Carole Robb is well-known Scottish painter famous for her simple and effective acrylic and watercolor paintings.
She was born in Scotland and studied painting at the Glasgow School of Art and the University of Reading England (MFA 1979). She studied with Terry Frost. Numerous solo shows include Arnolfini – Bristol, AIR – London, South London Art Gallery, C’a d’Oro – Rome, J.T.Fassbinder – Berlin – Forum Gallery, New York, NY and Robert Steele Gallery, New York, NY.
Robb’s grandiose images coincide with the scale and theme of her work. She travels from New York to London and Rome to rediscover the romantic and aesthetic atmosphere of each of these Cities of Love. She catches couples embracing in the same locations that couples embraced centuries ago. Her work studies personal relationships and the romances and emotions that cohabit them. She replicates what it’s like to be in love on canvas. As Robb says in her own words, “Every generation rediscovers passion…We can look back at the epic tale of the lover affair between Paris and Helen of Troy that started a war to see the moral complexities of love, but in its simplest form it’s to do with emotional connection… 27 centuries later we still feel the immediate emotional connection.” Love or the lack of love is a base connection of what it is to be human.
Peter de Francia, a painter and author, says of Robb, “What appears to be the most impressive feature of her work is the manner in which she fuses memory with freshness of renewed experience. Carole Robb’s paintings are in part touchstones of reality- of here and now- merged with the graduated experience derived from the past. This is why her work is and will remain memorable.”
Major awards include the British Prix de Rome, a Fulbright award, and a British Arts Council Major Award. Her work is represented in private and public collections, including the Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York, the Victoria and Albert Museum, London, and the Imperial War Museum, London. Carole Robb is a member of the National Academy, New York and is represented by the Robert Steele Gallery, New York.
Carole Robb has worked in Rome, Venice, New York and London.