Braveheart Robert Oxley



Braveheart by Robert Oxley – Hand Embellished Giclee on Canvas

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Robert Oxley


Boxed Canvas

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36” x 36”

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Braveheart by Robert Oxley

For as long as he can remember, Robert Oxley has loved painting. As a child, one of his drawings was published in a book called ‘Getting Ready For School’ and sent to nursery children all over the world.

Robert developed a passion for wildlife and, longing to be a zoo keeper, began to make and paint dioramas for imaginary zoos. At the age of 12, he accepted a challenge from his grandfather to draw all the birds in an illustrated book of birds they both loved. To his surprise, his grandfather then arranged an exhibition of them at his workplace!

Robert attempted an art A-level at school and a degree later in life, but found both too repetitive. As a result, he is entirely self-taught, explaining: “Everything I know I taught myself from watching and doing. If I saw something I liked, I’d try it myself and I never give up on a piece.”

“When I created this body of work I wanted to take natural history painting in a new direction, I had been committed to natural history painting for 20 years and needed to find my own voice in a genre which is all technique and little imagination. My work is in part about my history in wildlife art and then deconstructing it – washing it away to reveal another way of conveying wildlife for myself.”

The highland cow lends itself very well to the style of Robert Oxley. “Its frantic, tatty and iconic hair, always over its eyes like an unruly teenager. This piece is where I feel all the elements of my work have come together. The colour, the crazy zig-zag sharp edges and the dripping paint, with such a fun creature give it a funky psychedelic feel. A whole load of fun to paint.”