The Irascibles

Artist Statement

“When I looked at old photographs it was not only the fact that these were representations of memories, pictorial quotes of life, but also thought of the inventors of photography and film, of writing, and letter writing, and printing; things of the past, now largely replaced by digital media, that have shaped our lives. I would come across old pictures and letters in flea markets and in books, ways to communicate and educate that I had always taken for granted. I began to work with these ideas and the imagery they generated. I stared at my thoughts and drawings of these ideas and learnt more about myself in the process. I felt more alive as an artist than I had ever felt before.”          – Stuart Robertson, 2023

Artist Biography

Stuart Robertson was born in Kent, UK in 1962 and moved to London in 1981. His education includes his studies at two prominent art academies, Maidstone and Wimbledon School of Art. In addition to his schooling, he also worked as an illustrator undertaking many notable commissions for commercial publications including Penguin Random House, The New Scientist, and The Times Publications.

In 1984, Stuart visited India where he travelled extensively, working on-site in watercolour and pen and ink. Stuart relocated to New Delhi in 1989 to take up the position of Head of Illustration at The Times of India and had three major solo shows during this time at The British Council and The Art Today Gallery.

Having returned to London in 1996, he became a member of the Royal Watercolour Society and now exhibits regularly at The Bankside and Piers Feetham Gallery in the UK. Having joined Kostuik Gallery in 2022, he currently works and resides in Vancouver, BC.


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