All text and images © ALLAN J ROBERTSON 2018

 

ALLAN J ROBERTSON

SCOTTISH PAINTER + PRINTMAKER

BIOGRAPHY

Born in Edinburgh, Scotland -

 

Following a period working in the Engineering industry Allan J Robertson completed the Art Foundation Course at Leith School of Art before studying at Edinburgh College of Art from 2005-2009 gaining a BA (Hons) Painting & Drawing. Since then he has worked full time from his Edinburgh based studio. Robertson regularly contributes to group shows across the country most recently at the Paisley Art Institute's 131st Annual Open Exhibition in September - October, 2019. His work is held in private collections in Scotland, Ireland, Germany, USA and Canada.

 

Robertson's work channels the experience of architectural space through the medium of painting. This interest centres specifically upon ambiguous spaces at the edges of the built environment where boundaries between civilization and nature, order and disorder, past and present have become blurred and indistinct. These ambiguous sites become subject matter for a painting practice which mines equally marginal territories, flitting between abstract/representational, accidental/intentional and constructive/destructive approaches to image making.

 

Recent work has focused upon the phenomena of the Modern ruin, taking particular interest in sites whose usage has undergone a form of transformation over the passage of time. Reflecting notions of appropriation and misuse that typically occur within these spaces following abandonment, disparate approaches from the history of painting are sampled and layered, creating paintings rich in texture, colour and a strong sense of place.

 

 
 

EXHIBITIONS

MIXED WINTER EXHIBITION

SATURDAY 7th DECEMBER - 2019 - SUNDAY 19th JANUARY - 2020

PREVIEW FRIDAY 6th DECEMBER 6 - 8pm

Opening times can be found on https://www.fidrafineart.co.uk/contact

Fidra Fine Art

7-8 Stanley Road (Main Street),

Gullane, East Lothian,

Scotland, EH31 2AD

WINTER EXHIBITION 

FRIDAY 15th NOVEMBER - TUESDAY 24th DECEMBER - 2019

Opening times can be found on http://galleryten.co.uk/

Gallery Ten

5 William Street, West End,

Edinburgh, EH3 7NG

OF NIGHT AND LIGHT -

A NEW MIXED EXHIBITION AT THE VELVET EASEL GALLERY 

SATURDAY 2nd NOVEMBER - 2019 - SUNDAY 1st MARCH - 2020

Opening times can be found on http://velveteasel.co.uk/

298 Portobello High Street,

Portobello,

Scotland, EH15 2AS

131st ANNUAL OPEN EXHIBITION

SATURDAY 7th SEPTEMBER - SUNDAY 20th OCTOBER - 2019

PAISLEY ART INSTITUTE

Exhibition Opening Times Saturday 7 Sep, 11.30am - 5.30pm.

Then runs Tue - Sat 11.30am - 5.30pm & Sun 12noon - 5pm

THE PIAZZA

Unit 43A & 54

Central Way,

Paisley, PA1 1EL

OPEN STUDIO
SATURDAY 10th AUGUST - 2019

12.30pm - 4.00pm

My studio will be open to the public at this time only.

WASPS Studios

Albion Business Centre

Unit 7a

Albion Business Centre, 78 Albion Road,

Edinburgh, 

Scotland, EH7 5QZ 

THE STARS GO WALTZING....

SATURDAY 6th JULY - SUNDAY 27th OCTOBER - 2019

Opening times can be found on http://velveteasel.co.uk/

The Velvet Easel Gallery

298 Portobello High Street,

Portobello,

Scotland, EH15 2AS

EDINBURGH BIG SUMMER SHOW 2019

OPENING THURSDAY 13th JUNE  

FRIDAY 14th - SATURDAY 15th - SUNDAY 16th JUNE - 2019

The Best in Scottish Contemporary Fine Art at 

The Lemond Gallery 

venue - 20 Murrayfield Drive,

Edinburgh, EH12 6EB

BIG SUMMER SHOW 2019

OPENING FRIDAY 7th JUNE 

SATURDAY 8th - SUNDAY 9th JUNE - 2019

Contemporary Scottish Fine Art at 

The Lemond Gallery 

4 Thorn Road,

Bearsden Glasgow, G61 4PP

OFF THE WALL....

SATURDAY 9th MARCH - SUNDAY 30th JUNE - 2019

The Velvet Easel Gallery

298 Portobello High Street,

Portobello, Scotland, EH15 2AS

ARCHITECTURAL LANDSCAPE 

SIX ARTISTS INSPIRED BY ARCHITECTURE

SATURDAY 26th JANUARY- SUNDAY 24th FEBRUARY - 2019

Fidra Fine Art

7-8 Stanley Road (Main Street),

Gullane, East Lothian,

Scotland, EH31 2AD

WINTER EXHIBITION

SATURDAY 8th DECEMBER - 2018 - SUNDAY 20th JANUARY - 2019

Fidra Fine Art

7-8 Stanley Road (Main Street),

Gullane, East Lothian,

Scotland, EH31 2AD

138th ANNUAL OPEN EXHIBITION

MONDAY 26th NOVEMBER -THURSDAY 13th DECEMBER - 2018

THE ROYAL SCOTTISH SOCIETY OF PAINTERS IN WATERCOLOUR

Opening times can be found on https://www.rsw.org.uk/

Upper Galleries

Royal Scottish Academy

The Mound, Edinburgh EH2 2EL

FIVE YEARS....

SATURDAY 3rd NOVEMBER - 2018 - SUNDAY 3rd MARCH - 2019

Opening times can be found on http://velveteasel.co.uk/

The Velvet Easel Gallery

298 Portobello High Street,

Portobello, Scotland, EH15 2AS

OPEN STUDIOS 
17th - 18th AUGUST - 2018

Albion Business Centre, 78 Albion Road,

Edinburgh, Scotland, EH7 5QZ 

WASPS 40/40 VISION EXHIBITION

JUNE -JULY - 2018

Kirkcudbright Galleries,

Kirkcudbright, Scotland
 

NEW BEGINNINGS

MAY - JUNE - 2018

Fidra Fine Art

Gullane, East Lothian, Scotland
 

SPRING MIXED EXHIBITION

MARCH - APRIL - 2018

Fidra Fine Art Gallery

North Berwick, Scotland

MIXED SHOW - SEPTEMBER - OCTOBER - 2017 

Fidra Fine Art Gallery

Cherry Trees, 45 Dirleton Avenue,

North Berwick, Scotland

THE ROYAL SCOTTISH SOCIETY OF PAINTERS IN WATERCOLOUR - 2017

6th Summer Open Annual Exhibition - AUG – SEPT 

Lillie Art Gallery

Station Road, Milngavie, Glasgow, G62 8BZ

RSA OPEN EXHIBITION - JULY - OCT - 2017

The Royal Scottish Academy

The Mound, Edinburgh

LAND AND SEA - AN EXHIBITION OF SIX ARTISTS - JUNE - SEPT - 2017

Craigard Gallery

13 North Main Street, Wigtown, Dumfries and Galloway

SUMMER EXHIBITION - JUNE - JULY - 2017

Gallery Ten

5 William Street, Edinburgh

MIXED SHOW - APRIL - MAY - 2017 

Fidra Fine Art Gallery

North Berwick, Scotland

 

CHRISTMAS EXHIBITION - DECEMBER - 2016 - JANUARY - 2017

Fidra Fine Art Gallery

North Berwick, Scotland

 

WINTER EXHIBITION - DECEMBER - 2016 

The Meffan Art Gallery

20 West High St, Forfar, Angus

WINTER EXHIBITION - NOVEMBER - DECEMBER - 2016

Gallery Ten

10 Stafford Street, Edinburgh

 

FEATURED ARTIST

WINTER EXHIBITION - NOVEMBER - 2016 - JANUARY - 2017

Edinburgh Drawing School

13a Great King Street, Edinburgh

 

YA BASS!

BASS ROCK - A TIMELESS MUSE - AUGUST - SEPTEMBER - 2016

Fidra Fine Art Gallery

North Berwick, Scotland

THE ROYAL SCOTTISH SOCIETY OF PAINTERS IN WATERCOLOUR - 2016

5th Summer Open Annual Exhibition- APRIL – MAY 

The Meffan Art Gallery

West High St, Forfar, Angus

WINTER MIXED EXHIBITION - JAN - FEBRUARY - 2016

Fidra Fine Art Gallery

North Berwick, Scotland

 

RSA OPEN EXHIBITION - NOV - FEBRUARY - 2016

The Royal Scottish Academy

The Mound, Edinburgh

 

WINTER EXHIBITION - DEC - JANUARY - 2016

Gallery Ten

Stafford Street, Edinburgh

 

WINTER EXHIBITION - DEC - JANUARY - 2016

The Meffan Art Gallery

West High St, Forfar, Angus

 

6 MONTH RESIDENCY & RESEARCH - DEC - MAY - 2015

Warburton Gallery

1 India Buildings, Victoria Street, Edinburgh

 

OPEN STUDIOS - DEC - 2014

Warburton Studios

1 India Buildings, Victoria Street, Edinburgh

 

3 HARBOURS ARTS FESTIVAL - JUNE - 2014

Chalmers Memorial Church Hall

Gosford Road, Port Seton

 

TRANSLATIONS - MAY - 2014

Moray Art Centre

The Park, Findhorn, Moray

 

OBSERVATIONS FROM THE BACK ROOM

[By The New Obscurists] - JUNE - 2013

Patriothall Gallery

Off Hamilton Place, Stockbridge, Edinburgh

 

ASPECTS OF LEITH II - FEB - MARCH - 2013

Leith School of Art

25 North Junction Street, Edinburgh

 

ART FAIR - 2012

Chelsea Town Hall

Kings Road, London

 

EXHIBITION OF CONTEMPORARY SCOTTISH PAINTING - 2012

The Vine Trust Barge

Leith, Edinburgh

 

NORTH LIGHT - 2012

Town House Museum

Dunbar, East Lothian

 

THE MAKING OF IT - 2012

[Part of Embassy Annuale and LeithLate Festival]

The Old Ambulance Depot

Edinburgh

 

THE ROYAL SCOTTISH SOCIETY OF PAINTERS IN WATERCOLOUR - 2012

132nd Annual Open Exhibition

Royal Scottish Academy

The Mound, Edinburgh

 

ASPECTS OF LEITH - 2011

Whitespace

Gayfield Square, Edinburgh

 

JOLOMO FINALISTS - 2011

Hannah McClure Centre

Abertay Dundee University, Dundee

 

JOLOMO FINALISTS - 2011

Bryce Hall, The Bank of Scotland

The Mound, Edinburgh

 

EDGELANDS - 2011

Leith School of Art

25 North Junction Street, Edinburgh

 

SCRATCHING THE SURFACE II - 2011

Arts Complex

London Road, Edinburgh

 

SCRATCHING THE SURFACE I - 2011

Patriothall Gallery

WASPS, Edinburgh

 

EDINBURGH WORLD HERITAGE - 2010

EWH Headquarters

Charlotte Square, Edinburgh

 

SUB LIME STUCTURES - 2010

MWB, Business Exchange

St Andrews Square, Edinburgh

 

SALON SANS TITRE - JUNE 2010

The Henderson Gallery

Thistle Street Lane NW, Edinburgh

 

THE ASPECT PRIZE - 2010

Paisley Museum & Art Galleries

Paisley, Scotland

 

ARTSPACE2LET - 2010

Spottiswoode Street, Marchmont, Edinburgh

 

RSA 183rd ANNUAL OPEN EXHIBITION - 2009

Royal Scottish Academy

The Mound, Edinburgh

 

VENN - 2009

Gladstone’s Land

Lawnmarket, Edinburgh

 

INPRINT - 2009

The Maltings Art Centre

Berwick Upon Tweed, Borders

 

COLONEL MUSTARD’S TEA-PARTY - 2009

Scottish Art’s Club

Rutland Square, Edinburgh

 

FILM STRIPS EXHIBITION - 2009

The Filmhouse

Lothian Road, Edinburgh

 

UP THE STAIRS - 2008

Gladstone’s Land

Lawnmarket, Edinburgh

 

GLASS CEILING - 2008

The Drill Hall

Dalmeny Street, Edinburgh

 

PULP EXHIBITION - 2007

Works on Paper

The Chessel Gallery, Edinburgh

 

NEW WORKS - 2007

Scottish Art’s Club

Rutland Square, Edinburgh

 

DRAW/SKATERAW - 2007

Richard Demarco’s Archive

East Barns, East Lothian

 

 

 

 

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Allan J Robertson

WASPS Studios

Albion Business Centre

Unit 7a

78 Albion Rd

Edinburgh

EH7 5QZ

 

allanjrobertson@blueyonder.co.uk

 

TEL: +44 (0)131 332 2087
M: 0774 819 5953