Pirnmill artist’s library show

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The featured artist for the month of March at Arran Library in Brodick is Pirmill artist Robert Stevens.

Robert trained in ceramics and three-dimensional design at Wolverhampton in the mid-1970s.

Early in his career he spent five years in Sierra Leone, West Africa, with Voluntary Service Overseas developing pottery in a remote village called Mambolo. There he introduced kiln building and appropriate technologies in pottery and fired clay brick-making.

When he returned to Britain in 1985, he taught in Buckinghamshire and for the next 30 years ran the department of fine art at the Royal Grammar School, High Wycombe.

In 2017, the opportunity arose to further his ambition to become a practising artist/sculptor and he came to live on Arran with his wife Jane and built his studio beside the burn Allt Gobhlach, which runs alongside his home in Pirnmill.

Describing his work, Robert said: ‘I work using an experimental approach to both drawing and mixed-media, responding to the “process” in order to inform the developments in the work. This more intuitive method is underpinned by my interest in the patterns, forms and the synthesis or web that connects and shapes our natural world.’

In addition to the exhibition at the library, Robert’s work can be seen at his studio as part of the Arran Art Trail and Open Studios.