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Art in the Mansion – Robert Gladden
May 22 - May 28
Now a resident of south Wales, Robert (born 1965) had, until the end of last year, had lived mainly under the vast, numinous skies of East Anglia. Although an alumnus of The Prince of Wales’s Institute of Architecture Robert, who is also a blogger on culture and architecture, is largely a self-taught artist, working mainly in mixed media using the combination of watercolour, pen & ink, oil pastel and collage. With a background in architecture (he was part of the team tasked with the completion of the cathedral at Bury St Edmunds, Suffolk, the last Gothic Revival building in Britain), it is not at all surprising that the built environment is a recurrent theme in his work.
Stylist influences are wide, perhaps disparate; from Renaissance pattern books to Edwardian illustrators such as F L Griggs; artists from Moroni to David Hockney. Most inspiration is however drawn from the British Romantic and Neo-Romantic traditions. Samuel Palmer and the twentieth century Neo-Romantic John Piper are particular favourites.; both of whom, in common with many others on both Romantic traditions, travelled to Wales and often to the Towy valley in search of inspiration. Robert is particularly drawn to the Romantic idea of ‘place’, the ‘Genius Loci’ of Antiquity. As John Piper explained: ‘Romantic art is the result of a vision that can see in things something beyond ordinary significance, something that for a moment seems to contain the whole world.’
Both Robert’s art and writing can be found at the following sites: