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Art in Healthcare is the leading arts provider for health organisations in Scotland. We lend high quality, original artwork to hospitals and other healthcare settings and provide fun-filled art workshops and talks for patients, care home residents and sheltered housing communities.
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Composition

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Iain Robertson

Composition
Composition by Iain Robertson
Gouache
1992
62 x 64 cm

Reg. Number: P338

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From an application of random colour and shape, Iain's paintings develop into a harmony of symbols referencing contemporary culture. The interrelationship between chance and action is what brings this artist closer to dealing with what he calls multiplicity of information and the influence of visual and audible stimulus on the process¬Ě. Iain uses music as a distraction from the activity of painting, stimulating the insertion of chance imagery. In this artwork he uses a variety of brush stroke and colour to excite ones sensory perception, provoking a sense of self-awareness within the representational world around us. Iain's degree of independence from the representational world in his work allows for a more direct, unmediated encounter with ones sensibilities.

Music is arguably the most abstract form of artistic expression. It tends to deal with the intangible elements of life - things we are unable to perceive through a sense of touch such as emotional states. Musical compositions are predominantly abstract, as they do not seek to reproduce the sounds one hears in reality. In the same way music uses a language of sound to create compositions; abstract art uses a language of form, colour and line, to create visual compositions. The cohesion between music and abstract art is natural as they both use their chosen stimuli to affect our auditory or visual senses. Iain's paintings stimulate both in a multisensory display of colour and form.


Iain Robertson was born in Cyprus in 1955. He lived in Edinburgh during his childhood, attending school at the Royal High Academy. After leaving school, he joined the Civil Service. Following two years with the Inland Revenue, he left to study art at the Cumbria College of Art & Design in Carlisle (1978-1979) and at the Exeter College of Art and Design in Devon from 1979 to 1982.

In 1983, he was awarded a six month painting residency at Grizedale Sculpture Park in Cumbria. In 1984, he exhibited at the SPACEX gallery in Exeter, Devon and in the spring of 1986 he travelled to America with fellow artist Clare Wardman, where their work was shown in private galleries and public collections in Chicago, New York, Baltimore and Philadelphia.

Iain shared a studio with Clare Wardman in North Devon between 1986 and 1987 and in 1988 (at the age of 33), he was awarded £10,000 by the Pollock-Krasner Foundation - an American foundation - to support the continuation of his abstract impressionist works for the next year. He was the first Scottish inhabitant to be awarded this grant.

In an interview in the Scotsman, he had said "I decided to come back to Edinburgh because I felt the need for city stimulus. There's certainly a lot more happening here in the art world than ever before and I am hoping there will be more opportunities here for my work." His work is in various private collections in Germany, Denmark, Norway, Scotland, England, the USA, Canada, Hong Kong and New Zealand.
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Since 1991 our charity has been assembling one of the largest and most prestigious Collections of original Scottish art in the country. These artworks are uniquely available for display in hospitals and other healthcare settings.


Art in Healthcare is truly committed to the important role that art plays in the healing environment but we need your help to properly maintain and build this unique Collection for the enjoyment and benefit of the hundreds of thousands of staff, patients and visitors who view it each year.


With your help we're able to:


Keep our Collection on display in hospitals and care homes
Support young artists at their degree shows
Buy artwork from professional artists
Provide fun-filled art workshops for patients and care home residents
Develop our training programmes for volunteers


Adopt an artwork from our Collection for just £3 a month and you'll receive:


Your name (or a loved one's) written next to your chosen artwork online
A certificate of adoption with a picture of the artwork
Invites to Art in Healthcare's special events
First to view our latest Prestigious Print
Our colourful e-newsletter


"My patients really enjoy looking at our collection. Sometimes they even do an 'art tour' around the premises." ~ Barron Dental Practice


You can adopt an artwork in the gallery, if it hasn't already been adopted, by clicking the 'Adopt Me' button below the picture of the artwork.


Our Charity

Art in Healthcare is the leading arts provider for health organisations in Scotland. We lend high quality, original artwork to hospitals and other healthcare settings and provide fun-filled art workshops and talks for patients, care home residents and sheltered housing communities.
Find out more about our work at Art in Healthcare.
Adopt an artwork
Donate with JustGiving

Helpful Links

Maggies Edinburgh

Macmillan Information and Support Centre


Total Pageviews

482


Supported by Edinburgh Art Fair