Marian was getting ready for the arrival for lunchtime guests and the pizza oven was in full flame warming the restaurant gallery.
Armed with a freshly brewed hot coffee we set off to be amused by Roberts’s wonderful artworks hosted on site in a intimate gallery space that accommodates quiet thought and reflection in a comfortable chair if needed.
Robert was born in England in 1926. With a solid base of education, training and illustration experience in London he had moved to Australia by the end of 1954. Robert worked as an advertising illustrator in Adelaide and In Melbourne with also a stint as a lecturer at Caulfield Institute of Technology Art School.
On the man himself, Robert is a rare breed. He depicts people, in his artworks, in whimsical circumstances and paints about the humorous and wry side of Australian life, working in either water colour or oil. His works are truly delightful. Full of fun, life and activity. His extraordinary attention to detail makes his paintings fascinating; the more you look into them the more you can see. There is much to think and laugh about in his paintings. They are an endless source of inspiration and entertainment, much like Robert himself! Robert is a most accomplished and versatile artist who is represented in institutional and private collections in the United Kingdom, Europe and Australia.”
Indeed looking between the galleries you can see super sized pumpkins from the garden, huge floral pieces, hand painted platters juxtaposed amongst creative pieces of garden art and those ducks which seem to have bred like rabbits are peaking their heads around items as well.