Robert McPartland is a painter whose ability to render everyday objects in acute detail and clarity transforms the mundane and pedestrian into the slightly surreal and uncanny.
Robert is interested in our relationship to the things that surround us. Our every action has an impact on our physical environment; Roberts’s paintings capture this in the positioning and manipulation of objects. He ‘creates’ a still life scene and then photographs it from all angles and in varying light conditions. Robert will then return to the photographs, sometimes years later, and paint one view of his posed objects.
“I am interested in our relationship to the forms we share our world with, to which we attach ever changing meanings, values and functions. Through observation, thought, use of context, relationship, and scale, I try to say something of significance with small things, whilst being true to their nature. Even a simple, single form can have many manifestations and existences; faced with complexity, I work as simply as possible.”
Roberts’s work has been exhibited throughout the UK and can be found in several private and corporate collections including the Earl of Gowrie pc, Unilever plc, Coopers & Lybrand, Walt Disney Productions, Scrolapoint and Deryck Healey (patron of new art at the Tate Gallery)