Alan Robb

RSA Born: 1946

Alan Robb was born in Glasgow and brought up in Aberdeen He graduated Grays School of Art in 1969 and from the RoyalCollege of Art, London in 1972. Robb was appointed assistant art master at Oundle School in Northamptonshire and in 1975, relocated to Cork, Ireland as painting tutor at the Crawford School of Art. In 1980 he became head of Diploma Studies and as well as Painting Printmaking and Sculpture, his remit included Art History, Stained Glass and Violin making. In 1983 he was appointed Head of the School of Fine Art at Duncan of Jordanstone College of Art, Dundee and was awarded a personal chair in 1989. Robb retired as Professor Emeritus of the University of Dundee in 2007. He was elected a member of the Royal Scottish Society of Painters in Watercolour in 2010 and a member of the Royal Scottish Academy in 2011.

“As I review my practice and resulting body of work it seems like a speculative circular journey, based almost wholly on intuitive choices and a growing understanding of what I can do. The motivation and momentum comes from unexpected discoveries and the hundreds of small decisions, which give each work its resolved identity.” — Alan Robb

His collection of work Sacred & Profane is a painterly exploration is made of material gathered from churches and museum collections to market stalls and specialist “magic shops” or the artist’s collection of Christian votive figures, Macumba and Candomble figures in wood, metal or plaster. The resolution of each painting is a combination of reference and invention. There is latitude for interpretation as in all popular iconography and religious art, which is where the real interest lies.