Robb's typical subject matter includes still lives, landscapes and portraits using a variety of media, such as oil, gouache, pastel and watercolour. Special emphasis is placed on strong tonal contrast and rich colour, following in the tradition of collectives like the Glasgow Boys and the Scottish Colourists.
Born in Kirkwall, Orkney in 1950, Alexander R. Robb studied at the Glasgow School of Art between 1968 and 1972. He has lived in Dumfriesshire since 1978.
He changed from full-time to part-time teaching in 1989 in order to focus more on painting. Since 1993, Alexander has tutored annual schools in Moffat and Dumfries. In 1998, he was invited to teach and display his work in Red Deer College of Art and Design in Alberta, Canada. He now runs summer schools for life and portrait drawing from his studio.
With thanks to Thompson's Galleries for information on this artist