Rob Swinburne was born on September 17, 1977 in Hertfordshire and grew up in Pensilva, East Cornwall. From an early age Rob’s artistic talent and love of the Cornish coastline was evident.
” I would draw waves with surfers on them doing all sorts of crazy tricks, it was a way of bringing the sea to me!”
During his secondary school years, influenced by the graffiti hip-hop culture and drawing inspiration from the works of M.C Esher, Dali and Ralph Stedman, Rob’s art started to evolve and by his early 20’s he had begun experimenting with biro art.
” I love the instant gratification of producing intricate illustrative pieces”
His was invited to exhibit at a long established gallery in Helston, West Cornwall where a selection of his biro pieces and bigger works were featured. This was well received and encouraged Rob to develop his biro work further, with the introduction of colour being the main difference between these new works and the previous contrasting black and white pieces.
In 2014 an article in Hi-fructose magazine featuring the art of Greg Simkin had a huge effect on Rob’s art,
“I was completely in awe of his work, it was perfect, it was everything my eyes desired and I wanted that in my life!”
Rob began painting at the end of 2014,
” I had never used paint and didn’t own any paint brushes, I just knew I could do it and achieve the results I desired”