Iain Robertson: Accessing the Abstract

Iain Robertson, Mexican Toy Box, oil on canvas, 2008 91 x 122 cm (courtesy 108 F
Iain Robertson, Mexican Toy Box, oil on canvas, 2008 91 x 122 cm (courtesy 108 Fine Art)

Bill Hare writes about the work of Iain Robertson on the occasion of the exhibition Iain Roberston: Paintings 2007-2012 at 108 Fine Art, Harrogate, UK, through July 7, 2012.

Hare notes: "Being an abstract artist is it appropriate to ask, what is the subject content of Robertson's paintings? Despite their non-mimetic appearance they are not as radically different from figurative pictures as many might think. At their heart both kinds of painting are involved with the subject of visual descriptive narrative. The crucial difference however, is that while figurative pictures always need to narrate an external subject-real or imagined- abstract ones, like those of Iain Robertson's, chronicle their own internal process of coming into existence."