Robbie has shown his distinctive narrative paintings throughout the UK for the last 25 years. His work, inspired the characters and the places he has lived and worked, has won several national awards including the Guthrie Medal at the Royal Scottish Academy in 1997.
Born in Liverpool in 1964, Robbie grew up in Aberdeenshire, before graduating in Painting at Edinburgh College of Art in 1990. Over the last 25 years, Robbie has successfully combined a career as both an artist and art college lecturer. He taught painting at Grays School of Art, was Head of Fine Art at University of Chichester, also lectured at Kent Institute of Art and Design and Oxford Brookes University. Robbie moved back in Scotland in 2007 to become the coordinator of short courses at Edinburgh College of Art and now part of The University of Edinburgh where he is now a lecturer. Robbie was President of Visual Arts Scotland from 2013-2016.
‘My current work straddles daydreams, observation and rural and urban reconstruction of to which I add buildings and people - and the occasional Dalek as a cathartic exposition of barriers to opportunities.’
1989-90 Postgraduate Diploma, Painting. Edinburgh College of Art
1985-89 B.A. (Honours) Degree, Painting, Edinburgh College of Art
1984-85 SCOTVEC Art and Design (Graphics), Aberdeen College of Commerce
2016 - present Lecturer, Art and Design, University of Edinburgh.
2013 – 2016 President, Visual Arts Scotland
2011 – 2016 Couse Organiser, Art and Design Short Courses, University of Edinburgh
2007 – 2011 Lifelong Learning Coordinator, Centre for Continuing Studies
Edinburgh College of Art.
2005 – 2007 Lecturer, Art and Design Foundation, Oxford Brookes University
2002, 2005, 2006, 2008 Invited Artist and Lecturer, Cyprus College of Art, Lemba and Limassol, Cyprus
2004 Part time Lecturer, Foundation, Kent Institute of Art and Design, Rochester
1999-2003 Subject Leader Fine Art, Principal Lecturer, University College Chichester
1997-99 1st Year Coordinator and Lecturer, Gray's School of Art, Aberdeen
1994 Visiting Lecturer, Crawford College of Art and Design, Cork, Ireland
1993-97 Full time Painting Lecturer, Gray's School of Art, Aberdeen
1992 Visiting Lecturer, Glasgow School of Art
1992-93 Part-time Lecturer, Gray's School of Art, Aberdeen
1991-92 Part-time Lecturer, Edinburgh College of Art
1991 Visiting Lecturer, Gray's School of Art, Aberdeen
1989-90 Evening Class Drawing Tutor, Edinburgh College of Art
1989 (summer) Art and Crafts Counsellor, Camp Thoreau, New York State, U.S.A
1988 (summer) Community arts Tutor, The Blackie, The Great George's
Cultural Community Art Project, Liverpool
1987 (summer) Designer for Merry Mac Fun Co., Edinburgh based professional theatre group