Bob has always painted what excites him and this is what makes him get out his brushes. Maybe this excitement is contagious and the buyer will sense that too and it will strike a chord with them. He believes that people like the vitality or energy in a painting.
As much as possible, Bob likes to paint on the spot, and he often uses a sketchbook. He uses his pochade box a great deal, particularly when travelling. This is a small, portable studio for painting in oil, in which he can carry up to a dozen panels. He finds it essential to have a stool. He works up some of the studies in the studio where appropriate, and may decide to enlarge or develop them in some other way. He likes to work on groups of pictures at the same time, and to have them about him, so they ‘talk’ to him and to each other.
Bob loves structures, facades, buildings, people, water, trees and huge skies. But patterns of light and colour are what he loves to paint most. The sun reorders the world throughout the day, and gives different images, depending where the light and shadows fall.
1936 Born in London
Studied at Croydon College of Art under Fred Dubery and Lionel Bulmer.
1954 Aged 18, Bob had a still-life and a self portrait accepted for the RA Summer exhibition.
1962 to 1968 First studio at River Road, Littlehampton. Overlooking River Arun.
1964 Elected member of the New English Art Club
1994 Elected Assistant Keeper of the N.E.A.C.
Traveled with paintbox to, Turkey, Syria, Iran, Greece, Georgia, France, Italy, Russia, US and China.
Small Paintings Group
Llewellyn Alexander Prize, New English Art Club Annual Open Exhibition
1990 Churzee Studio Gallery 1990
1989 Angelus Gallery, Winchester 1989
1996 Hellenic Cultural Institute, London
1995 ‘Britain in Greece’ Festival, Athens
1997 Alresford Gallery
1998 Beijing paintings, Mall Galleries 1998
2003 Sinfield Gallery, Burford
2006 Italy, Oakham Gallery, St James, London
W.H. Patterson Fine Art, Albermarle St, London