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Dirk Robertson

Dirk Robertson
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Being brought up in the Shetland islands I have been well and truly steeped in an ancient culture of story telling. Our folklore spans from as recent as living memory to as far back as Viking times. It includes encounters with malevolent monsters, benevolent music-loving trolls, sea-dwelling giant beasts and goulish warnings from the other side. My approach to carrying on the tradition of story telling is to illustrate the old tales by painting them in rich colourful acrylic. That way I can bring new audiences to the old scenes, characters and themes that are most gripping.

I have been primarily working in acrylic on canvas for the past decade, occasionally dipping into large-scale mural artworks in Scotland and New Zealand. My visual style is heavily inspired by surrealist and fantasy artwork of the 70s and 80s, the kind you would find on movie posters, album covers or board game box art. I strive to make art that I would have appreciated when I was a child, art that gives you a gut reaction of curiosity, threat and beauty.
Shetland Museum and Archives
Exhibition – Myrtle and Meenie book launch
October 2021

Old Haa Museum, Burravoe
Exhibition – Gods and Monsters
June 2019

Shetland Museum and Archives
Exhibition – Gods and Monsters
April 2019

The Outpost, Burra
Mural – “The Watering Hole”
August 2018

Heavy Metal Buffet Music Festival
Exhibition – Dirk Robertson Art
August 2017

Bazils Hostel and Surf School
New Zealand
Mural – “The Legend of Tane Mahuta”
January 2017

Heavy Metal Buffet Music Festival
Exhibition – Dirk Robertson Art
August 2016

Krakatoa, Aberdeen
Mural – “Parrots and Pirates”
November 2015

Peerie Shop Café, Lerwick
Exhibition – Dirk Robertson Art
October 2015

Heavy Metal Buffet Music Festival
Exhibition – Dirk Robertson Art
August 2015

The Moorings, Aberdeen
Mural – “Tiki”
November 2014

Heavy Metal Buffet Music Festival
Exhibition – Dirk Robertson Art
August 2014

Bonhoga Gallery, Shetland
Exhibition – Shetland Open
April 2014

Bazils Hostel and Surf School
New Zealand
Mural – “Legend of Poutini”
January 2014
Destruction of Ymir
  • Dirk Robertson
  • Destruction of Ymir
  • Pen and Ink
Ymir's Well
  • Dirk Robertson
  • Ymir's Well
  • Acrylic
Sigurd And The Trows
  • Dirk Robertson
  • Sigurd And The Trows
  • Acrylic
Thor Vs Jormungandr
  • Dirk Robertson
  • Thor Vs Jormungandr
  • Acrylic
The Shetland Green Man
  • Dirk Robertson
  • The Shetland Green Man
  • Acrylic
Da Njuggle
  • Dirk Robertson
  • Da Njuggle
  • Acrylic
Da Mara
  • Dirk Robertson
  • Da Mara
  • Acrylic
Heksi
  • Dirk Robertson
  • Heksi
  • Acrylic

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