Tuesday, 15 July 2014

Robert Stewart

Robert Stewart
Design 1946-95
Liz Arthur
Glasgow School of Art Press, 2003  

Robert Stewart was an artist who for many years taught at the Glasgow School of Art. Prolific and protean, he produced work in almost every medium and for many purposes, from commercial fabric design to public commissions to private collections.

Turned wooden figures, 1953/4

Sun Man fabric design, 1953/4, Liberty of London

Stewart and students, 1969. Note chin-stroker.

Genesis tapestry, 1970, Strathclyde University

Design for tankard, 1957-63
I discovered his work whole researching school murals, and Stewart produced some fine examples. They are very much of the period but I like them for that, and imagine Jerry Cornelius cavorting on the rooftops above this example from Kensington.

Ceramic mural, Royal Garden Hotel, Kensington, 1964

Mural installation at Eastwood High School, Renfrewshire, 1965

Mural for Adelphi Street School, Gorbals, Glasgow, 1965

Ceramic mural, Douglas Academy, Milngavie, 1966

Ceramic mural, Glendareuel and Kilmodan Primary School, 1975

Ceramic panel based on gravestones
A-frame guest house and Stewart's studio, Loch Striven

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