Robert Dutton is quickly becoming one of the UK’s best known and respected contemporary fine artists.
Robert has a 30 year track record of professional creative activity, to include an extensive career as a professional Graphic Designer and Illustrator, working for many blue chip and leading financial companies such as KPMG and PwC.
Due to the demand for his popular painting style and tuition, Robert now works as a self employed fine artist and tutor, winning regular fine art awards for his distinctive and expressive style of work in numerous international competitions.
In 2014, Robert was proud to be represented by Nitram Charcoal (from Canada) at ‘Art World International’ in Frankfurt, where his work received much critical acclaim and exhibition sell out.
Robert is a very popular training partner for several leading UK art businesses and art holiday companies throughout the UK, to include Higham Hall and Rydal Hall in the Lake District, Parcevall Hall in North Yorkshire and Cober Hill near Scarborough on the Heritage Coast of East Yorkshire with a great student following.
As a leading Canson Ambassador in the UK for the world leading paper manufacturer in France, he regularly teaches workshops at several leading art events promoting their popular ine art papers at many different prestigious events to include ‘Patchings Art, Craft and Photography Festival near Nottingham, ‘Art Materials Live’ at Birmingham NEC, amongst others.
He exhibits throughout the UK with a wide range of prestigious galleries (to include the Mall Galleries and Royal Academy) to keen and receptive audiences. His work can also be found in numerous public and private collections throughout the United Kingdom, Canada, Australia, New Zealand and the United States of America.
Robert is a Leeds based artist having settled in West Yorkshire and living in the county for over 22 years. He has travelled extensively in search of overseas subjects (to include the South of France, Venice and New York), which he captures with strong visual colourful presence and a modern impressionistic style. However, it is without doubt that it is his beloved Pennine moors and Dales landscapes and hidden corners along the UK coast which are his main creative inspirations.
Expressing these delicate fragile landscapes with a rich use of painting materials has led Robert to often combine media together to both ‘draw and paint’ within any given painting at one time. Subsequently, each expressive finished painting becomes a tangible sensual response to his subject - with eye catching surface textures and passages of paint hovering in balance between spontaneity, calculation and control.
Other aspects of Robert’s award winning fine art is concerned with depicting wildlife in the context within its native habitat, to look beyond an expected close up and to reveal something new, unseen, or previously unappreciated perhaps by the viewer and an expression of how it felt to be there.
Awards & Competitions
- Overall competition winner - ‘The Artists Purchasing Prize’ 2003.
- ‘Pro Arte Award’ 2004
- ‘Royal Talens' Award 2013
- ‘Patchings Professional Artist Exhibitor’ 2014.
- Patchings Art, craft and Photography Awards, Calverton, Nottingham, Nottinghamshire
International Artist Magazine
100 Best Seascape Artists, 2004
Highly Commended Seascape Artist ‘International Artist Magazine’.
Global Open Art Competition 2004
Federation of British Artists, Mall Galleries.
‘Pastel Society’ exhibitor 2005 and 2015.
- 2013 Full time self-employed fine artist and tutor
- 2006-2013 In-house Graphic Designer for PwC
- 1984-2006 Professional Graphic Design career for leading blue chip companies (to include KPMG)
- 1981-1984 Hull College of Art and Design (BA Hons) Degree in Graphic Design and Illustration