ROB THOMPSON

Ink and Wash / Llinell a Lliw

Rob was born and brought up in north Wales, which enabled him to spend much time walking the mountains of Snowdonia and the coasts of north and west Wales. In the process he gained inspiration and appreciation of the wonderful landscapes and features of the area.  


Rob trained as an architectural designer at The University of Liverpool and later completed his Masters at the Centre for Alternative Technology in mid Wales.  He is passionate about the protection and conservation of the environment and the old buildings within it.


His subject is the everyday - the abandoned dwelling, the old gate, or the derelict barn. He has a real fascination for vernacular architecture, especially which of the western seaboards with a particular love and fondness for the west coast of Scotland and, of course, his native Wales. In many of his pieces rural vernacular buildings appear nestling and at one within the Celtic landscapes. These old buildings are, he feels, vital to record as so many continue to decay and eventually disappear.


Rob works mainly in fluid line and wash to capture the gritty nature of the Welsh landscape and its vanishing buildings, although he can often be found sketching in the outdoors with pencil and charcoal too. He has exhibited across the country both solo and with other artists and has had work shown at Oriel Glyn y Weddw. His current project includes the production of a book featuring an artist's journey around the Llyn Peninsula.