Robert Hardgrave started out in graphics, drawing comics and for ‘zines, designing T-shirts, computer cases, skateboards and shoes. He is now, in his own words, “an abstract/figurative artist.” It sounds like a bit of a contradiction, but when you look at what he produces, the term makes sense. “I didn’t plan to be doing this,” he says, referring to fine arts, but that’s what happened, and his paintings have become “meditations on the unpredictability of life.” He continues: “Despite all the information we are given, I believe much is unknown to us in the moment, with clarity only achieved upon later reflection. My working process parallels this belief. There is never an overall plan or formula in my work, but allowing the imagery to manifest itself, it becomes an exercis