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About the artist

Robin Archer b.1971

Robin Archer is a Nottinghamshire-based artist who specializes in representational figurative, portrait, animal, and landscape paintings in oil. He has been painting since he was a child and has developed a keen eye for capturing the essence and emotion of his subjects. Early on he bacame a fan of the work of celebrated nineteenth century Illustrators such as Arthur Rackham and Alphonse Mucha as well as contemporary fantasy artists like Frank Frazetta, Jeff Jones and Brian Froud. As Robin got older he also began to take more interest in and admire many of the great  painters from history such as Diego Velazquez and Rembrandt through to nineteenth century painters including  John Singer Sargent, Hugh Ramsay and John William Waterhouse to name just a few.


Oil paints are his preferred medium and whilst Robin's work is often contemporary in style it is firmly rooted in the rich tradition of European figurative painting. Each piece is meticulously crafted, reflecting Robin's skill, creativity, and passion for capturing emotions and enviroments with a vibrant and compelling visual narrative. He is continually motivated to produce work that will provoke a lasting emotional response in the viewer.

Robin has exhibited his paintings in various galleries and venues across the UK, and has received several awards and commissions for his work. He is also a passionate teacher and mentor, who enjoys sharing his knowledge and skills with aspiring artists of all ages and levels.

Artist Statement


My paintings are characterized by a realistic and expressive style, with a strong emphasis on light, shadow, and colour. I use a variety of techniques, such as glazing, scumbling, and impasto, to create rich and textured surfaces that invite the viewer to explore the details and nuances of my compositions. I often paint from life, using models, photographs, or sketches as references, but also add my own interpretation and imagination to my scenes. I am especially drawn to the human figure, as I find them to be the most challenging and rewarding subjects to portray



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