Lorna Robertson


Everything put together falls apart

Paintings and drawings

Lorna Robertson is an artist based in Glasgow. She studied at Duncan of Jordanstone College of Art in the late 1980’s. She has had solo and two person exhibitions, including Kodachroma at Glasgow Project Room (2013), This Dark ceiling at the Intermedia Gallery, CCA Glasgow (2008) and The Overlooked at Atelier Am Eck, Dusseldorf (2006). She was an artist in residence at Hospitalfield School of Art in 1989 and 1998.

“I often paint to find out what to paint, the process itself becoming an act of revealing.

Things grow in the making.

My paintings go somewhere between abstraction and figuration, a tangled game of hide- and-seek that plays with the visibility and readability of an image.

I think of the arena of painting being like thought itself, a space where internal feelings and external stimuli are intuitively juggled and synthesised. Source material is varied and wide ranging from Vogue covers to ancient rugs. This is to aid and give some form to my thoughts but is often simply a vehicle and a starting point. Music and poetry is also an important influence through its structures and moods.

My main impulse and interest is visual. To create harmonies and tensions through placement of shape, specificity of colour, the activation of painted surface.

Through this visual language I hope each painting to find its own unique direction.”

Lorna Robertson 2018.

Alexandra Petrie