What if you spent every day looking for One Beautiful Thing?

The Loneliest Robot



Matt Dixon

Matt Dixon‘s paintings of robots are weirdly sad and a little funny and thoroughly lovable. He puts his adorable robotic creations alone in landscapes where they could clearly use a friend. It’s pretty incredible how much emotion comes through the paintings, even though the robots don’t really have facial expressions. Instead, the paintings’ atmosphere of profound loneliness comes from Dixon’s use of color, the robots’ body language, and the incongruous situations the painter puts them in. I especially love the unexpected small details – the smiley balloon, the coin-operated ride-on toy, the moth attracted to the robot’s light. Enjoy! (By the way, there’s a special bonus at the end, so please scroll all the way down!)

All images are the property of Matt Dixon.

And though it deserves its own post, I couldn’t help celebrating the symmetry of these photos and the video below, which I found just before posting this morning. It offers a possible explanation for why the robots in the paintings are always alone. It’s only 4.5 minutes long, but I promise you’ll be glad you watched it all the way through.

Author: Donna from MyOBT

I have committed to spending part of every day looking for at least one beautiful thing, and sharing what I find with you lovelies!

13 thoughts on “The Loneliest Robot

  1. My hubby has a copy of the print with the robot and the kite. He was so pleased to meet the artist at a Memorabilia in Birmingham.

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  2. I guess what the artist is saying is that even Robots have Mondays or blah days. This is brilliant and you’re right, the atmosphere provokes a lot of emotion even without facial features.

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  3. There was something chilling about that video. I like it!

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  4. “Profound lonliness” is a perfect description of the paintings. The robot is endearing and you made a great connection with the video (especially due to the painting that has the paper airplane).

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  5. I have some artist friends, a married couple, that also do robots. Thought you might like them.

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