Stuart Robertson’s artwork references many historical and renowned artists, architects, inventors and writers including Karl Blossfeldt (1865 – 1932), Emilie Jacques Ruhlmann (1879 – 1933), Johannes Gutenberg (mid-1400s), and Robert Gair (1839 – 1927). All of these figures were integral to the development of their craft, which either originated from their work or was pushed to new boundaries due to their fore thinking.
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Of particular interest to Robertson are books, libraries, and the early dissemination of information. Looking closely at his small and intimate, often object-based art, the viewer will notice the inclusion of many historical instruments and tools including individual metal stamps from Gutenberg’s invention, the moveable type, and fragments of long-extinct plants, a nod to the early documentation through photography by Blossfeldft. Robertson’s use of gold and silver leaf mimics the precious nature of his shadow-box collages, best viewed in person and up close.
Artist Website: http://stuartrobertsonuk.com
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. He currently works and resides in Vancouver, BC.
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