“How do we experience large cities and define them in our minds? We attach our identities to places, interweaving them with our personal stories and they are integral to our memories.”
Rob splits his time between his Dorset art studio, being Principal of Art Academy London, an independent art school and charity based in London Bridge, and regular trips to China where he works on exhibitions, art fairs, product design and public and private commissions. He has long-admired the clarity of Chinese mark-making, and seeks to interweave a similar finesse into his own work, with a contemporary western sensibility.
In galleries, museums and private collections, Rob has a worldwide audience for his work. With a strong reputation for quality, scale and a professional finish, he has undertaken numerous high-profile commissions; in 2018, two original works by Rob were presented as a British state gift from Prime Minister Teresa May to President Xi Jinping in her visit to China.
His range of commissions also include; creating a design for electronics company Xiaomi to use on its Mi Mix 3 smartphone; depicting the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee flotilla in London for the BBC, which was then made into a tapestry; creating a large painting and exhibition to mark the opening of China Resources Group’s new headquarters in Shenzhen; transforming the 40m-squared chancel roof of a 19th-century church in North London; and finally, his designs were used to create a 25’ cast iron bridge across Regents Canal, London.