Robert Lever has been a resident of Salford since 2000 and became a full time artist following a sell out exhibition at a local gallery.
Self taught, he supplemented his studies with occasional, formal tuition (e.g. in academic realism) and he is passionate about both fine art and graphic art,
Although distinctive, Robert refuses to limit his style to any particular type or theme and almost every new painting shows experimentation, if not always a new path to follow. He is greatly influenced by Cubism, which he believes, even 100 years on, has not reached its full potential.
Although Robert has been represented by commercial galleries, his preference is to deal directly with customers/collectors.
Robert also undertakes commissions, offers art tuition (individual and group) and undertakes commercial work either directly with the customer or via agencies.
"Agatha Raisin" (TV Show)
My biggest commission to date!!!
This was for a stylized oil portrait of Agatha herself (played by Ashley Jensen) and a limited edition of 50 prints, each signed by author M.C. Beaton, Ashley Jensen and myself. These are prizes for fans of the show.
Incidentally, Agatha’s picture has a part in the show!!! It appears in her office, hung on the back wall. This series is scheduled for late 2019
Salford Star (Interview)
I've appeared in one or two publications over the years but this interview with my local paper means more than most.
I respect the Star a lot as it runs as a cause rather than for profit and they are very supportive of local artists, bands, etc - as seen in this very positive article!
Salford City Council - Christmas Card
In 2016, I was honored to be asked to provide the artwork for the official Salford City Council christmas card, by City Mayor (Paul Dennett)
Left Lion Magazine
Nottingham's iconic Left Lion magazine is a cultural institution in the city and has commissioned me twice; once for the prestigious front cover and pull out poster (Issue #108) and once for a piece on poet Miggy Angel (Issue #105).
I was also interviewed for the magazine.
Exquisite Corpse International
I was over the moon to be invited to be the UK representative for the original Exquistite Corpse game, which is run from St Petersburg, Florida which has an extremely active and high quality art community.
Eccles Festival - publicity material
My painting 'Eccles, Remembrance' was shown at Eccles Community Art Gallery in 2010.
This brought it to the attention of the Eccles Festival Committee (representation includes representatives from The Lowry, Salford Council and local businesses) who have used it for branding and promotional purposes for several years.
This painting also won the Smiths Restaurant 'Personal Choice' award when it was originally shown.