Before moving his home and studios to Scarborough, North Yorkshire, Rob was formerly Director at Studio Eleven Gallery in Hull and was also Dean at Hull School of Art and Design where he and his team built up an art school providing excellent design and art education to students locally, nationally and internationally. He continues to curate exhibitions at various venues around the UK. Rob is now a full time artist able to dedicate most of his time to developing his work as a painter and print-maker but still encouraging creative work in others via workshops at his Alma Studios in Scarborough.
He has for several years been increasingly inspired by working from and in the landscape. On the one hand he is in awe of magical places and spaces and on the other aware of the impact of climate change on familiar environments. The combination of celebrating landscape and hints of change underpins his most recent work that was evident in the touring show “ Living Landscape.”
Rob’s abstracted imagery does not communicate his concerns directly but often hidden in his delicate paintings are hints at something awry with the environment. He will often use metaphors in the form of boat shapes or stripped trees to suggest storm and drought or for his increasingly familiar harbour shapes invaded by tides or storms. He is happy for the viewer to enjoy his work for its shape, colours and intricate delicacy or to search for more hidden meanings in the pictures.
He and Wendy are working towards a substantial exhibition at The Inspire Gallery in Danby, North Yorkshire, in late 2019.