Bob Robinson was one of the 33 artists selected to exhibit in the Nottingham Castle Open in 2013 and was subsequently awarded The GreatArt Award. Bob's work will be exhibited this autumn in a two part exhibition at Surface Gallery. Having joined this year's list of sponsors for the Nottingham Castle Open 2014, Surface Gallery are now taking on exhibitions in a wider capacity, utilising their newly refurbished Project Space on the gallery's top floor. It is this urban gallery setting that will house Bob Robinson – An Exhibition of Painting and Sculpture. Part one opens Friday October 24th, with an evening event running from 6pm-8:30pm. Visiting the show will be both an excellent opportunity to see a broad spectrum of works by Bob Robinson and to see Surface Gallery's Project Space which will be the setting for the residency prize offered by Surface Gallery at this year's Castle Open.
Here is some information on the show given by the organisers:
Bob Robinson – An Exhibition of Painting and Sculpture Bob Robinson is one of Nottingham’s leading artists. He has created an extraordinary body of work and earned the respect and affection of many in the local arts community. He is currently being treated for cancer. This exhibition has been organised to celebrate his work, to show the appreciation of his friends and to introduce his work to a wider audience. It is the first solo exhibition of his work in his adoptive home of Nottingham.
Bob Robinson was born in 1951 in Newtonstewart in Northern Ireland. He came from a background with little visual culture - beyond Orange Lodge regalia. Bob came to mainland Britain in the early 1970’s as an apprentice draughtsman to Rolls Royce at Derby. Through friends he found himself drawn into art education. After completing a Foundation Course in London, Bob took up a place at Nottingham Trent University (formerly Trent Polytechnic). For all his creative life he has lived in the same house in central Nottingham (to which he brings his distinctive style...)
Bob’s earliest works were made using technical drawing pens. From these elementary beginnings he developed an increasing elaborate and sophisticated technique, first in acrylic paint and later in oils.
Bob Robinson’s artistic path is independent and single-minded. It is both highly distinctive and has considerable range and variety. Earlier work contains many wry observations of the denizens of Nottingham town but, as his work enters the 1980’s, the mood changes, and he paints some stunning lampoons of consumer culture. This satirical mood takes an even darker turn as the decade passes and his caricatures enter their most extreme and grotesque phase. It would be politic to say that the darkness of Bob’s paintings is always lightened by humour but this is not always true. Be prepared for some uncompromising images.
Although some of Bob Robinson’s art is hard to take it is seldom hard to understand. He is one of the few artists of his generation who can tell a story or crack a joke simply with a sketch for a pictorial composition. Although most of his work is imaginative and satirical in character there is a subsidiary strand of photo-realism in his work. These are often more private works: portraits of family or friends, still lives, or memories of Ireland.
Generally objects have a larger-than-life presence in Bob Robinson’s art. Latterly he has taken to working directly with objects, making assembled sculpture. These pieces have his trademark eye for detail, his uncanny workmanship and the weird, organic aesthetic of his grotesque paintings.
Examples of Bob Robinson’s work are in the Arts Council collection and in other public collections. His work is also in private collections Austria, France, Germany, New Zealand, Switzerland and the USA. Since 1989 Bob has been represented by the Nicholas Treadwell Gallery, Aigen, Austria.
Bob Robinson has exhibited widely in group exhibitions and he has been a regular presence at the Nottingham Castle Open and the Derby Open exhibitions.
He is married and has two grown-up daughters.
Colette Griffin Exhibitions & Visual Arts Assistant Nottingham Castle Museum & Art Gallery