Following a childhood spent roaming the forests of a North East coalmining village, Robert Oxley’s affinity with nature is evident in every instinctive paint drop and brushstroke.
Immersing himself in Pop Surrealism, Robert presents viewers with what he calls “psychedelic natural history”. As an animal lover, he has recently worked on projects with The Big Cat Sanctuary and the National K9 Memorial to raise money for animals in need.
Robert usually starts with a two-inch brush and block in some shapes to decide where the eyes and mouth will be placed – usually in a very thin yellow wash. As this is drying, he cuts in the form on the animals. Once this is dry, he quickly covers the area with yellow paint and lets it run down the canvas before building up colour with successively thicker paint. He tries to make the work look like it was made quickly and loosely, but on inspection every brushstroke is considered.
“I love the freedom and brutality of nature, but I don’t like what we are humans are doing to it. My art is a way of exploring and exposing this.”
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