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Robert is a graduate of Edinburgh College of Art / Edinburgh University,  Scotland, where he was a student of the Drawing and Painting School. On graduating he was awarded a year of Post Graduate study at Edinburgh and an Andrew Grant Travelling Scholarship which he used to travel throughout Italy and France.


His work was selected by the Fundación Cidade da Cultura de Galicia, Monte Gaiás, Santiago de Compostela, to be included in the prestigious "Auga Doce" / Fresh Water, exhibition 2014.


Robert’s work was selected for the 17th and 18th International Annual Exhibitions at the Horticultural Society of New York.

 
His painting, Cardiocrinum giganteum is in the private collection of Dr Shirley Sherwood OBE, and was included in the exhibition “Abundance: Seeds, Pods and Autumn Fruits” at the Shirley Sherwood Gallery Kew, October 2017 to March 2018 and was also part of the Modern Masterpieces of Botanical Art - The Shirley Sherwood Collection, at the Shirley Sherwood Gallery Kew, 2019 - 2020. 

​He has work in the Hunt Institute for Botanical Documentation, Pittsburgh, and various private collections.

His painting Abies koreana, won the Jurors Award when exhibited as part of the Out of the Woods / Out on a Limb exhibition at the Foundry Art Centre, St Charles, Missouri, in 2018. It was also selected along with his Protea magnifica and Banksia speciosa to be included in the exhibition "Exploring Botany" at the Manggha Museum, Krakow 2020-2021. 

l have a longstanding interest in light, our visual perception of it, and more recently its impact upon natures limitless wealth of plant forms.

 

Robert studied drawing and painting at Edinburgh College of Art / Edinburgh University, Scotland. On graduating he was awarded a year of post graduate study at Edinburgh and an Andrew Grant Travelling Scholarship which he used to travel throughout Italy and France. On completion of his post graduate studies, he never ceased painting.

 

Exhibitions

​2024

Visual Arts Scotland, Now and Then, Dalkeith Palace, Dalkeith           

198th RSA Annual Exhibition, RSA Gallery, Edinburgh

 

2020/21      

Exploring Botany, Manggha Museum, Kraków, Poland   

 

2019            

Shirley Sherwood Modern Masterpieces of Botanical Art, Shirley Sherwood

Gallery, London

 

2018            

Out of the Woods/Out on a Limb, Foundry Art Centre, St Charles Missouri    

   

2017            

Abundance, seeds, pods and autumn fruits, Shirley Sherwood Gallery, London    

 

2016            

The Beauty of Botanicals, OA Gallery, Missouri

15th International Exhibition, Hunt Institute, Pittsburgh

 

2015            

Horticultural Society of New York 18th Annual Exhibition    

 

2014            

Agua Doce/Fresh Water Exhibition, Museo Centro Gaiás, Santiago de Compostela

Annual Exhibition “Botanical Garden” The Society of Botanical Artists, London

Horticultural Society of New York 17th Annual Exhibition

Strictly Botanical, The Park Gallery, Callendar House, Falkirk, Scotland    

 

2013        

Annual Exhibition, “Tha Language of Flowers” The Society of Botanical Artists, London    

 

2008            

The Royal Scottish Society of Painters in Watercolour, 128th Annual Exhibition

SSA, Annual Exhibition, RSA Gallery, Edinburgh

2007            

A Celebration of Hospitalfield, Open Eye Gallery, Edinburgh

2005            

The Royal Scottish Academy, Open Exibition, RSA Gallery, Edinburgh

2004            

RGI, 143rd Annual Exhibition, Roger Bilcliff Gallery, Glasgow

1995            

Cyberia Internet Café, Edinburgh

Collective Gallery, Group Exhibition, Edinburgh

1997            

Aberlady Gallery, Aberlady, East Lothian

1996            

Collective Gallery, Group Exhibition, Edinburgh

1994            

Collective Gallery Christmas Exhibition, Edinburgh

Aberdona Gallery, Group Exhibition, Coalsnaughton, Clackmannanshire

1990            

W.A.S.P.S. Tillicultry Group Exhibition, W.A.S.P.S. Ltd. King Street Glasgow

1989            

Society of Scottish Artists, Annual Exhibition, Demarco Gallery, Edinburgh

1988            

Society of Scottish Artists, Annual Exhibition, RSA Gallery, Edinburgh

1987            

Society of Scottish Artists, Annual Exhibition, RSA Gallery, Edinburgh

1985            

Central Arts, Smith Art Gallery, Stirling

1978            

Winsor and Newton Finalist Exhibition, Royal College of Art

1977          

 Hospitalfield House, Arbroath, Edinburgh College of  Art/Edinburgh University

1977            

RSA Student Exhibition, RSA Gallery, Edinburgh

Solo Exhibitions

 

1985            

Collective Gallery, Solo Exhibition, Edinburgh

 

2009            

East Kilbride Arts Centre, South Lanarkshire

Awards
 
1977            

Awarded Scholarship to Hospitalfield House, Arbroath, Edinburgh College of   Art/Edinburgh University
 
1978            

Awarded Andrew Grant Travelling Scholarship, Edinburgh College of Art/Edinburgh University
 
2013            

Certificate of Botanical Merit, Suzanne Lucas Memorial Award, People's Choice Award, SBA London

                                                                           
2016            

Best in Show, OA Gallery, Kirkwood Missouri


2018            

Jurors Award, Foundry Art Centre, Saint Charles, Missouri
 
 
Collections
                    

Hunt Institute for Botanical Documentation, Pittsburgh


Shirley Sherwood Collection, Shirley Sherwood Gallery, London

 

Various private collections

Articles

Edit, The Alumni Magazine, The University of Edinburgh. “In a Fresh Light” Silke Currie. Robert McNeill and Fiona Strickland.

 

Kew Magazine, Royal Botanic Gardens Kew. Sue Herman

 

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