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Rob is an established cartoonist with a background in fine arts and painting.
Statement / Description / Article:
Rob's paintings explore his connection to the British landscape,
particularly the area of Surrey in which he lives, and Hampshire where he
grew up. A large proportion of his work originates from time spent in the
Surrey Hills in particular. Some recent work has also been inspired by trips
to other parts of the UK, including Cornwall, the Lake District and the
He produces rapid sketches whilst in the landscape, as well as taking
photos. Other pieces have been based purely on strong memories of a
particular encounter with the landscape.
These references give him a fixed starting point, but he is always keen to
allow the paintings to evolve naturally and intuitively, so that they often
depart from the topographical specifics of the place in question.
The paintings rely equally on observation and memory; they involve an
element of abstraction and are more interested in evoking the sensory
experience and emotional impact of the landscape than directly reproducing
what he has seen. Rob is influenced as much by Abstract Expressionism, as he is by recent developments in landscape painting.
Rob embraces a wide variety of media in each piece, from oils and acrylics
through to house paints, pastels, inks, enamel spray paint, charcoal and
coloured pencil. Nothing is off limits, and he will often make decisions
spontaneously as he seeks to express his memories of an encounter with the
The happy accidents that occur when these various media combine are
essential to his work. His paintings are as much about the act of
mark-making as they are about depicting a particular landscape or location.
He wants the process of painting to show through, and for each painting to
maintain the spontaneity and energy with which he has produced it.