Robert Manners

Robert went to Portsmouth College of Art and then studied at Chelsea School of Art in the 1980’s. He received an MA in Multi-Disciplinary Printmaking from the University of West of England (2003). He lives and works in Devon and is a Lecturer at Plymouth College of Art on the BA (Hons) Painting Drawing & Printmaking programme. 

He currently has a studio practice based in Devon where he continues to explore his long held interest in materials. Over the past 15 years, this line of research has led him to produce multiple series’ of work (sometimes made over years) that explore the idea of what a painting is and, therefore, the question of how to make a painting.

Robert Manners

No. XV

acrylic on waterford saunders paper 640 gsm

90 cm x 102 cm

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© Robert Manners

“I find the physical permanence and presence of materials fascinating; their solidarity, their colour, their potential; what they are supposed to be used for and what they can be used for is endlessly fascinating to me. Life is like a game of collage. I’m always trying to find an equivalent to these questions. I’m always trying to make something that is precisely itself rather than an approximation of what may have informed the work.”

Robert has co-founded artists’ collectives and gallery spaces. He has produced and curated numerous shows including Museum commissions. He is currently working with international partners on a research based project called Whisper-Listen-Whisper which is an exchange and collaboration with The Baptist University of Hong Kong’s Visual Arts Academy.

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Robert Manners

No. IX

acrylic on waterford saunders paper 640 gsm

40 cm x 51 cm

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© Robert Manners

Robert Manners

No. VII

acrylic on waterford saunders paper 640 gsm

51 cm x 62 cm

Price Available Upon Request

© Robert Manners

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Artist Profile

Robert Manners

B. 1964 - Lives and Works in Devon, UK

Education

MA Multi-Disciplinary Printmaking, University of West England (UWE), 2003 

HND in Mural Design, Chelsea School of Art, London, 1985

Solo Exhibitions

2021

From the heart, from the hip in a time of sleep, Works on paper at ARTMILL Gallery, Plymouth, UK.

 

2018

Painting the Readymade, Project Space 1, Plymouth College of Art

 

2017

Under Construction Forever… (part III), Site specific construction, paintings, prints & collages, Theatre Royal, Plymouth

 

2016

Equivalents & Prototypes, ARTMILL Gallery, Plymouth

 

2010

Seascape Refits, Create Centre, Bristol

Group Exhibitions & Projects

2020-21

Whisper-Listen-Whisper 

Ongoing research project in collaboration with Hong Kong Baptist University, Academy of Visual Arts, Hong Kong

 

2018

N-E-W…ideas – Lead Curator for a takeover show of the Old Methodist Chapel (now Ashburton Arts Centre)

New Religions – Permanent print-based installation work made in the Arts Centre as part of the show

 

2016

Fathoms Fragments Fieldwork, Green Hill Arts,  Moretonhampstead, Devon

 

2015

‘SLOW’ Abstraction, School for Creative Arts, Plymouth

Plymouth Weekender

Affordable Art Fair with Transistor Gallery, London
 

Co-Founder & Curator of CONTAINER –  Artists’ led gallery & project space, Bristol

 

2010-2011

The Plinth Project – Commissioned project by BRISTOL CITY MUSEUM & ART GALLERY

Curated and Produced by CONTAINER. 6

Artists making a site-specific artwork for the empty plinth in the Museum’s entrance foyer

Under Construction Forever… (part I)

Site specific installation – construction painting – in Bristol City Museum & Gallery


Collaborative program between CONTAINER and Bristol City Museum & Gallery

Awards

FHEA – Fellowship of the Higher Education Academy 2018

Works

Robert Manners

No. XV

acrylic on waterford saunders paper 640 gsm

90 cm x 102 cm

Price Available Upon Request

© Robert Manners

Robert Manners

No. IX

acrylic on waterford saunders paper 640 gsm

40 cm x 51 cm

Price Available Upon Request

© Robert Manners

Robert Manners

No. VII

acrylic on waterford saunders paper 640 gsm

51 cm x 62 cm

Price Available Upon Request

© Robert Manners

Unless otherwise stated, artworks © The Artist. © 2021 London Paint Club

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