Journalistic Responsibility II – 1967 – 78” X 120” ~ Commissioned by the Orlando Sentinel
WHY? - Painted at the MacDowell Colony - 1969 - 72” X 92” Oil on canvas
1969 Vietnam
2022 Ukraine
Text as it appearers in painting IJUSTDEPARTEDWHYNATIONAL SECURITYWHATTHEYCALLWAR WHYSOWAGERSMAYLIVEBUTYOU ARESOYOUNGTHEYOUTHHAVETHE STRENGTHOFBODYWHATOFLIFE THATISFORTHEWAGERSWONT YOUMISSITWHATOFLIFEWHY WHATOFLIFEWHYWONTYOU MISSITWHYWHYWHYWHY Legible "I just departed." "Why'?" "National Security; what they call war." "Why?" "So wagers may live" "But you are so young" "The youth have the strength of body" "What of life?" "That is for the wagers." "Won’t you miss It?" "What of life?'' "Why?" "Won't you miss it?" "Why?" "What of life?''
Singleton's latest work, (1968) one produced after much thought, recognizes the reality of the generation gap. A literary message, in dialogue form over the figure of a dying boy, it exposes the inarticulate nature of questions, the naivete of answers and the pain suffered by men separated by chronological age and appetite.
Romance on Canvas By Grace Kehrer Spring 1969 Robert Singleton as an artist stands in the shadows of Romantic, realistic and transcendental movements where notions like Nature, Man, Society, Individualism and Responsibility are strained though the reality of two world wars, police actions, a crass materialism and an intensifying depersonalization. Finding himself caught up in a miasmic atmosphere created, in part, by computer, "Wagers" and a relativistic viewpoint, Singleton, the self-admitted incurable romantic, attempts to understand a sick society and bring intelligible order to a chaotic universe. Singleton's paintings on oversize canvases, done in primary colors, stand testimonial to contemporary styling techniques executed under the banner of "Art for Art's sake." However, the questions, often spelled out in block letters, are timeless and universal. While Singleton does not offer a solution to the problem of man's inhumanity to man, nor locate a center of human spirituality, he does examine the phenomena, continuing the quest in a personal, thoughtful and sensitive manner. Two paintings commissioned by the Orlando Sentinel represent the artist personal statement and not a compromise. The first painting seems to suggest the Influential nature or newspapers and the danger present in the, "facts" presented by the editors reflecting the "opinions" of the publisher. The second painting develops the idea of journalistic responsibility and influence. Interjecting often ignored, possibly forgotten notions of equality, ethics, freedom and unbiased news, printed upon a white field surrounding a patriotically colored center, one can only hope these subtleties are not lost on the Sentinel staff.

“War

is

a

place

where

young

people

who

don’t

know

each

other,

and

don’t

hate

each

other,

kill

each

other,

by

the

decision

of

older

rulers

who

know each other and hate each other, but don’t kill each other…”

Erich Hartmann: German fighter pilot during World War II.
1969 Florida State University With WHY? hanging the background; students discussing the responsibility of artist according to what they believe is morally right, to document their time, to protest, to reflect through their work the contemporary violent values of humanity and the world. Be it visual arts, literature or music.
Journalistic Responsibility I – 1967 – 78” X 78” ~ Commissioned by the Orlando Sentinel