Robert viewed cars through the lens of popular culture. Romanticized in songs and movies, cars enter a realm of dreams and myth. What do cars mean to us? Freedom of movement, travel, adventure, fun, romance, status and nostalgia. Robert drew and painted cars from all periods of his career. Robert’s first car painting, Rear View, dates from his time at art school and was inspired by Marshall McLuhan’s famous quote: we drive backwards into the future while looking through a rear view mirror. Escape from the Promised Land, inspired by a Bruce Springsteen song, shows a lone woman driving across country at night fuelled by youthful dreams and illusions. Underground Parking shows a car as a source of light, navigating a space that is reminiscent of the labyrinths from mythology. Accident is inspired by Andy Warhol’s use of tabloid photos of car crashes reformulated into images of mass consumption. Robert adds a gathering crowd, who are both curious and shaken by the event. The abandoned car in Wharf suggest a breakdown in order, a sense of loss and need for community, and reflects feelings from his own cancer experience. Journey is a portrait of the artist’s parents speeding through a blurred landscape. The car ride represents a life journey shared with someone you love. Three Men, from the cancer series, shows Robert, sick from his chemo treatments, being driven home by his father and brother. The car becomes the site of a family drama.