ALAN ROBB BIOGRAPHY

 

Personal:

 

1946

Born Glasgow 24 February.

Education:

1958-1964 Robert Gordon's College, Aberdeen.
1964-1968 Grays School of Art, Diploma in Art.
1968-1969 Post-Diploma Drawing & Painting (Highly Commended).
1969-1972 Royal College of Art MA RCA.

Professional

1972-1975 Art Master, Oundle School, Peterborough.
1975-1982 Crawford School of Art, Cork, Ireland:
1975-78 Lecturer in Painting.
1978-80 Head of Painting & Two-Dimensional Studies.
1980-82 Head of Fine Art.
1983-2003 Head of School of Fine Art, Duncan of Jordanstone College of Art.
1989 Appointed Professor of Fine Art.
2007 Appointed Emeritus Professor, University of Dundee.
2010 Elected member Royal Society of Painters in Watercolour Scotland RSW.
2011 Elected to the Royal Scottish Academy.

Solo Exhibitions

1972 The New 57 Gallery, Edinburgh.
1973 Yarrow Gallery, Oundle, Peterborough.
East Midland Arts, Northampton.
1976 Cork Art Society.
1979 Triskel Art Centre, Cork.
1986 Gallery 22, Cupar, Fife.
1991 The Francis Cooper Gallery, Duncan of Jordanstone College of Art, Dundee, Professorial Inaugural Exhibition.
1996 The Seagate Gallery, Dundee “In the Minds Eye“.
1997 Artspace, Peacock Printmakers, Aberdeen.
East-West Gallery, London “True Knowledge“.
1999 East-West Gallery, London “Invention, Illusion and Reality”.
2004 Weem Foundation, Pittenweem, Fife. “Brasil,The Taste of Blood”.
2005 East West, London, “The House of Miracles.”
2006 Hamnavoe Gallery, Aberdeen.
2007 Hamnavoe Gallery, Aberdeen.
2009 Hamnavoe Gallery, Aberdeen.
2010 Open Eye Gallery, Edinburgh.
2012 A Painted World: Selected Works 1975-2011, McManus Gallery Dundee.
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Selected Group Exhibitions

1967 & 68 The Scottish Young Contemporaries, Edinburgh.
1970 York University.
1971 The Architectural Association, London.
Royal College of Art, London.
Napier Court, Trinity College, Cambridge.
1972 Eduardo Paolozzi's Choice of the London Post-graduate shows, Greenwich.
The Royal Academy.
1977-81 EVA Limerick.
1978 & 80 Cork Art Society (invited artist).
1980 & 82 Claremorris Open.
1996 Allan Stone Gallery, New York, “Talent”.
Bruton Street Gallery, London, with William Crozier.
1997 Mall Galleries, London. ”The Discerning Eye”.
2003 Solomon Gallery Dublin.
2004 Gordon Brown Fine Art Tain.
2006-08 Hamnavoe Gallery Aberdeen with Cairns, Campbell, Colvin, Guild and Guy.
2008 Hanna Fine Art Dundee.
2009 Open Eye Gallery Edinburgh Summer Exhibition.
1996 - to date East West London Xmas and Summer Gallery Shows.
1968 - to date Regular exhibitor:
Royal Scottish Academy.
Royal Society of Painters in Watercolour.
Society of Scottish Artists.
Aberdeen Artists Society.
1997 Bruton Street Gallery, London with Ann de Bruyne, Alexandra Haynes and Paul Lightfoot.
2009 Gallery 108 Harrogate “Little Pictures Great Art”.

2011

East West 20th Anniversary exhibition.
Gallery 108 Harrogate.
Open Eye Edinburgh.

2011


2012-14

2013-5 

2015-6 

2016-7 

 

 

2017 

Open Eye. ”Northern Lights”. Agnew, Cairns, Convery, Cocker, Bryce, Dunbar, Fraser, Knox, Leven, McGlashan, McKenzie Smith, Maclean, Walker.
Fraser Gallery St. Andrews.

Richard Colquhoun Gallery Aberdeen

Pentland Gallery Aberdeen

McManus Galleries and Museum Dundee." A Sense of Place" a gallery curation of works from the collection ,incl John Houston Will Maclean James Howie William Gillis, John Maxwell, Denis Buchan, Jack Knox

Royal Scottish Society of Painters in Watercolour.136th Annual Exhibition. RSA Edinburgh.

 

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Curated Exhibitions

1978-79 Scottish Arts Council Touring Exhibition with Ronald Forbes:
1978 Arts Council Gallery, Belfast.
1978 Fruitmarket Gallery, Edinburgh.
1978 Collins Gallery, University of Strathclyde.
1979 Aberdeen Art Gallery.
1985 Peacock Printmakers Touring Exhibition - "The Art of Thinking", an exhibition designed to demonstrate the thinking behind the creative process Joyce Cairns, Doug Cocker, Sandy Fraser, Jack Knox, Liz Ogilvy.
1991 The Small Mansion Arts Centre, London W.3 May/June. "Allegories of Desire", Beverley Brennan, Vivian Leda-Head, Andrzej Jackowski, David Kori, Arturo di Stefano, Estelle Thompson, Roger Woods.
1994 Centre d'art en l'Ile, Geneva, "5 Scottish Artists", with Elaine Shemilt, Martin Rayner, Grant Clifford and Dennis Buchan.
1996 Gallery Louise Smith, Toronto,"Four Scottish Artists" Grant Clifford, Calum Colvin, Elaine Shemilt.
2006 Cuenca Spain Fondacion Antonio Saura, "Ayermanana/Yestermorrow " 100 European artists in six venues curated by Rosa Pera and Gonzalo Puch for the Facultad de Bellas Artes de Cuenca,University of Castille and La Mancha.
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Alan Robb Curations

1993



Decade Show. Supported by Scottish Arts Council and DJCA. Exhibition of 150 graduates in venues throughout Dundee. B#12000 raised in funding. Two commissions supported by the SAC : Alastair MacLennan and David Mach.

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2013-14

2014-15

I Live Now, with Ian Howard, Derrick Guild, Hogeschool voor de Kunsten Utrecht, and Centrespace, Visual Research Centre, Dundee Contemporary Arts.

RSA New Contemporaries   Convenor

"Realised" a curation incl Valerio Adami ,Clare Andrews,Edward Burra, James Castle,Antony Donaldson,Alexander Guy,Derrick Guild, Jon Lyons,,Ian Howard,Alexander Fraser, Heather Nevay, Alan Macdonald,Julie Roberts ,Michael Sandle, Ian Charles Scott, Ruth Stiven Elaine Wilson,Adrian Wiszniewski ... see publication 189th RSA Annual Exhibition . Convenor.

 

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Awards

1968
1968-1972
1977
1982
1989
2000
2005
2016

Aberdeen Endowments Trust.
Robert Nicol Trust Award for post-graduate study.
1st Prize Painting, Irish Open Exhibition, of Visual Art, Limerick.
1st Prize Painting, Clare Morris Open.
Commendation, Aberdeen Artists.
William J. MacAulay Prize - Scottish Gallery Award, RSA
Andrew Carnegie Research Award Brazil
Maud Gemmell Hutchison Prize  RSA Annual.

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Residencies

1968
1999

Hospitalfield Scholarship
British School in Rome supported by Whitehall Trust.

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Collections

 

Aberdeen Art Gallery & Museums
McManus Galleries & Museums Dundee
Crawford Municipal Art Gallery, Cork
Arts Council of Ireland
Arts Council of Northern Ireland
Arts in Fife
Grays School of Art, Aberdeen
University of Dundee
Hunterian, Glasgow University
Royal College of Art, London
Annie Hughhill Trust, The Royal Academy, London
HRH The Duke of Edinburgh
Montgomery Securities, New York
 
Fleming Wyfold Foundation.London
Also in private collections in the UK, Australia, Brazil, France, Germany and US

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Publications

1978 Catalogue Arts Council Touring Show.
1982 Irish Contemporary Art, Roderick Knowles, Wolfhound Press, Dublin.
Clare Morris Open Catalogue, Peter Jones, Welsh Arts Council.
1983 EVA Catalogue - New Work of Past Winners.
1985 Art of Thinking, Stuart MacDonald, Peacock Printmakers, Aberdeen.
1986 ALBA, Tom Normand.
1996 In the Mind's Eye, Seagate Gallery, Euan McArthur. funded by Carnegie Trust for the Universities of Scotland (a ten year survey) ISBN 1 899837 08 6.
1997 True Knowledge, East-West Gallery, London.
Discerning Eye, Independent review.
1999 Illusion, Invention & Reality, East-West Gallery, London.
I Live Now, essay by Euan McArthur, Akademie Gallery, Utrecht.
2000 Art Monthly Australia. An interview by Peter Hill.
2003

2005

2012
A History of Scottish Art The Fleming Collection Bill Smith/ Selina Skipwith/Merrell London.
"The House of Miracles" Euan McArthur) funded by EastWestGallery and The Carnegie Trust. ISBN 1 899837 495."A Painted World ". A retrospective : McManus Galleries, Dundee Text Euan McArthur.