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Posted on: September 7, 2016

[ARCHIVED] Artist Creates Dreamy Computer Based Artwork

Artist Creates Dreamy Computer Based Artwork

For Immediate Release

Contact: Wendy Poischbeg
                 Economic and Cultural Development Manager

Artist Creates Dreamy Computer Based Artwork

EVERETT, WA, September 7, 2016 – The Snohomish County Arts Commission today announced a new fractal based art exhibit by Snohomish County artist, Robert Fairfax. The exhibit will be hosted in the lobby of the Robert J. Drewel Building through the month of October.

 “Reality might seem quite strange at times, but stranger yet are dreams,” said Fairfax. “My fractal based artwork derives primarily from mathematical formulas gleaned from dreams.  These enigmatic equations, when entered into fractal generating software, transform into spectacular visual patterns that never fail to amaze.  I am mesmerized, energized, and excited by the results.  I love exploring the intricacy by zooming into various regions of the design in search of treasure.”

Robert was born in the State of Washington but spent his childhood in various locales, including Guam, before the family moved to Whidbey Island.  After 4 years majoring in Marine Invertebrate Zoology at the University of Washington, he decided to become a professional artist.  In 1979, he bought 5 acres in Snohomish and started building a house and landscape garden that draws hundreds of visitors annually.

Robert’s digital artwork changes its expressive character over time.  “I don’t believe an artist must be tied to a particular style; life is transformation, and I love to investigate,” he said. “Fractal-derivative art would not be possible without high-speed computers because a complicated design equation involves millions to trillions of calculations to compile.  A single formula may take 20 hours to compute; most of my artworks average six equations.  Within Adobe Photoshop, I combine the images: they are enhanced using traditional artistic principals and harmonized around a theme.”

The Robert J. Drewel Building is located in downtown Everett at 3000 Rockefeller (the corner of Rockefeller and Wall). The exhibit is free and open to the public during regular business hours.

More information about the Snohomish County Arts Commission can be found at

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