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Michael Robson

– Summary of practice and Training, 2015


Having graduated in Drawing and Painting at Duncan of Jordanstone College of Art in Dundee in 2003, Michael has since pursued his ambitions as an artist. An interest in the visible world has developed his practice as a landscape painter, where he is committed to the activity of easel painting outdoors, recording directly the effects of light he observes around him. His local environment of North Fife, where he lives by the shores of the River Tay, has made him sensitive to the landscape, and through painting the artist can transcend from the passivity of observation to a more active intercourse.

Michael’s interest in the landscape has resulted in the production of box after box of small studies, reiterated daily, and each particular to the nuances of colour and light special to his surroundings. The daily and seasonal changes of light particular to the area, nurture an ongoing relationship with the landscape, whilst providing material to sustain his technical evolution as a Fine Artist.

Michael’s professionalism is now reflected in his experience of exhibiting in many commercial galleries throughout North East Scotland, and through the wide range of national and international private collections in which he is represented. In 2005, he received his first opportunity to exhibit publicly when he was asked by Fife Council to represent the Arts during their cultural calendar for the Open Golf Tournament in St.Andrews. He has since exhibited in galleries in Dundee, St.Andrews, Crail, Pittenweem, Newburgh and Edinburgh. He has a broad experience of travel, having worked extensively in both Holland and Spain, and now has a studio in Newburgh, Fife, in which to develop his practice. A continuing ambition to advance an artistic career has resulted in recognition from both the RSA and SSA in Edinburgh, and in 2009 was awarded the Phyllis Roberts Prize for the most promising young painter at the Royal Institute of Oil Painters at the Mall Galleries, London. Recent accolades include exhibiting with both the Royal Institute of Painters in Watercolour and the Royal Watercolour Society in London, and receiving the Caran D’Ache Award at Patchings Art Exhibition in 2010. His work has also been held in the collections of the Ninewells Hospital in Dundee and the Perth Royal Infirmary, where an exhibition of his paintings can now be seen.

His work is featured in numerous online galleries and exhibitions and on his own website: www.michaelnormanrobson.co.uk


Artistic Merits:

Travels:

Holland (October- December 2004)
Spain (December 2004, January-February 2008, January 2010)
Holland (summer 2007, October 2007-December 2007)

Exhibitions:

The Open, St.Andrews, July 2005.
The Jerdan Gallery- ‘Forward to Spring’, 2006; ‘Made in Fife’, 2006.
The DiRollo Gallery, Dundas Street, Edinburgh - Gallery Artists Mixed Shows, 2006, 2007, 2008, 2010; Solo Exhibition, 2010.
Wormit West Hall, Personal Exhibition, April 2007.
Café MOKA, Cupar, Solo Exhibition, Summer 2007.
Harbour Café, Tayport, July 2014.
Wormit East Hall, Personal Exhibition, June 2008.
WASPS Open Studios, WASPS Open Studios, 2008, 2009, 2010 & 2014 and ‘The Steeple’ Winter Sale, December 2008, ‘The Steeple’ Newburgh.
Royal Scottish Academy Annual Exhibitions, 2009, 2012, 2013, RSA, The Mound, Edinburgh.
Society of Scottish Artists 112th Annual Exhibition, Vision, Dundee, 2009; 113th Annual Exhibition, RSA, The Mound,Edinburgh, 2010. (www.s-s-a.org)
Queen's Gallery, Perth Road, Dundee, 10th Anniversary Exhibition, May - June 2009.
Little Gallery, Pittenweem – Pittenweem Arts Festival select exhibiting artist 2012.
Pittenweem Arts Festival, 2009-2015. (www.pittenweemartsfestival.co.uk)
Royal Institute of Oil Painters, Mall Galleries, London, 2009, 2012.
Patchings Art Exhibition 2010 & 2011, Calverton, Nottinghamshire,2010 – 2013; ‘Drawing in its own right’, 6 Oct - 18 Nov 2012 (www.patchingsartcentre.co.uk)
Ninewells Hospital Collection, 2010.
Perth Royal Infimary Collection, since 2011.
Guild of Aviation Artists, Mall Galleries, London, July 2010.(www.gava.org.uk)
Fraser Gallery, St.Andrews - Fraser East ‘Cabinet Show’, 2010. (www.frasergallery.co.uk)
Edinburgh Central Library, Edinburgh Hispanic Festival, November 2010. (www.hispanicfestival.co.uk)
The Meffan, Forfar; Winter Exhibitions 2010, 2011, 2012,2013,2014.
Colours Gallery, Dundas Street, Edinburgh, since December 2010
Frames Gallery, Perth; Christmas Exhibition, December 2011-January 2012; 'The Art of Dance', Spring 2012(www.framesgallery.co.uk)
Royal Institute of Painters in Water Colours, Mall Galleries, London; 30 March - 10 April 2011.(www.mallgalleries.org.uk)
Royal Watercolour Society, Bankside Gallery, London; February 18th until March 10th 2011.(www.royalwatercoloursociety.co.uk)
Parrot Cafe, Perth Road, Dundee; June-July 2012.
ING Discerning Eye Mall Galleries, London, 2012.(www.parkerharris.co.uk)
MacMillan Art Show 2013,2014,2015, Bonhams, Edinburgh. (www.macmillanartshow.org)
Royal Scottish Society of Painters in Watercolour,RSA, Edinburgh, 2013 & 2015; The Meffan, 2014.

Eduardo Alessandro Studios, Broughty Ferry, since October 2014.(eastudios.com)

Galleries in which work has been exhibited:

Fraser Gallery, Dundee.
St.Andrews Fine Art, St.Andrews, Fife.
Jerdan Gallery, Crail, Fife.
Di Rollo Gallery, Dundas Street, Edinburgh.
Sun Gallery, Newburgh.
Little Gallery, High Street, Pittenweem.
Queen's Gallery, Perth Road, Dundee,
Royal Scottish Academy, The Mound, Edinburgh.
Society of Scottish Artists, Vision, Dundee.
Royal Institute of Oil Painters, Mall Galleries, London.
Guild of Aviation Artists, London.
Patchings Art Centre, Calverton, Nottinghamshire.
The Meffan, Forfar.
Colours Gallery, Dundas Street, Edinburgh.
Frames Gallery, Perth.
Royal Watercolour Society, Bankside Gallery, London.
Royal Institute of Painters in Watercolour, Mall Galleries, London.
Eduardo Alessandro Studios, Broughty Ferry.

Awards:

The Phyllis Roberts Award 2009, Royal Institute of Oil Painters.
Caran D’Ache Award, Patchings Art Exhibition 2010.

Recent & Forthcoming Exhibitions:

Pittenweem Arts Festival 2015

Open Studios Fife 2015