Makin' Whoopee
By Iain Robertson

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Year
2013
Media
Printmaking
Subject Matter
Abstract
Reg. Number
G1509
Size
90 x 69 cm

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Basic geometric shapes - circles, triangles and lines - and bold primary colours - red, yellow and blue - combine to produce a striking composition manifesting what the artist calls "the dynamic of the purely abstract". Iain's paintings speak a language that is a challenge to an engineering mind, dispelling the distinctions between fine art and technology.

Iain has said of this work that it is "An image derived from a group of mono prints produced at the studio in the spring of 2013 and one of our daedalus club editions". Iain's abstract mode of impression for its part, desires to re-connect, re-capture and re-experience the eternal dimension of our mythic origins.

The artist has said, "My [works] start in random application of colour and shape, working with a language of developed forms, archetypal symbols recalling primitivistic signs and referencing contemporary culture, expressing a direct approach to image making, communication and execution. Pouring, gravity, mark making and a tension implicit through the coexistence of considered action and chance, help me to get closer to dealing with a multiplicity of information and the influence of visual and audible stimulus on the process."

Iain Robertson was born in Cyprus in 1955. He lived in Edinburgh during his childhood, attending school at the Royal High Academy. After leaving school, he joined the Civil Service. Following two years with the Inland Revenue, he left to study art at the Cumbria College of Art & Design in Carlisle (1978-1979) and at the Exeter College of Art and Design in Devon from 1979 to 1982.

In 1983, he was awarded a six month painting residency at Grizedale Sculpture Park in Cumbria. In 1984, he exhibited at the SPACEX gallery in Exeter, Devon and in the spring of 1986 he travelled to America with fellow artist Clare Wardman, where their work was shown in private galleries and public collections in Chicago, New York, Baltimore and Philadelphia.

Iain shared a studio with Clare Wardman in North Devon between 1986 and 1987 and in 1988 (at the age of 33), he was awarded £10,000 by the Pollock-Krasner Foundation - an American foundation - to support the continuation of his abstract impressionist works for the next year. He was the first Scottish inhabitant to be awarded this grant.

In an interview in the Scotsman, he had said "I decided to come back to Edinburgh because I felt the need for city stimulus. There's certainly a lot more happening here in the art world than ever before and I am hoping there will be more opportunities here for my work." His work is in various private collections in Germany, Denmark, Norway, Scotland, England, the USA, Canada, Hong Kong and New Zealand.

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