The sea in art has always provided an allegory for life, passing, hope and salvation. My 'Beacon' paintings are very simple. Lighthouse, boat, sea and sky. Simply, these paintings are about hope. The viewer decides what each element means to them. Hope, dreams, direction to safety.
The 'Beacon' origins are inspired by two simple elements that I have drawn from my body of work. Twenty years of artistic exploration have crossed to make the story of the Beacon paintings - the RNLI and Apollo 14.
Medium: Oil on panel
Dimensions: 18" x 24"
Video about Beacon to Tranquility
A .jpeg image of Robert's popular 'Beacon' series of paintings was accepted by NASA to travel aboard the Osiris Rex spacecraft and will travel 5bn kms in space to return in 2025.
Robert was born in Dublin, Ireland 1964, he studied Fine Art at Dun Laoghaire School of Art, Dublin, Ireland.
Robert has been painting full time for over 17 yrs and has established a growing reputation in Ireland and internationally.
He is native of Malahide, a coastal village north of Dublin city. Robert's studio was for nine years situated high on the most easterly point of Howth head. From here he was inspired by the land and seascapes that stretch as far as the mountains of Mourne in the north, to the coast of Wales in the east. Today he paints at his studio in Donabate and on the nearby beaches and shores.
His work is also inspired by his maritime heritage. His grandfather saw the Titanic at Cobh and witnessed the victims of the Lusitania. He is very influenced by Lambay island and the wreck of the John Tayleur. A .jpeg image of his popular ‘Beacon’ series of paintings was accepted by NASA to travel aboard the Osiris Rex spacecraft and will travel 5bn kms in space to return in 2025.
Robert has recently been honoured to be the first Irish artist in forty years to be represented by the esteemed Galerie Artis, Pont- Aven, France. This village is at the historical heart of impressionist painting. He is currently exhibiting his highly successful 'Beacon' paintings there.