Robert Fitzmaurice (born 1960) is originally from the Midlands but has lived in Reading since 1984. His painting, printmaking and mixed media work is characterised by an expressive use of colour and form. He studied Fine Art at the universities of Sunderland and Reading, and through exhibitions in the UK and abroad his work has entered a number of private collections.
Notable exhibitions include: ‘Artist the Day’ Angela Flowers Gallery, London (1984); and ‘Heaven+Hell’ Espacio Gallery, London (2014); The RA Summer Exhibition 2016 and 'Innervisions', IPCNY, New York 2016
"I create absurd, charged, fragmented narratives. They draw upon human dramas, especially childhood and rites of passage, to excavate the patterns of behaviour, systems and structures which define us. Contrasting personal motifs with history and contemporary culture their main preoccupations are with power, vulnerability and desire.
As I work my source elements are combined and abstracted at will. This drives an evolving vocabulary of forms that play with meaning and layered identities. Likewise my colour palettes may be lifted from Poussin, an Instagram snap or the films of Wong Kar Wei, but are always chosen to evoke a seductive yet melancholy tone that sits deliberately at odds with the ludicrous scenarios I conjure."