Please join us Thursday September 6, from 7-9 p.m. as we celebrate the opening of Rob Crosby's exhibit. Everyone is welcome. The exhibit will be on display from September 1-30, 2018.
Colour, texture and age seem to be a catalyst for most of my paintings. Growing up on the East coast has influenced my work a great deal as well. I paint with acrylic paints which allow me to use vibrant colours and create an almost photographic look to my work. I find that every place you look colour is disappearing. Too much is becoming bland. I am very much influenced by things that most people walk by and don't even notice, like a pile of fishing buoys, an old boat or an old car. They have so much colour and texture to them and could probably tell a few interesting stories if they could talk.
I don't paint to make any political statement, or to try to impress the rest of the art world; I just paint what catches my eye and hopefully other people will enjoy them as well. I have been painting for over forty years and have found it to be a great stabilizer in my life. As a matter of fact, since I started painting I have added in three small birds in every one I have done, I have even forgotten where they are some times but it's fun to try to find them.
Born in Sydney, Nova Scotia in 1960, he lived in Halifax until moving to Ontario in the early 70's, attending school in St. Catharines, graduating from Sir Winston Churchill High school. Rob later attended Niagara College in the Visual Creative Art & Design program. Studying under master painter & print maker Ken Cosgrove in the late 70's and early 80's learning Graphic Arts and Life Painting as well as Silk Screening and Drawing.
Later moving to Brantford for a job that he held for 24 years, always painting and doing his photography. By adopting two girls from China, Rob has found a new meaning to life, changing priorities to the things that really matter, like his family and his art. Getting back to showing in several art exhibitions and selling his paintings and prints, the passion to paint and photograph has been rejuvenated.
His heart still belongs to the East coast which is very evident in his work of fishing villages and boats and he hopes to retire in Nova Scotia someday and continue his art as a full time obsession. Rob won a grant for exhibition from Ontario Arts Council in 2012 as well as putting his work in several galleries in Nova Scotia. He hopes to continue paintings and showing his work anywhere that will have him.
Exhibition Grant: Ontario Art Council, 2012
Brantford Arts Block
Central Ontario Art Association
St. Catharines Art Association
Brant Cultural Network
Solo Art Exhibitions
April 2010, Brantford Arts Block
June 2011, Niagara Pumphouse
June 2011, Art in The Villa
June 2011, Train Station Art Gallery
October 2012, Grand River Art Gallery
April 2013, Blue Dog Gallery
August 2013, Glenhyrst Gallery
October 2013, Niagara Pumphouse
2015, Crawford Collective, Brantford
2016, Niagara Pumphouse
2917, Art in the Park, Niagara Falls
Bank oF Nova Scotia Art Show
Glenhyrst Juried Art Show: 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014
COAA Juried Art Show: 2012, 2013
Crawford Collective Juried Art Show 2016 Winner
McMaster Innovation Centre Juried Show 2016
McMaster Innovation Centre Featured Artist 2017, April - June
Central Ontario Art Association Juried Art Show 2017 Hamilton Art Gallery
For the Love of Art 2017, Niagara on the Lake