Robert is a highly respected painter having had many, successful solo exhibitions in London, Harrogate, Newcastle, Scotland and Chicago, he has a solid following and is in demand for exhibitions North and South of the border. It’s not difficult to see why, his paintings capture the beauty of the white sandy beaches and the turquoise water of his beloved Western Isles and in particular the Island of Barra, where his father was born. These beautiful islands, made famous by the Scottish Colourists, will always be his chief inspiration and he returns there again and again. Born in Glasgow in 1949, Robert studied at Glasgow School of Art in the late 1960’s. He was taught by three of the biggest names in Scottish painting, David Donaldson, Alexander Goudie and James Robertson. Following graduation he embarked on a career in art education finally retiring in 1995 to become a full-time painter and he never looked back.
Born in Glasgow 1949
Studied at Glasgow School of Art 1966 – 1970. Awarded D.A. 1970
Studied Painting under David Donaldson, Alexander Goudie, and James Robertson.
A career in Art Education followed, until 1995 when he decided to paint full time.
Kelsey has exhibited in many of the annual exhibitions such as RGI. ,RSA.and PAI.
In 1998 he was awarded a Diploma from the Paisley Art Institute.
In 2009 he was elected a Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts FRSA
In 2010 he was awarded an Honorary Degree of Master of the University of the West of Scotland, MUniv .
Thompson’s Gallery London 1994 to 2016
John Martin Gallery London 1996, 1998
Kranenburg & Fowler, Oban 2003
Belloc Lowndes, Chicago 1999
Corrymella Scott, Newcastle 2000, 2004
Walker Gallery, Harrogate 2003, 2005, 2007
Thompson’s Galleries 1994 to 2016
John Martin Gallery 1994 to 2000
The Walker Gallery, Harrogate 1999 to 2009
London and New York 1995-2004
Chicago, Miami 1999-2001
His Grace the Duke of Bedford,
The Fleming Collection
Arisaig Partners (Asia) Ltd
Paisley Art Gallery & Museum
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by Paul Harris & Julian Halsby
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