'Elephant Purple Garden' is a skilfully crafted, open ended etching. The print is an adaptation of a beautiful embellished elephant, used here to represent clarity and temperance. The print was created on archival paper and, through the process of layering zinc printing plates, has been printed in three limited monochromatic colours This method of printing is very typical of his works.
Robert is popularly known for his affinity with animals. In fact, in his youth, he worked in a circus caring for elephants, a beast he accords totemic status. Despite the fact that he is primarily an American artist, he is as renowned in Scotland as he is in the United States. As a result of this he has made printing plates in almost all of the major print workshops of Scotland, and has been a visiting professor at a variety of locations.
Robert, a Contemporary American artist, received his BFA in Visual Design from Auburn University in 1973 and after being awarded a Ford Foundation grant, he received an MFA in Printmaking from the University of Georgia in 1977. Robert's career took him to the University of Wisconsin-Superior in 1978 as an Assistant Professor of Art. In 1980, he joined the faculty at the University of Central Florida, where he is currently a Professor of Art. In 1982-83, he also served as a visiting lecturer at Edinburgh College of Art.
Robert Rivers' artwork has been exhibited in numerous venues around the world, including: Fundacion Joan Miro, Mallorca, Spain; Seagate Gallery, Dundee, Scotland; Society of Scottish Artists: 94th Exhibition, Royal Scottish Academy Galleries, Edinburgh; Saints and Sinners, The Corcoran Gallery of Art, Washington, DC; The Boston Printmakers Show, Massachusetts.
Selected collections are housed in: The National Gallery of Art, Washington, DC; The National Gallery of Modern Art, Edinburgh; The Corcoran Gallery of Art, Washington, DC; Montgomery Museum of Fine Arts, Alabama.