Robert is a landscape painter in the English tradition, Perry travels widely throughout Europe in the Renault “Traffic” van which he has converted into a unique mobile “field studio” incorporating numerous items of purpose-specific equipment which he has fabricated or adapted to suit his highly unorthodox modus operandi.
Born, brought up and educated in the industrial zone of the English West Midlands, known since the Industrial Revolution as “The Black Country”, Perry’s exposure to its culture of hard work, engineering, problem solving and craftsmanship has profoundly influenced the development of his working practice and methods.
Robert Perry is a prominent member of the Royal Birmingham Society of Artists. He works exclusively on location, producing vigorous paintings and drawings of the European landscape and the effects wrought upon it by light, atmosphere, season, the passage of time and Man’s activities, agriculture, urbanization, industrialization and war. The breadth of his vision and sense of history is extensive. His range of subject matter is vast but, be it the rugged beauty of the High Alps, The Cliffs at Etretat, the meadows around Auvers-sur-Oise where Van Gogh and Daubigny painted, the battlefields and tunnels of the First World War or the grim remains of Auschwitz and Oradour, the work also represents Perry’s reflections on the human condition and the enigmas of Time and Space.