Robert McPartland
Robert McPartland 
United Kingdom (UK)
Art direction:
Contemporary Art
About Robert McPartland

Robert McPartland works in the still life tradition; his motifs are everyday, insignificant objects, often precariously balanced between clarity, calm and tension, which he then interprets as space, light, process and phenomena.Through the level of attention he brings to his work,he creates visual meditations on the everyday that are layered and poetic. His work makes reference to the Italian tradition, particularly Piero Della Francesca, Caravaggio, Giorgio Morandi and Domenico Gnoli.
Robert talks about his work in this short video


Goldsmith’s College Post graduate art teachers certificate
Ravensbourne College of Art & Design B.A. Hons. Fine Art
Middlesborough College of Art Foundation Course


I paint in the still life tradition and play with everyday, insignificant objects, often precariously balanced between clarity, calm and tension; I’m more interested in the ‘how’ than the ‘what’ and see objects as events or conditions and their identities as indeterminate until they react with other events or conditions, i.e. other objects, ‘space’ and light.
My relationship with my subject matter is intuitive and rarely programmatic or conceptualised; every element is a variable and fields of possibilities change in many ways, depending on my interaction with them. The process is deeply relational and it is through this organic engagement and the passing of time that any poetry, meaning or significance may become embodied and revealed.

It follows that I see the painting not as merely a material object or an illusionistic window, but in a sense as a living thing that metaphorises meaning and conveys human qualities directly through our right hemisphere. My wish is for the work to act and be responded to as in a human encounter.
(paraphrase of Ian McGilchrist, Master and his Emissary pg. 96)

I look to the work of the past, not nostalgically, but because in some of it I see startling confirmations of our new understanding of matter and the universe without and within. In my small way, I try to fold this into the humanity of painting.


Lao Tzu
Fra Angelico
Piero Della Francesca
Giovanni Bellini
Hans Memling
George De la Tour
William Blake
Monet’s late Nympheas
Eric Ravillious
Domenico Gnoli
Richard Feynman
Allan Watts
Richard Diebenkorn
Bill Viola
Iain McGilchrist


"Connected Worlds" a joint show of paintings with my partner Stephanie Tuckwell. Kooywood Gallery, Cardiff. May 18th - June 1st 2019
Lynn Painter-Stainers Prize Exhibition, Mall Galleries London 5-17 March 2019
Kooywood Gallery, Cardiff. Nov. 2016
Royal West of England Open, Oct 2016
Jackson's Open Art Prize finalist May 2016
Show with Stephanie Tuckwell - Kooywood Gallery Cardiff Nov 2015
Group drawing show Oriel Mryddin, Carmarthen May 2015
Group Show Kooywood Gallery Cardiff Nov 2014
Royal West of England Annual Open Exhibition Nov - Dec 2014
Derwent Art Prize show, Mall Galleries, London. 15 - 20th Sept 2014
group show "Welsh Contemporary Realism" Kooywood Gallery Cardiff Jan - Feb 2014
Royal West of England Annual Open Exhibition. Bristol UK 24 Nov. - 26 Jan 2014
20/21 Art Fair Royal College of Art Sept 2013 with Flying Colours Gallery
Small works Kooywood gallery May 2013
Affordable Art Fair Singapore Nov 2012 Fiumano Fine Art
20/21 Art Fair Royal College of Art Sept 2012 with Flying Colours Gallery
Fiumano Fine Art London 6th - 20th June 2012 Show Two
Smelik & Stokking Galleries The Hague Netherlands Group show 28/3-3/6 2012
Affordable Art Fair with Fiumano Fine Art 15th - 18th March 2012
Fiumano Fine Art London 7th - 29th Feb. 2012 Group show
Solo show: Kooywood Gallery Cardiff 10th Nov - 31st Dec 2011
2010 Solo Show: Kooywood Gallery Cardiff 11th Nov - 31st Dec
2010 National Open Art Competition Chichester Regional prizewinner Wales
2009 Welsh Artist of the Year exhibition, St David’s Hall, Cardiff.
2008 Discerning Eye - Mall galleries London
2006 Drawing Wales – touring exhibition, Aberystwyth, Wrexham
2005 C2 Gallery, Milton Keynes, mixed show
2004 Jerwood Drawing Prize exhibition, Jerwood space, London and touring,
2000 Cheltenham & Gloucester Open Drawing Exhibition,
1998 Hunting Art Awards - Awarded Regional prize for Wales.
1997 Wales Drawing Biennale 1, Aberystwyth Arts Centre
1992 – 1986 Whitechapel Open Exhibitions, Whitechapel Gallery
1991 British Month - Roy Miles Gallery
1990 The Artist at Work - Art for Offices
1988 Thumb Gallery, London W1
1987 Athena International Art Awards
1986 & 1985 Contemporary Art Society Art Market, Smiths Gallery, London WC2
1985 Tolly Cobbold 5th National Exhibition
1984 Ian Birksted Gallery, London WC2

Awards and Highlights

Collections The Earl of Gowrie P.C.
Unilever PLC
Price Waterhouse Cooper
Walt Disney Productions
Scrolapoint Ltd
Various private collections


2010 National Open Art Competition regional prize for Wales
1998 - 9 Hunting Art Awards - regional prize for Wales.
1998 NatWest Art prize art writing award,


2011 T.V. “Show me the Monet…” BBC2 TV
2010 Western Mail
2010 Art of England magazine
2009 Western Mail, Metro
2006 Western Mail
2004 T.V. Big Art Challenge, Channel 5 TV
2002 Period House magazine.
1998 Country Life
Arts and Crafts Magazine
Western Mail
South Wales Echo
Interview - B.B.C. Radio “Arts Round”
T.V. Interview - HTV “Prime Time”
1993 Art for Sale (Guardian)
1992 Time Out
1986 Observer Magazine
1986 Art Review

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