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Art in the Mansion ~ Robert Gladden

September 20 - September 26

Now a resident of south west Wales, Robert (born 1965) had, until the end of last year, lived mainly under the vast skies of eastern England. Although an alumnus of The Prince of Wales’s Institute of Architecture (1994/95), Robert is a largely self-taught artist, working mainly in mixed media using combination of watercolour, pen and ink, oil pastel and collage. With a background in architecture (he was part of the team tasked with the completion of Bury St Edmunds cathedral, the last Gothic Revival building in Britain), it is not at all surprisingly that buildings are a recurrent theme in his work. Stylistic influences are wide; from Renaissance architectural pattern books to Edwardian illustrators such as F L Griggs; artists from Moroni to David Hockney. Most inspiration, however, is drawn from the British Romantic and Neo-Romantic traditions. Samuel Palmer and the twentieth century John Piper are particular favourites; both of whom, in common with many others in both Romantic traditions, travelled to Wales and in particular to the Towy valley in search of inspiration. Robert is particularly drawn to the Romantic idea of ‘place’, the ‘Genius Loci’. As Piper explained; ‘Romantic art is the result of a vision that can see in things something significant beyond ordinary significance, something that for a moment seems to contain the whole world.’


September 20
September 26
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