Born in February 1972, Robert Meldrum's paintings are a meditation on the landscape around where he lives in West Sussex.
“Although I would say reading inspires me to I can never hear the radio while painting. I get lost in the images and they become your soul company for the day. I always like to be surprised by the images and love the jolts they produce when they come into view. So I paint Trees, Clouds and Flyovers and the light from the Airport at night, finding complexity within them... Jean-Luc Godard once said all you need is a girl and a gun to make a film and with this in mind a have taken often the most simple elements of the English landscape tradition in order to refresh it.”
Meldrum's influences are grounded in American painters like Rauschenberg, Johns and Guston and use similar domestic paints influenced from the Neo Dada movement to his love of Graffiti. This also allows him to be less precious about using traditional painter’s materials allowing him to experiment more in the process.
2011, Jan-Feb, 60 Threadneedle Street, Solo Show: CULTS OF SUSSEX
2011, September, Chequer Mead Gallery, Solo Show: TECHNICAL ASSAULT