ROBI WALTERSBritish b. 1973

ROBI WALTERSBritish b. 1973

"Even though there's obvious labour involved in the pieces, they have the effect of lightness, and of freeing something in the viewer. It's like a million raindrops making a lush pool of water. The shapes shift and change - organic but with the edge of industry and modernity in the recycled medium of cardboard and vinyl. Like the material fragments coming together; Robi's work provokes wordless emotion that creates an impulse of positivity, making your heart beat faster. Your heart starts to beat a rhythm that connects you to something bigger, deeper, and infinite."

Thandie Newton - January 2013

The first and most obvious thing one notices about Robi's collages is that they appear to be a cacophony of colour. Delve a little deeper and the structure of the works reveal an evocation of the 1000 petal lotus flower, connecting the work (whether in card or vinyl) to Robi's interest in chakra meditation. This sense of bringing calm to chaos is important to Robi and is reflected in his work. The act of producing the work, especially the ink drawings, is meditative in itself.

The choice of material is interesting. The card is sourced from household packaging and the vinyl from old L.P.'s and 45s. The artist is engaged in an act of recycling while also referencing pop culture. This embraces the ‘high art’ practice of appropriating mass produced material that has its roots in the Pop Art and Arte Povera movements, but also represents Robi's personal interest and involvement with popular music and youth cultures. Robi has shown with Waterhouse & Dodd for the past two years, enjoying great success at art fairs from Art Miami to Abu Dhabi. He was recently selected by The Daily Telegraph and Lexus as one of the most exciting creative talents working in Britain today and, by public vote, won the Arts and Culture category after being shortlisted in the Creating the Amazing initiative.