Location The Velvet Easel Gallery
298 Portobello High Street
EH15 2AS Telephone 07813916684 Opening Hours

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Home / Artist / Allan J. Robertson

Artist - Allan J. Robertson

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Currently, my principle artistic interest is in architectural structures in the landscape. I’m fascinated particularly in the traces of human activity etched on the wilderness. My recent work focuses on ‘the ruin’, in particular on piers and bridges whose usage has undergone a transformation over the passage of time.

I am interested in these structures as they offer a rich and emotive territory for exploration. These ‘ruins’ represent a frontier or a border where boundaries between civilization and nature, order and disorder, past and present blur and become indistinct. Recent works reflect notions of journeys undertaken to distant shores, embarkation, disembarkation, travel, possibilities and prospects for our forebears and ourselves.

My initial preparation consists of onsite research both of the specific structures and their surrounding areas. I’ll research historic sources both text and image, as well as utilising my own sketches and photography. I move between abstract/representational, accidental/intentional and constructive/destructive approaches to image making. Layering the colours of paint on the surface, then rubbing back, scratching into, layering again, adding bees’ wax are just some of the processes that make a piece.

Available Work

The Old Worn Path to Home - £2750 - 73cm by 61cm - Sold

Behind the Shadows - £2350 - 127cm by 65cm

The Old Wreck - £1650 - 88cm by 88cm

These Old Weathered Boards - £1800 - 80cm by 80cm

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