Alan Robb

Artist Biography

Alan Robb born 1946 Alan Robb’s art education took him initially to Grays school of Art in Aberdeen and then onto London Royal College of Art 1969-1972. His Professional development meant further travel firstly to Peterborough then onto Cork where he eventually became Head of Fine Art in 1980.

Alan Robb born 1946 Alan Robb’s art education took him initially to Grays school of Art in Aberdeen and then onto London Royal College of Art 1969-1972. His Professional development meant further travel firstly to Peterborough then onto Cork where he eventually became Head of Fine Art in 1980.   He arrived in Dundee to take a post at Duncan of Jordanstone College of Art where he stayed for twenty years. Appointed Professor of Fine Art in 1989 and reaching the position of Head of Fine Art.  Elected membership to the RSW in 2010 and then elected Royal Scottish Academician in 2011.  In 2011 he celebrated his work to date in a large retrospective exhibition in the McManus Galleries. His painting career encompasses not just Academia but he has curated many exhibitions including those with International acclaim such as ‘I Live Now, with Ian Howard, Derrick Guild, Hogeschool voor de Kunsten Utrecht, and Centrespace, Visual Research Centre, Dundee Contemporary Arts.  His most recent curatorial success was the New Contemporaries Exhibition at the Royal Scottish Academy in February 2014. There have been many words written about his work and these of Euan Mcarthur give a great insight into the great depth of technic and concept involved in the making of his painting. ‘It is an overview that brings out continuities that, beneath all changes of subject and formal development, give coherence, identity and personality to his work. The exhibition makes it plain that he stands in that post-war North East Scottish tradition which is founded on resolved pictorial ideas, on drawing, on tonal painting and restrained handling. This deep investment in a set of painterly values was absorbed first at Gray's School of Art, Aberdeen (1964-69) then capped by three years at the Royal College of Art (1969-72) where the conceptual foundations of his work (above all) were challenged and strengthened. He was left with an adaptable and robust practice perfectly suited to his temperament and personality. His later professional teaching experience and exposure to contemporary art and to the masters of the past consolidated his allegiance to aesthetic and intellectual clarity. His titles again and again tell us that he is driven not only by the eye but also by the idea.’  Euan Mcarthur  “ A painted world” His work is in many Collections and Publications. Collections:

  • Aberdeen Art Gallery & Museums
  • City of Dundee Museums & Art Galleries
  • Crawford Municipal Art Gallery, Cork
  • Arts Council of Ireland
  • Arts Council of Northern Ireland
  • Arts in Fife
  • Grays School of Art, Aberdeen
  • University of Dundee
  • Hunterian, Glasgow University
  • Royal College of Art, London
  • Annie Hughhill Trust, The Royal Academy, London
  • HRH The Duke of Edinburgh
  • Montgomery Securities, New York
  • Robert Fleming Foundation
  • Also in private collections in the UK, Australia, Brazil, France, Germany and US

Publications:

  • Catalogue Arts Council Touring Show.
  • Irish Contemporary Art, Roderick Knowles, Wolfhound Press, Dublin.
  • Clare Morris Open Catalogue, Peter Jones, Welsh Arts Council.
  • EVA Catalogue - New Work of Past Winners.
  • Art of Thinking, Stuart MacDonald, Peacock Printmakers, Aberdeen.
  • ALBA, Tom Normand
  • In the Mind's Eye, Seagate Gallery, Euan McArthur. funded by Carnegie Trust for the Universities of Scotland (a ten year survey) ISBN 1 899837 08 6.
  • True Knowledge, East-West Gallery, London.
  • Discerning Eye, Independent review.
  • Illusion, Invention & Reality, East-West Gallery, London.
  • I Live Now, essay by Euan McArthur, Akademie Gallery, Utrecht.
  • Art Monthly Australia. An interview by Peter Hill.
  • A History of Scottish Art The Fleming Collection Bill Smith/ Selina
  • The House of Miracles" Euan McArthur) funded by East West Gallery and The Carnegie Trust. ISBN 1 899837 495.

Group shows   2012 Sarah Myerscough Solo Shows  2013/4

  • Richard Colquhoun Gallery
  • Aberdeen Aberdeen Artists Royal Glasgow Institute RSW and RSA
Selected Exhibitions 

Solo Exhibitions:

  • 1972 The New Gallery Edinburgh
  • 1973 Yarrow Gallery, Oundle, Peterborough.
  • 1976  Cork Art Society
  • 1979  Triskel Art Centre, Cork
  • 1986  Gallery 22, Cupar, Fife
  • 1991  The Francis Cooper Gallery, Duncan of Jordanstone College
  • 1996  The Seagate Gallery, Dundee “In the Minds Eye“.
  • 1997   Artspace, Peacock Printmakers, Aberdeen.
  • 1999  East-West Gallery, London “Invention, Illusion and Reality”.
  • 2004  Weem Foundation, Pittenweem, Fife. “Brasil,The Taste of Blood”
  • 2005 East West, London, “The House of Miracles.”
  • 2006  Hamnavoe Gallery, Aberdeen
  • 2007  Hamnavoe Gallery, Aberdeen
  • 2009 Hamnavoe Gallery, Aberdeen
  • 2010  Open Eye Gallery, Edinburgh
  • 2012  A Painted World: Selected Works 1975-2011, McManus Gallery