Robert Rutherford was born and raised in Ontario. He studied with David Blackwood at Trinity College School, at the Banff School of Fine Arts, at L’Ecole des Beaux Arts d’Avignon, France, and at the Ontario College of Art. In the mid 1970’s, Robert moved to the Atlantic region where he continues to live and explore coves and ports. It is from these landscapes that Robert creates his art. He has developed his skill as a serigraph printmaker in unique ways. His manipulation of the screens often create visual textures and shadings not always found in serigraphs.
Robert enjoys a playful nature and his works reflect that inquisitiveness. Movement plays an important role in many of his works; the path of a water current, the roll of a cloud or a Viking ship sailing through the sky. “Travelling around in fine weather is a Maritime adventure. The time of day or tide changes the look of a place. An hours drive can find you in a different kind of geography. A hundred million years ago, Nova Scotia hugged Europe and Africa, keeping souvenirs of each.”
“Each of these hand made pieces begins with hours of drawing while on camping trips with my forty year old motorcycle. Weeks in the studio produce a screen print of over twenty layers of ink. Like the layers of the drumlins, the granite and the beaches, they endure because they are genuine.”
Robert Rutherford’s paintings and prints have exhibited in solo and group exhibitions throughout Central and Eastern Canada. His work is found in collections such as; Saint Mary’s University, Burnaby Art Gallery, Royal Military College, Imperial Oil Co., and Parks Canada.