Ex-Chicago-based photographer Francois Robert, born in La Chaux-de-Fonds, Switzerland, is renowned for his commercial work. His fine-art photography is equally provocative and covers a wide range of subjects from evocative Polaroid transfer prints, to candid street and travel photographs, and still-lifes. Among Robert’s publications are GRAPHIS (article) 1979, BEFORE AND AFTER (book) 1981, A DAY IN THE LIFE OF AMERICA (1986), THE COLOR OF FASHION (1992), COMMUNICATION ARTS (article) 1988 and GRAPHIS 335, Fall 2001. His first FACE TO FACE book which sold out in Europe and the U.S. has been followed by FACES published by Chronicle Books. His most recent book is CROSSES published by Graphis. Some of Robert’s clients include Crate & Barrel, Coca-Cola, Chicago Board of Trade, BP, Sappi Paper, Bentley Prince Street, Herman Miller, Polaroid Corporation, Western Union and Yale Medical School.
This incredible Bone Art by Francois Robert displays the iconography of both weapons and religion, the tools used in war and the common themes that divide the enemies. ?Robert’s collection of bone art, titled “Stop the Violence”, uses human bones to recreate guns, grenades, knives and tanks as well as the symbols of the major Western religions. The images are stunning, white bone on a black background with striking detail. Ribs, hands, shoulder blades and vertebrae are aligned to create visuals that are unmistakeably familiar. Francois Robert’s art is at once beautiful and horrifying, a telling collection of art.