Robert Oxley

Robert Oxley

Robert’s previous work has been primarily photorealistic, natural history painting exploring themes of loss of natural habitat and species extinction. However, having seen the rise of more abstract, surrealist pieces, he has taken a different approach in his more recent work. Immersing himself in pop surrealism, influenced by artists such as Robert Crumb, Glenn Brown and Robert Williams, Robert presents us with what he called a ‘psychedelic natural history’. He says: “I took a bunch of canvases and with no ideas no references and no vision of a finished painting I just painted and let it happen. As the paintings grew I realised that I wanted something that was loose and expressionistic, yet was controlled and detailed. “Now 30 paintings in I have a whole new way of working and this has freed me up in many ways. It seems I am distorting images that I have spent years making as real as possible and it feels good.”