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Born in Edinburgh in 1972, Robert was educated at Edinburgh College of Art (BAHons and MDes in Illustration and Printmaking) before going on to Goldsmith's College.

Robert's work explores landscape, observations, memory, mark-making and language. Original digital prints are created through the building up of scanned hand-painted layers, monoprinting and hand colouring. Each drawing represents a specific day recording sights, sounds, smells and thoughts using a form of pictographic shorthand. Drawing inspiration from expeditions to the Nabataean tombs at Mada’in Salih, the Rosetta Stone, Phaistos Disc and the automatic writing of the Dadaists, the work navigates the space between drawing and writing. Whilst the code is specific to its author, its meaning is left open to personal interpretation.

Robert has exhibited at the Royal Academy Summer Exhibition and the Bankside Gallery in London , Edinburgh, Glasgow and at the RWA in Bristol, showing his innovative drawings and original digital prints, made following his modern update on 'Scarti di avviamento', the technical publishing term in Italian for paper that is fed through a printing press twice to clean the drums of ink between print runs.

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