Cameo #22- Robert Maclaurin

Robert Maclaurin is a prize winning landscape based painter with an international reputation. A Menzies Fellowship in 1995-6 at the late Clifton Pugh’s Dunmoochin Foundation Studio originally brought Maclaurin to Australia. After moving from Edinburgh, Scotland, he has made his permanent home and studio just outside Castlemaine since 2001.

He has won numerous prizes for his work including The Noble Grossart painting prize -Scotlandsversion of The Wynne prize and The James Farrell Portrait prize in Castlemaine amongst others. Widely travelled, Maclaurin has won travelling scholarships and residencies including those from The Royal Scottish Academy, The Turkish Government, The British Council, The Scottish Arts Council and The Robert Menzies Fellowship (Australia) amongst others.

Maclaurin is a painter of vast landscapes, often working ‘en plein air’ and completing the finished work in his studio.  Working almost exclusively in oils he often depicts the figure in landscape, an indication of the power and grandeur of the surroundings.  The paintings contain a haunting quality that is quite mystical and timeless, and require lengthy examination. 

Well known for his impressive landscapes and widely collected in Europe, America and Australia, he has at least one major solo show annually. Maclaurin exhibits regularly with high profile gallery representation in London(Osborne Samuel), Edinburgh (Open Eye Gallery), Melbourne (Australian Galleries) and Sydney (Australian Galleries).

Robert Maclaurin has major works in many public collections including The Scottish National Gallery of Modern Art, Scottish Government Collection, Contemporary Art Society, London, The Scottish National Portrait Gallery, Edinburgh, The Flemings/Wyfold Art Foundation and locally Castlemaine Art Gallery and Museum. He has work in important private collections worldwide including The Queen, Sir Jeremy Isaacs, Lord Jeffrey Archer and JK Rowling. 
The images shown here are examples only and you can see more of his work at his website –


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