Loose black line interrupts that flow, just as it is interrupted by the breaking of a wave, […]
Jefferson Gallery
Jefferson Gallery
November 5, 1957
The Washington Star
The new Jefferson Place Gallery, 1216 Connecticut avenue NW, is a beautiful place to display work to the best advantage.
Jefferson Gallery
Jefferson Gallery
November 5, 1957
The Washington Star
The inaugural group show remains through this week, to be followed by one-artist shows by each of the 11 painters and sculptors to whom the gallery is dedicated.