Harry Robertson, Painter

 
 
 

0

0

0

0

0

 
 
Harry Robertson

Harry Robertson, Painter

Ruthin, Denbighshire

Facebook
Twitter
Google+
StumbleUpon
Pinterest

I was born into a British working-class family in Scarborough, Yorkshire. I have an elder brother and sister. We were brought up in what is now called a single-parent family. Our mother was a waitress. When she died, we kids went off in different directions. Not choice, it just happened. After something of a chaotic period I ended up with foster parents living in Darwen, Lancashire, aged eleven. They took me with them when they moved to Manchester.

At the age of twelve I was offered an interview for a place in the Manchester High School of Art, a specialist junior art school in the normal secondary system. A place had become available because a pupil had climbed into the building next door for a bet with his mates. It was Strangeways Prison. So he was kicked out of the school, poor kid. I was lucky enough to get his place. (I found out about these circumstances later, through the child-care system, and many years later I met the expellee who confirmed it!)

A few of us from the High School went to St.Martins College of Art in London, England. At the time it was renowned as the best undergraduate art school in Britain. I'm not sure I learnt a lot at St.Martins. It had and has a terrific reputation, upon which many of the Fine Art staff rested very comfortably. I remember at least a couple of staff who said that artists were born and it, art, could not be taught. Which begged the question in my mind, 'then why are you drawing a salary?'

For a few years after leaving college I worked in various occupations; painter, muralist, carpenter, songwriter, music producer, to name a few. Throughout this time I was painting, and finding my way. Whilst working in education, I eventually became the Head of School in a large Creative Arts Department, in a London College. Subsequently I left to paint full-time which is what I do now.

I was elected to the Royal Cambrian Academy on 24th April 2010.

 

The River at Lady Bagots by Harry Robertson

 

Llandudno by Harry Robertson

 

Sketch of Torso by Harry Robertson

 

Reclining Figure by Harry Robertson

 

Baby, drawing with Mother by Harry Robertson

 

Reclining Female by Harry Robertson

 

The Stream at the Farm by Harry Robertson

 

At the Farm by Harry Robertson

 

By The Farm by Harry Robertson

 

By the Dee by Harry Robertson

 

Moel Famau from Loggerheads by Harry Robertson

 

Winter Tree in North Wales by Harry Robertson

 

Male Torso by Harry Robertson

 

Semi Cubist Life Drawing by Harry Robertson

 

Dancers Preparing by Harry Robertson

 

Autumn at Loggerheads by Harry Robertson

 

Black Face Mummers by Harry Robertson

 

Dancers at the International Eisteddfod by Harry Robertson

 

Lady Bagots by Harry Robertson

 

Shearing by Harry Robertson

 

Stormy Weather by Harry Robertson

 

The Side of the Valley by Harry Robertson

 

Towards Llanferres by Harry Robertson

 

Tree River Wood by Harry Robertson

 

Two Trees in Light by Harry Robertson

 

Winter in North Wales by Harry Robertson

 

Before the Dance at the National Eisteddfod by Harry Robertson

 

Frosty Morning by Harry Robertson

 

Woman reclining by Harry Robertson

 

Mathew's back. by Harry Robertson

 

Sketch of mountains in Snowdonia by Harry Robertson

 

Sketch of a pond at Port Meirion by Harry Robertson

 

Sketch near Aberystwyth by Harry Robertson

 

Sketch of Halation effect through Trees by Harry Robertson

 

Rough sketch by Rhug by Harry Robertson

 

Plein air in Snowdonia by Harry Robertson

 

Plein air sketch in Snowdonia by Harry Robertson

 

Plein air in Snowdonia by Harry Robertson

 

Plein air sketch at Ogwen Snowdonia by Harry Robertson

 

Looking towards Snowdonia by Harry Robertson

 

Light through trees at Aberglaslyn. by Harry Robertson

 

Torso. by Harry Robertson

 

Roy's hand. by Harry Robertson

 

Roy leaning on stool. by Harry Robertson

 

Rocky outcrop in Snowdonia. by Harry Robertson

 

Drawing by Ogwen. by Harry Robertson

 

Light in the Woods by Harry Robertson

 

Bridge at Bontuchel by Harry Robertson