Roberts is a Calgary based artist born in Edmonton, Alberta. He is a figurative artist and is known for his diversity across a multitude of mediums. Roberts graduated from the Alberta College of Art and Design in 1980 majoring in both Sculpture and Drawing. “Learning to portray the human form complete with beauty, character, emotion, sensuality and all the qualities that bring us together in our relating to one another, is a true challenge, one that takes a lifetime to learn”. The figure, with its many moods and dynamic forms of expression will always be a source of inspiration to his artistic vision. Roberts work is influenced by and is reminiscent of the Renaissance masters and has been referred to as, “Renaissance Contemporary”. His drawn works exhibit masterful mark making and sensitivity. “A mark, immediate and unblemished by rational thought is a raw and powerful expression of self”. His bold, confident mark making has crossed the boundaries of medium and dimension and is present in all his work. His solo exhibitions highlight a diversity of mediums which include paintings, drawings and sculptural works.
Roberts is a strong advocate of the creative pursuit. He has instructed Figure and Portrait drawing for fourteen years including teaching with Extended Studies at the Alberta College of Art and Design in Calgary. Roberts’s works are held in private collections internationally. Roberts, is an ASA member with the Alberta Society of Artists and an SFCA member with the Federation of Canadian Artists.
I am an artist who thrives on exploring many mediums. My mediums of preference are oils, watercolor, clay, bronze, charcoal, soft pastel, copper wire and matches. I have works that are, by virtue of their medium unique to my oeuvre.
I consider my work to be Renaissance-Contemporary born of my passion for, and study of, the Renaissance masters. Renaissance influence can be seen in my drawn and sculptural works, it is visible in my line, mark making and my sense of aesthetic for the human figure. Rooted in the strength of years of dedication and passion for the human form, I share the journey of my visions.
I have always had a passion for drawing. A simple mark is the portrayal of what you see as interpreted by your heart. Mark making is a personal identifier. Emotional, sensitive and sensual mark making is a distinguishing character of my figurative work. A mark, immediate and unblemished by rational thought is a raw and powerful expression of ‘self.’ The energy of my mark making has crossed the boundaries of medium and dimension and is present in all my work.
I am a great believer and champion of, the gift and the power of creativity. “Engaging your creative self is essential to being human”. The gift of creativity does not reside within the works you create, it resides within you so that you may discover the truth and nature of ‘Self’.
“Creativity is the only path upon which you will; find yourself, lose yourself and become yourself”.