by FAS grad Christina Cooper
by FAS grad Pam Rice
by FAS grad Robert Heindel
by FAS grad Charles Reid
by FAS instructor Dolph LeMoult
The late Robert Heindel (1938-2005) was one of the most illustrious graduates of Famous Artists School. In the last twenty years of his life, he became known as a modern-day Degas for his paintings evoking the many facets of the world of ballet.
He was fascinated by dancers because, combining body and brains, they “present the greatest vehicle for me to show what I want to show.” Heindel worked in oils, pastels, and conté crayons; his style communicates the power, the strength, and the breathless grace of his subjects, who are nearly always shown in rehearsal rather than in performance.
Heindel portrayed dancers from London’s Royal Ballet, the Birmingham Royal Ballet, the Scottish Ballet, and Monte Carlo Ballet Company, and also designed the set and costumes for the Birmingham Royal Ballet’s production of The Dancehouse.
He exhibited his work internationally, and had frequent shows in Japan, where he painted performers from the Noh and Kabuki theatre programs. Heindel was invited by Andrew Lloyd Webber to do a series of paintings of his productions of Cats and The Phantom of the Opera.
To see more of Robert Heindel’s art, please visit www.obod.com.